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IBM Atrium Gains an Obkia, Loses a Murakami

In all the media frenzy that's been surrounding the arrival of New York's first mozzarella bar Obika, some readers may wonder why the Italian chain chose a Midtown atrium for its stateside debut. We have to admit it's a little strange. But if it's any consolation, the IBM Building atrium is one of the nicer ones in Midtown, and even, until yesterday, had a notable sculpture by contemporary artist Murakami. See it being dismantled above as Obika becomes the real star of the show.
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