New York Times uproots its culture staff

Here's a cryptic dispatch from the Times' ArtsBeat blog:

As dedicated readers of The New York Times already know, the newspaper and its Culture report are traditionally produced each day from a 52-story building between 40th and 41st Streets in Manhattan, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. On Wednesday, the Culture department is trying something slightly different: We’re working from an office in New Hyde Park on Long Island, designed by the architect I.M. Functional, and located just next door to the ambulatory surgery ward of a major North Shore hospital.

Why we are doing this, we cannot entirely say. It may be for emergency preparedness purposes. It may be someone’s idea of a field trip. It may be to entertain the unseen viewers of a hidden-camera reality show that we don’t realize we’re a part of.

The post goes on to say that the dislocation is temporary. Let's hope no arts staffers (like classical music editor James Oestreich, pictured) get lost in the shuffle.

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