If you're a skinflint developer, you can express your cheapness in many ways.
Here are three brick buildings on Hicks Street near Kane. The two on either side are plain old tenements that have stood there for 100-years plus. The one in the middle has been brushed up and converted into condos. Notice the new windows and repointed bricks and the absence of an unsightly metal fire-escape. Also notice the absolutely substandard, stubby, cheap-ass cornice.
I guess I should be grateful the developer put on a new cornice at all. But I'm not. It's just so lousy. It's looks like a large Lego piece that was snapped into place. I'm guessing it's one of those inexpensive fiberglass jobbies they've got these days. Look at the shadows it casts on the building! It doesn't even sit flush with the brickface. And it's smaller than the cornices on either side because, God forbid you spend more money than you have to on the amount of fiberglass used. I wouldn't put it on a doghouse.
Oh, and the lintels and windows suck, too. There, I'm done.