In the News: Unleashed By Petco

••• “The 5,100-square-foot retail portion [right] of the 18-story residential condo tower at 157 Chambers St., between Greenwich and Hudson streets, is on the market. Tribeca Associates, the developer of Artisan Lofts, which has 38 residential units, is looking for a price near $7 million for the ground-floor space. About 90% of it, or 4,600 square feet, is already leased to Petco in a 10-year deal. The San Diego-based pet supply store is in the process of moving in and plans to use the space for its new Unleashed boutique, which focuses on organic and higher-end products. Petco has tested the Unleashed concept in other areas around the country, and is bringing it for the first time to New York City with the Chambers Street location, as well as an outpost on Columbus Avenue that opens next month. […] The remaining 500 square feet of retail space in the building are out for lease with a small local business that will not carry food.” (Crain’s)

••• “Community Board 1 may withdraw its support of a mosque and community center near Ground Zero. After an emotional four-hour meeting that drew hundreds of people last month, the community board passed a carefully worded resolution that praised the 13-story, $100 million project but took no formal position on the religious aspects. However, at least a few board members see the religious and secular pieces of the center as inextricable, and they believe the board should not have taken any position at all.” (DNAinfo)

••• “The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Tuesday approved an agreement under which the city will reimburse the authority up to $44 million for building underground foundations and infrastructure for a performing arts center at ground zero. The vote does not guarantee that an arts center will be built on the World Trade Center site, as called for by the master plan. Though the authority, which owns the site, and the city support that plan, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which controls $50 million in federal funds earmarked for the project, has explored a different location nearby.” (New York Times)

••• Tribeca Yummy Mummy Cate Bruce-Low is quoted in a New York Times article about “cooking coops,” in which people swap food they’ve made.

••• The Wall Street Journal‘s Ralph Gardner meets with a the Hudson Square BID president to discuss whether Hudson Square is a neighborhood or just Trinity Real Estate’s marketing concept.

••• 1 White Street, a.k.a. John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Nutopian Embassy (and the building that Columbine is in), sold for $3.25 million. (Curbed)

••• The Wall Street Journal, in its quest to write about every restaurant in Tribeca, drops by Plein Sud.

••• David Gordon, wine director of Tribeca Grill, participated in a New York Times tasting of Gerwürztraminers.


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