New York - "Destruction of Kevin Roche's twin fountains for some tacky, dribbling pools of shallow waters? Hmmm, sounds like the culmination of a 40 year architects' feud," is how one reclusive Fifth Avenue big oil couple put it to reporters today.
The comments come amid a mounting furor over secret deals to gag criticism - and any potential lawsuits - for a whole year in the David Koch-funded $60 million rehab of the Metropolitan Museum of Art piazza.
Neighboring residents at nine plush Fifth Avenue apartment blocks are accused of back door chicanery to exchange consent for a scaled-down scheme for legal undertakings not to rubbish the new design touting revamped outdoor eating facilities, landscaping and stuff.
But not everyone is taking it lying down as QM-NewsCorpse reporters found out today during an interview with the Carnegie Hill recluses.
The couple is incandescent at the sheer dumbing down of the iconic 1968 design to make room for more al fresco refreshment facilities.
"Maybe they're planning on replacing the Roche icons with a Princess Diana Mammorial Fountain-style water feature - notorious for spreading stomach bugs in London's Hype Park, eh?"
"Well that sure as hell won't wash around here, New York's already filled its 2012-2015 E.coli quotas, never mind any new pandemic threats."
Revised plans see the number of outdoor tables reduced from 100 to 30 complemented by 120 chairs 'and not 400' as in the original proposal.
But objectors claim the new scheme sill looks darned tacky if you factor in the new food kiosk that's being proposed - probably run by KFC or McDonalds if museum curators don't raise a stink.
Expect a punch-up at this week's Met Museum public meeting when those immaculate white gloves come off big oil hands.
Mayor Bloomberg is 69.