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CurbedWire: Cooper Square Goes Zen, CabanaGate, Violations Up in Queens

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EAST VILLAGE?The Cooper Square Hotel means a lot of things to a lot of people. To the tipster who sent this sunset photo in, it's "A Meditation on the Inherent Meaninglessness of Life," as the email subject line told us. We see it more as a statement on the dichotomy of man. [CurbedWire Inbox]

LOWER EAST SIDE?Responding to the widening scandal that is CabanaGate at 154 Attorney Street, a knowledgeable tipster writes: "The roof plan that is there shows they are only required about 1,100 sf of tenant public rec space. I did some quick calcs and it looks like they grossly underestimated the required amount of space to satisfy zoning. At the end of the day it's probably only a few hundred square feet (1 or 2 cabanas) they might have to give back to the 'public' rec space, but whatever. What's 50 or 100K worth of cabanas between friends?" [CurbedWire Inbox]

QUEENS?Via press release, some interesting numbers on Queens construction complaints fielded by the Buildings Department in September: 3,451 construction inspections, up 23% from September '06; issued 570 violations, a 24.5% increase from September '06. [CurbedWire Inbox]