It was cool and quirky and weird. It was a fun building to be in. It had marble speckled floors and, I'm pretty sure, aluminum bannisters. It was an Odd-Job store so of course it was total chaos, but still you got the vibe that you weren't shoping in say KMart or even Odd-Job's might-have-been neighbor, the swank new Whole Foods that recently opened just east of the demo'd site.For those seeking a taste of Lapidus in Manhattan, Unbeige notes that the Metropolitan Hotel at Lexington and 51st (above) beckons, "a white building with a sweeping curvy facade and turquoise details that feel much more Miami than midtown."
· Crimes Against Urbanity (Preservation Edition) [Unbeige]
· DoubleTree Metropolitan Hotel [metropolitannyc.com]
· Union Square's Stairway to Nowhere Vanishes [Curbed]