Best example of a building that never should have gone up (2008)

Astor Place Tower

OK, sure, we know, some people have more money than others, as Hemingway famously explained to F. Scott Fitzgerald when Scott insisted that the rich are different from you and me. But how can it be that the horrendous bilge-green glass Astor Place Tower, now looming over the Alamo cube and the subway entrance and the skateboarders like Godzilla at a tea party in Lilliput, only contains what its website describes as "39 residential luxury loft units"? So, only 39 mugs and their families, if they have them, are going to live in this behemoth? For the sake of 39 people this low-scale neighborhood has been blighted forever? For shame, soulless architects and craven city planners.


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