It's official: Astor Place has traded books for bods. As speculated, the former Barnes & Noble will be a David Barton gym.
Sure, it was a giant chain bookstore--but it does sum up a shift in values, doesn't it? In this one photo we see how much Astor Place has changed very, very recently: The giant luxury condo tower, the glass-box newsstand smothered in billboards, the Starbucks reflected in the glass, and now David Barton and what Michael Musto called "body fascism" in his write-up of a Barton opening where scantily clad boys wore Barton's advertising slogans written on their bare bodies.
We are a city of mirrors within mirrors. Surfaces reflecting onto other surfaces. What depth will be left when all is glass?