Incongruity in the East Village

It’s difficult to believe that as recently as two years ago, this was nothing more than a parking lot located next to the Public Theater (Lafayette Street side) and the building that houses the offices of the Village Voice (Bowery side).

Right across the street, heading east on Saint Mark’s Place is Cooper Union.

Perhaps the glass monstrosity is the new face of the East Village for the new century and figures in what will be Cooper’s “revitalization” of Cooper Square. Of note is the university’s proposed “New Academic Building” (click here to view floorplans and an artist’s rendition of its exterior). Its a bit jarring and somewhat incongruous for the neighborhood in my opinion. A glass box is still a glass box regardless of spin.

Another shot of Cooper’s Foundation Building. The arches lend a particularly pleasant aesthetic that invites and welcomes instead of excluding.

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