Stop the presses! Apparently there was some sort of "explosion" at 445 Lafayette?aka Gwathmey's Astor Place "Sculpture of Living"?this morning. Blogger Jossip was there to overhear a conversation between construction minions as dust poured down from above:
Man Wearing Wifebeater: What the fuck was that?!While we're on the subject, we've been remiss not linking to Gabriel Sherman's Observer article from a week ago chronicling all the changes at Astor Place and its environs, including this gem quote: "The things in the East Village not associated with luxury real estate are rapidly disappearing."
Man Wearing Dirty Wifebeater: I don't have a fucking clue!
[Dust pouring down from above]
MWW: Did he fall?
MWDW: What the fuck, no! [Pause] Did he?
MWW: Oh shit, no, he's right there, then what the fuck was that?
MWDW: Is [name we're assuming belong's the the site manager] here yet?
MWW: I don't think so - I fucking hope not. Let's just get this cleaned up.
· 445 Lafayette: Don't let the boss see this [Jossip]
· Astor Place Goes Upscale?Last Days of Skaters' Hub? [NYObserver]