The New York Times finally catches up to Lockhart Steele's Surface Hotel obsession, with a piece about the new development, playing it up as an incongruous but perhaps inevitable addition to the Lower East Side. Paul Stallings, the developer of the project, says, "We celebrate the tenement context; we want to look out on fire escapes." Yes, celebrating the tenement context in the $2,500 duplex penthouse. In Gothamist's book, that's called slumming.