Sunday, September 28, 2008
“This used to be an area where people got their start. Now it’s a place to land once you’ve made it”
The Times has a great story today about two women who saved their home from destruction at 27 Cooper Square to make way for Cooper Square Hotel. We hear from 74-year-old Hettie Jones and her garden:
“I grew the most fantastic tomatoes and peppers up there, veggies that need lots of light,” lamented Ms. Jones. “We used to have views from every angle, but now they only exist from the hotel’s penthouse.”
She has lived here since 1962.
Pointing to the cluster of new luxury towers rising in the square, Ms. Jones added with a sigh: “This used to be an area where people got their start. Now it’s a place to land once you’ve made it.”
Jeremiah had a post on the history of 35 Cooper Square this past summer.
[Photo: Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times]