Thank you so much for the articles in your paper about the structure at the corner of Greenwich Avenue and 7th Avenue. You wonder how a designer can sit down with a blank sheet of paper (computer screen?), and this is the best they could come up with.
One solution that comes to mind is the Kudzu vine which I remember seeing it in South Carolina where it completely covered abandoned farm buildings. Have a look at the following link. It may be a bit extreme, but still… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kudzu_in_the_United_States
Earlier today, I walked past the row houses on the corner of Greenwich Street and 11th Street which are covered in some kind of beautiful vine. That might be a solution for the ventilation tower.
Another alternative could be the following link: http://greenscreen.com/
Again, my thanks for your terrific neighborhood newspaper and this particular coverage. Keep at it.
—Vance Stevens, 63 Perry Street