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CurbedWire: Blaichman Targets West Village, Lower West Side Plea, I Hate Glass

[703-711 Washington Street photo via PropertyShark]

WEST VILLAGE?Here's an update on 703-711 Washington Street, previously mentioned on the Wire as a rumored boutique hotel. A reader passes along word that the building permit is loaded with names like architect Morris Adjmi and developer Charles Blaichman, who also partnered up on the so-bad-it's-good High Line Building. Just take a look at that photo above. Talk about a sitting duck! [CurbedWire Inbox]

HUDSON SQUARE?While our neighborhood name poll rages a wee bit south, a Hudson Squarite wants to reclaim the retired LWS tag: "We live near Greenwich and Spring Streets, in the area west of Soho, south of the West Village, and north of TriBeCa, which you guys are calling 'Hudson Square.' The problem with that name is that it seems totally artificial. Nobody knows where it is, and why name an entire neighborhood after a tiny little park that no one visits? Other suggestions have been: West Soho and West of Varick (WeVar). My suggestion -- which, because it seems obvious in hindsight, has to stick -- is "Lower West Side." isn't the symmetry with UWS, UES, and LES beautiful? And geographically and descriptively, it fits perfectly." We're church-going boys, so if Trinity tell us it's Hudson Square, it's Hudson Square. [CurbedWire Inbox]

ISLAND OF GLASS?We finish up with a good reader rant: "The steady drumbeat of demolition and new glass and steel condos will before long wipe out the vestiges of 'old' New York (with notable exceptions like the Village). Why are the powers that be letting this happen!?! ( Obviously, a rhetorical question) With unique nightclubs and shops being ousted for cookie-cutter towers, who will want to live here anymore in 5 years? Manhattan will just be a giant bedroom community. Do Curbed posters care about this?" [CurbedWire Inbox]