A new set of renderings appeared yesterday for 51 Astor Place, developer Edward Minskoff's new Starbucks-crushing office building. The black glass and granite structure with silver fins, designed by architect Fumihiko Maki, has its fans. But yesterday it was mostly the detractors who made their feelings known. So, detractors and people who look for catharsis via Photoshop, here's your chance to come up with a new look for 51 Astor Place. Send your best redesigns for the building to email@example.com by end of day Monday. (For inspiration, here are some photos of the empty lot as it looked earlier this week.) We'll choose the best redesign?be it Photoshopped rendering or sketch on a napkin?and the winner will receive a $100 gift card to the St. Mark's Bookshop. And, of course, the eternal glory of having their winning entry posted on Curbed.
One more rendering, in case anyone needs to work up some inspiration:
· 51 Astor Place coverage [Curbed]