The World Trade Center-area news is flying fast and furious today. The latest shocker comes via the Daily Intel blog, where Alec Appelbaum reports that new renderings of the JPMorgan Chase building just south of Ground Zero (on the troubled Deutsche Bank site) show that the cantilevered trading floors have been dropped from the design. The bulge has long been criticized by preservationists who claim the belly will plunge St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and Liberty Park into eternal darkness. In response, a "shadow study" was released on the 42-story building's impact, and architect Eugene Kohn famously said that Liberty Park wouldn't be used much anyway. But it looks like this gripping controversy is over. So where are the trading floors going? And was it gastric bypass or master cleanse?
· JPMorgan Chase Tower at WTC Site to Lose the Beer Gut [Daily Intel]
· EXCLUSIVE: Shadow Study for Chase's Tower of Darkness [Curbed]
· Chase's Tower of Darkness May Lighten Up [Curbed]