On the Bowery: One Goes Up, the Other Comes Down

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Walls are crumbling just below Houston Street, where workers are busy busting bricks to make way for Foster & Partners' new see-through gallery, going up for art dealers Sperone Westwater at 257 Bowery. The new building permit for the site, which now shows an 8-story structure, was disapproved at the beginning of April. And while Norman Foster's name hasn't shown up on any of the DOB paperwork to date (Toronto-based AAI appears instead), we're ever optimistic that the glassy gallery will make an appearance in the coming months.

Meanwhile a few doors up the block at 263 Bowery, the site of a famous photo by Weegee and where something mysterious from less-heralded architect Karl Fischer is planned, things are growing by the day after the previous building's removal. With all the new construction noise in the neighborhood, it looks like Shalom Harlow got out just in time.

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