To tell you the truth, we had no idea what the status was on 51 Astor Place, the 13-story office building of black granite and ribbed glass designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki. A rendering and a model were unveiled in 2008, the Starbucks closed, and Cooper Union cleared out for its new Thom Mayne-designed spaceship a block south.
We waited for the wrecking ball, but the old Coop building is still standing, and the Starbucks has reopened as the New York Film Academy Café. Another credit crunch casualty? Not according to developer Edward J. Minskoff, who tells the Journal that work will start next year on 51 Astor Place, after a short-term lease with a charter school runs out. The building is set to replace Charles Gwathmey's Sculpture for Living as the name-brand architecture closest to the bong shops on St. Marks Place.
· Girls Prep Finds a Building [WSJ]
· 51 Astor Place coverage [Curbed]