One of our favorite responses, via Richard Bensam:
It dwarfs its surroundings and is actually less appealing than the building it replaces -- something many previously thought impossible.
On the upside, now the herbivorous primates of the East Village will finally learn how to use the femur of an antelope to crack open the skulls of tapirs and become omnivores, ensuring their future evolution into humanity. Later, their remote descendants will discover an exact duplicate of 51 Astor Place buried on the Moon.
Several people asked if the developer could just keep the empty lot the way it looks now...
Bobby Williams took the above shots on Monday afternoon.
Well, anyway, the developer probably has a few dollars tied up in this project (whistling)...
Still, we can be democratic about it. Let's put it to a
Curbed is offering a $100 gift card to St. Mark's Bookshop for the best redesign of 51 Astor Place. Smurfs are always good.
Previously on EV Grieve:
51 Astor Place demolition begins July 1; 17 months to build new black-glass tower
East Village — the new Midtown?
Workers chopping down the trees at 51 Astor Place