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Michael Arad's Milk Crates

Michael Arad, designer of the "Reflecting Absence" memorial for the WTC site, has been praised for the clean lines of his design. Outside his East Village apartment, however, things allegedly aren't so tidy. A Curbed reader reports:

His concept for Ground Zero might be minimal, but his apartment is maximal. I went to a party at a friend of a friend's who just happens to live in the same walk-up First Avenue building as Arad. The stairwell landing outside of Arad's apartment is extremely cluttered. Tons of milk crates filled to the max with all kinds of crap. What I mostly remember is alot of diapers being out there. I totally wanted to flick a Marlboro into that firetrap.