By Terry Trucco
Seems it wasn’t that long ago – 2005, to be precise – that The Plaza closed for major refurbishments inside and out. The spruced up property reopened with a flourish in 2008 housing hotel rooms, condominiums and a high-end shopping mall that has since morphed into the wildly – and deservedly – popular Plaza Food Hall and Todd English Food.
So why is this 1907 landmark swaddled in a pale white scrim, the kind that signals heavy-duty construction work instead of an artwork by Christo?
“Apparently the exterior work was not good enough,” a desk attendant told me when I stopped by to see the wrappings.
It seems a slab of concrete – a big one – fell from the façade recently. Fortunately, no one was killed. But to prevent a repeat performance, the exterior is being restored once again, a process expected to last at least a year. (more…)