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08.11.14 Sophie Weiner

The new documentary It Took 50 Years: Francis Goldin And The Struggle For Cooper Square tells a story that New Yorkers today need to hear. Francis Goldin, the now 90-year-old literary agent, led the fight against an urban renewal plan posed by the city in 1959 which would have entirely destroyed a neighborhood in lower […]

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12.02.13 Andy Cush

Visitors to Cooper Square will be turned away at the door through the early parts of this month, as the city has temporarily shut down the tiny East Village green space in hopes of dealing with its massive rat problem. The park is set to be renovated in early December, according to the city’s Department […]

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11.18.09 Will Sherman

Last night, the Cooper Square Hotel celebrated, not only the completion of its 5th street façade, but also it’s acceptance into the East Village. Thanks to the unifying powers of public art, the noisy hotel’s neighbors will no longer use dirty underwear and douche bags to signal their displeasure because they simply have none anymore. […]

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11.09.09 Will Sherman

The artists hired to help the Cooper Square Hotel blend in, have been busy making it stand out. Joining VIZIE’s tribute to Dash Snow, Shinique Smith has covered the side of the building with her abstract calligraphy, Nick 1 is in the midst of a 4 train piece and Joyce Pensato is blowing-up her drippy […]

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11.02.09 Will Sherman

The Cooper Square Hotel is getting painted with graffiti in an attempt “to fit in with the edgy local art scene.” Four artists, Joyce Pensato, Nick 1, Vizie and Shinique, have been paid to paint the 5th street facade of the 21-story boutique hotel in various shades of grey. “All the work is going to […]

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