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The indoor sidewalk café of the new Whitney Museum of American Art
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THE JOY OF WEINBERG
by Charlie Finch



One would have to have a cold, cold heart indeed not to feel for Whitney czar Adam Weinberg as he cried tears of joy at the Whitney’s downtown groundbreaking ceremony for its new Renzo Piano building, which I watched in its self-congratulatory entirety on New York City’s self-promoting cable channel. A lisping Mayor Bloomberg acted as master of ceremonies, comparing the Whitney move to "building schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn," ignoring the fact that his own administration forgot to add schools in its ULURP plans for downtown post 9/11, leading to kindergarten overcrowding and angry parents in a part of town which has been dubbed "the new Park Slope" for its toddler explosion.

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