In the News: Verdict on 11-15 Leonard

••• The building proposed for 11-15 Leonard was debated at the Landmarks Preservation Commission: “In the end, the yeas and nays among the commissioners cancelled each other out. That means it’s back to the drawing board for the 15 Leonard team, with changes to be worked out with the LPC staff before another presentation at some time in the future, possibly far, far away.” —Curbed (which has photos of the floor plans)

••• “Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday he believes the 9/11 sphere should remain in Battery Park.” —DNAinfo

••• “Still no news on where the Port Authority plans to move the WTC Sphere but according to the Staten Island Advance, Staten Island Borough President James. P. Molinaro is lobbying for WTC Sphere to be moved to Staten Island Sept. 11 Memorial.” —Tribeca Trib

••• “After months of delays and millions of dollars in cost overruns, workers are making progress on repairing the landmarked 126-year-old [Pier A] at Lower Manhattan’s tip and will finish by the end of the year, Gayle Horwitz, president of the Battery Park City Authority, said Monday. The authority will then turn the pier over to a team of developers, including the Poulakakos family, to open an $18 million oyster bar and catering hall there. The new three-story bar and restaurant, along with a tourist information center and a new public plaza, is scheduled to open in the summer or early fall of 2013.” —DNAinfo

••• VE Equities will break ground soon on 11 N. Moore (at Varick), first written about here. “The company has once again tapped Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Eklund Gomes team, headed by Fredrik Eklund and John Gomes.” —The Real Deal

••• “The high-spending husband of beautiful socialite Annie Churchill was hauled off to jail this morning for stealing $590,000 from three of her rich investor pals via his bogus ‘virtual reality shopping mall’ Web site. Andrew Albert, 50, conned his wife’s pals for cash back in 2008, then spent the next two years blowing the money on fancy meals, clothes and renovations for the couple’s new Tribeca loft.” —New York Post

••• “Operation Sail is coming back to New York City this morning to commemorate the oft-forgotten War of 1812, which Henry Adams considered America’s second revolution. The bicentennial of the war will be marked by free boat tours and two parades: The Parade of Sail features an international array of 17 tall ships, and the Military Parade of Sail includes ten warships, plus military aircraft.” —Broadsheet

••• “Facing orders from the Department of Education, [P.S. 276] Principal Terri Ruyter will open a fifth kindergarten class that all but eliminates the kindergarten waitlist but creates future crowding concerns. ” —Tribeca Trib

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