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Dec 4, 2023Liked by Anne Kadet

What a *crazy* idea to make a space deliberately welcoming to the people who need it the most…

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Dec 4, 2023Liked by Anne Kadet

Those AI breakfast sandwiches are hilarious yet creepy. I would definitely watch a bagel themed evil villain movie where their nemesis are the dastardly bagel-scoopers who live among us!

The only guys I know who can eat those gigantic behemoth sandwiches might be Shaggy and Scooby-Doo.

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Ya know how Emily Blunt stole the movie, The Devil Wears Prada? Bob takes the spotlight in this article. I want the heat turned back on at 60 Wall Street and I want the homeless welcomed there always. (What I really want is for those people to have a roof of their own but that’s another story.)

Your reporting always has a warmth because of your subjects you manage to interview. You took a building and humanized it, made it worthy of its 1980s design.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t written about this already I would love to know why the quiet restaurant with comfortable red booths and candlelight has been replaced with loud, cold, austerely designed food spaces with hard, wooden chairs.

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Weird, when it is by accident, is almost always a good thing. The picture of the waffle ceiling leaves me feeling relaxed, the open space is oddly inviting, and I could see how maybe Covid killed off some of the commerce inside. I think the idea of requiring planned open places or private open places is a good idea, especially mandating restrooms and such. Maybe San Francisco could take a hint...

I'm curious why the need to spend money on something that seems perfectly functional. I like Bob's question about the cost, and if there isn't something better to do with the money.

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Dec 4, 2023Liked by Anne Kadet

Ok, ok, I don't know how much more fantabulous your newsletters can get. Each week more and more fantabulous, just like the bagels. And yes, fantabulous is a real word, and used appropriately. Unlike, the word bardo which I feel may not be. But as almost everything, that is a matter of opinion - so no complaints. Thank you!

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Dec 4, 2023Liked by Anne Kadet

"I emailed Paramount Group to ask when the project would start, and whether the new space would welcome homeless persons, and if they might provide a TV, a stage and microwave oven. I have yet to hear back."

Gee, Anne, why didn't you ask them for a hot tub while you were at it?

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Delightful and interesting. Thanks for the survey of the public space. And the bagel images made me laugh out loud.

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I think the odds are good that nobody tasked with the new atrium design did what you did so well here and actually talked to the people who use the space the most. At least it seems popular?

I've photographed quite a few POPS for a show on zoning and briefly considered doing a project documenting all of them but quickly realized that would be a really boring project - and that's coming from someone who photographs dead ends and walls for fun. Your piece has convinced me that l have to make my way back to Wall St before the Mediterranean Waffle Maker is unplugged.

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So much kindness in the piece. I loved hearing from people whose voices are all too often left out.

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Those bagel pictures are hysterical!! 🤣🤣 (And then the bagel turns into a monster. 😳)

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60 Wall Street looks a bit like the interior of an OLD Las Vegas Casino. Needs more lighting and some video poker machines around the perimeter.

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I really hope all the people who currently enjoy 60 Wall St get to enjoy the remodeled space. Do we know if the other 600 POPS allow homeless people to hang out? Interestingly, the second bagel pic is the most disturbing! I guess the rest are so over the top they didn’t impact me like that second one!

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Another enlightening read! But my Colombian wife would never forgive me if I didn't point out that the correct spelling is Colombia not Columbia :)

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LOL at the bagels! I never knew about the atrium. What a neat idea! I enjoyed reading about Bob and the others.

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So sad… and the quirkiness creates something to really NOTICE. Why do something bland? Bland just stops people from looking properly and noticing. I'm sure Rob Walker would agree! By the way, I LOVED your piece when you asked Rob to set you a noticing challenge but I cant find it anymore.

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the only realistic lox (if thats what it is supposed to be because they more resemble fluted faded cold cuts) are the limp bits hangin off the bottom of the !00ft wall of bagel sandwee round which the excitable eye-poppin minis are gathered like they just caught glimpse of Taylor Swift stepping out of a bathtub

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