A women ready to assist residents in a newly opened lobby of 2 Cooper Square on the east 4th Street side2 Cooper Square, one of Bowery's most watched residential development, has been the topic du jour for bloggers in the East Village and environs for years, with Lockart Steele's Curbed.com excitedly covering it's development and construction. Everyone seemed to be waiting for the first tenants imminent arrival. So imagine my surprise when the woman at the front desk of Cooper's finished lobby confirmed some apartments are already occupied, as of "a couple of months ago."
The newly finished lobby was adorned with fresh flowers and furniture arranged about, as the women at the desk worked the phone. Very confused, I asked her: "Why are you sitting at the desk? Do people live here?" Yes, she smiled, slightly amused with my questions. "But just here in the south section. The front side isn't finished yet." People moved in a couple of months ago, she explained.
Very surprised and confused, I thanked her, and walked out. NYC The Blog emailed 2 Cooper Square and the Atlantic Group (who constructed the building) last night looking for confirmation and will update with any response. We do know, according the The Real Deal, that after more than two months on the market, "...one-third of the 134 apartments were pre-leased for between $75 and $100 per square foot."
UPDATE: Confirmed: People Live Inside 2 Cooper Square: Park Allegedly Coming Soon To Empty Lot Next Door
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