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$30M Makeover at UN Plaza Hotel; A Lounge for Public Theater

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NOHOThe Public Theater announced that its revitalized home on Lafayette Street will include a new 2,000 square foot lounge designed by the Rockwell Group. Named "The Library" to pay homage to the building's original use as NYC's first public library, the lounge will serve food and drinks on the theater's mezzanine level. The design will incorporate vintage elements including "distressed leather chairs and industrial steel-frame bookcases." [Curbedwire Inbox; Full press release]

MIDTOWN EAST—The Millenium UN Plaza Hotel is getting a comprehensive makeover by French interior designer Didier Gomez. The first $30 million phase is already underway on the West Tower, which will reopen in September 2012 with a new Skyline Club on the 30th Floor and a refurbished lobby with a new coffee bar. [Curbedwire Inbox; previously]

TIMES SQUARE—Famed artist Kiki Smith is taking over the lot at 46th Street and 8th Avenue with an installation of colorful stained glass stars, ranging from 18 inches to six feet in height. The free standing sculptures are "a kaleidoscope of hand-blown, translucent, iridized, modeled, and cathedral glass" meant to "evoke the glamorous heyday of Broadway and the Theater District." The installation is put on by the Art Production Fund and the Times Square Alliance. [Curbedwire Inbox; Official]