Magazine April 8, 2019, Issue

The Vessel: New York’s Civic Sieve

“The Vessell,” March 15, 2019 (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)
A strange mega-sculpture is a perfect symbol of Gotham today

Should you find yourself driving on the West Side Highway in Manhattan, it is inadvisable to guide your vision away from the Mad Max reenactors around you for more than half a second, but those who dare cast their glance east around West 34th Street will be startled by the curious new object looming there. It looks like an unfortunate misshapen thing produced by your ten-year-old at summer camp, except it cost $200 million. If young Scooter or Daisy presented it to you, you’d smile effortfully, place it on your desk, and wonder how long would constitute a decent interval

This article appears as “New York’s Civic Sieve” in the April 8, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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