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7) The drawings themselves. Any chance you want to take a harder look at your plans? When unveiling the latest, you explained the appearance of the spearhead tower, which you’ve named “Miss Brooklyn” (spurring the inevitable quip, We’ll miss it, all right). You explained: “When we were studying Brooklyn, we happened upon a wedding, a real Brooklyn wedding. And we decided that ‘Miss Brooklyn’ was a bride. She’s a bride with her flowing bridal veil—I really overdid it. If you had seen the bride, you would—I fell in love with her.” Pardon me, but bleeechh. I don’t know whether many great buildings have been founded on notions at once so metaphorically impoverished and so slickly patronizing. But somehow I doubt that any have.

Bleeechh indeed. Every time I’ve seen Gehry open his mouth about Brooklyn, this sort of shit comes out. Tony and Tina. Moonstruck. Cheezecake. Fuhgeddaboudit. What is it about Bklyn that makes him so soft in the head?

Unfortunately, I’m not sure I can even categorize this one as “multinational capitalist chic.”

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June 21, 2006 at 9:23 am

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