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Cooper Union's Hewitt Goes Topless on the Bowery

Demolition of Cooper Union's old Hewitt Building on the Bowery just below St. Mark's Place in the East Village is in full swing. Jackhammers have chipped away at the stone facade revealing a skeleton of steel beams, leaving just a memory of Old New York below the glistening glob of blue across the way. All this to make way for Thomas Mayne's new Psychedelic Pleasure Palace set to rise here soon.

[The Hewitt Building pre-Demo (left) and today, with St. George's dome beyond]

When this humble old building comes down it will more fully reveal St. George's Ukrainian Catholic Church just to the east on little Taras Shevchenko Place and East 7th Street. That same intersection is also the home of the even older McSorley's Ale House, the perfect place to tip a few while watching the stone crack and crumble (arrive really early if going there on St. Patty's Day).

· Cooper Union Demolition Gets Head Start [Curbed]
· Tom Wolfe on Landmarking: No Mas [Curbed]
· At the Sculpture for Living, No Park for You! [Curbed]
· Cooper Union's Psychedelic Pleasure Palace [Curbed]
· Friday PM Linkage: On St. Pat's Day, McSorley's line forms at 5:15 a.m. [Curbed]