For a long time there, 143 Spring Street, a wooden Federal-era building in SoHo, was looking pretty forlorn, which nobody taking care of the beauty. Then, recently, the Crocs corporation, which has leased it, announced an ambitious plan to spruce it up and bring it back to form.
I checked it out this week. It certainly is seeming better. But it's looking a bit antiseptic, a tad too scrubbed clean. Is it me, or does that brick wall look like it could be on the side of a brand new condo in Queens? Maybe that's the original brickface, after all the coats of paint were stripped from the facade. I don't know. But it doesn't look two centuries old, that's for sure.
And then there's the Crocs sign. Nothing to be done about that.