If you've been through Astor Place in the East Village as of late, you know that the open parking lot of yore is history, replaced with a rising structure that's radically remaking a once-great open space. From his apartment 27 floors above Astor Place, photoblogger Jesse Chan Norris is engaging in one of our favorite rituals: tracking its growth, one terrifying image at a time. Check his photo gallery for ongoing documentation. Meantime, we're digging into this rising monolith, a 21-story condo development by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates that will tower over the nearby Cooper Union Foundation Building. Full report this afternoon; scoop to firstname.lastname@example.org.
· The Astor Place Development [pith.org]