The first tenant of the newly constructed 51 Astor Place has now moved in to its new home in the building's lobby. Balloon Rabbit (Red), by Jeff Koons, is a 14 feet tall, 6,600 pound mirror-polished stainless steel sculpture. There are four (Magenta, Blue, Yellow, Violet) others in the world if you're interested in getting one of your own but be warned that Koons set a Christie's auction record for a work by a living artist last November when Balloon Dog (Orange) sold for $58.4 million.
Here's a look at the other new tenants moving into the neighborhood.
IBM Watson won Jeopardy in 2011 and now the Watson team is moving their operations to Greenwich Village to continue working to deploy this technology across industries such as healthcare, finance and customer service. Think of Watson as a system that can retain an unlimited amount of data and make sense of it. Have 4 minutes and 37 seconds to look into the future?
1stdibs is an online marketplace that brings together more than 1,500 of the most prestigious international dealers of antiques, vintage furniture and design, fine art, estate jewelry, vintage couture and fine homes, granting customers instant access to luxury goods of the highest quality.
St. John's University was founded in 1870, and has three residential New York City campuses—in Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan—in addition to a campus in Rome, Italy, an academic center in Oakdale, NY; and study abroad locations in Paris, France, and Seville, Spain. Their new home in Greenwich Village will replace the school's Manhattan campus at 101 Murray Street in Tribeca, and will house the School of Risk Management and Davis Library.