Justin Davidson reviews the redesign of Astor Place by Fellow Claire Weisz as a “distinguished” and “self-effacing” design providing a profusion of possibilities for pedestrians.

“The triangle no longer has that souk­like vibe, and no amount of street design can bring it back, but, with a combination of modesty and flair, WXY has literally paved the way for the next iteration. The architects have sprinkled the plaza with an assortment of seating options: stone steps, a few handsome granite blocks, and several of the firm’s signature ‘zipper benches,’ which look like solidified sound waves that have alighted on the asphalt.” – Justin Davidson

Read more: Behold the Next New Astor Place, New York Magazine