The Day | A Funky Hotel Design

Alphabet City, New York City 601Vivienne Gucwa

Good morning, East Village.

There’s an online outcry over the design of the proposed Bowery Hotel, which was unveiled by Curbed. One commentator said the project “looks like the winner of a contest where crazed architects are asked to design their weirdest fantasy buildings.” Brokerage Eastern Consolidated announced that Paris-based Louzon Group will build the 72-room boutique hotel and restaurant at the old Salvation Army building, bought by the group for $7.6 million, at 347-349 Bowery.

Meanwhile, in his 10th State of the City address this afternoon, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will reiterate his agenda amid criticisms of “a battle over his new schools chancellor, an $80 million fraud scheme involving the city’s payroll system and a botched effort to deal with a crippling snowstorm last month,” reports The Times. He’s expected to propose a plan to make it legal to hail livery cabs and announce plans for changes to the pension system.

For those of us who take the M15 bus, your ride is up to 16 minutes faster with the new system, according to The Daily News.

And if you’re concerned about the amount of pollution in the air while you’re out and about, check out these new high-tech sweatshirts, designed by two NYU graduate students, emblazoned with lungs and hearts that turn blue when you’re exposed to dirty air.