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Astor Place Complaint Box

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As the demolition of 51 Astor Place nears, Jeremiah of Vanishing New York looks back on the history of efforts to revamp?and preserve?Astor Place, dating back to Cooper Union's attempted makeover in 2001. And he's not exactly a fan of the latest plans: "The redesign of Astor Place is part of the Bloomberg program to remake the East Village into a haven for the upper classes and safety-seeking suburbanites?.It's as if the sight of lush greenery has wiped out our ability to think critically about this. As in the architect's renderings, we will be nothing but ghosts, haunting the granite slabs of Cooper Union's suburban-style office park." [VNY; previously]