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Somebody Loves the Cooper Square Hotel

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Bloomberg architecture critic James S. Russell gave a nice pre-holiday fluff job to the Cooper Square Hotel, which opens on Thursday with special "introductory" rates of $275 (down from $375). Design was of the essence given the building's location -- Cooper Union and the New Museum occupy blocks on either side -- and the more creative clientele the hotel hopes to attract. Shouldn't be a problem, judging by Russell's assessment: Architect Carlos Zapata has a "rare touch," having created "sculptural drama with finesse" in a "billowing" building that makes "plenty of attention-seeking gestures" with its "distinct" and "thorough" design. Hot. [Bloomberg]