Edward Minskoff, the developer of 51 Astor Place (the former home of Cooper Union’s Engineering Building ) recently revealed renderings of the future site—a 12 story tower and public plaza, designed by Fumihiko Maki. CURBED, launched its own design contest for alternative ideas for this space and the winning entries were posted here.
I was recently in the Cooper Union archives looking at photos from the late 1950s just before the college’s centennial. Then, 51 Astor Place looked surprisingly similar to what it does now– empty. In 1956, The Cooper Union Alumni Association took advantage of this this vacant lot to host an Alumni Day Luncheon. A circus tent was pitched on site, and “800 hungry alumni” were fed.