I don’t want to carry on this discussion too long. But crawdad–I think you are incorrect on at least two scores. First, the Zabars store is really weird for NYC and for most other places. The architecture is simply not generic. It may not be a great piece of art, but it is unusual. And, second, not all opposition to construction in the UWS or other areas of New York is knee jerk. Some is thoughtful and even well taken. Height, density, and bigness is only a part of what makes for a thriving city. You need character, humane environments, and active street life twenty four hours a day. If you haven’t read Jane Jacob’s classic land use planning book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, a tome now read by everyone studying land use planning, you should. Sure she was opposed to redeveloping Greenwich Village, but many of her observations about how cities retain vitality are right on the money. It’s simply a must read. Thanks.