In the News: Matsugen

••• Village Voice has a list of places to go for a meal after getting married at City Hall. If my beloved were to suggest Carl’s Steaks, I’m calling the whole thing off. No offense, of course. (Reader Bruce points out that unless they’re friends of Mayor Bloomberg, people will actually be getting married at the city clerk’s office. Good friends of Mayor Bloomberg, of course, should hold out for his new $20 million Hamptons estate.)

••• (No offense to Jean-Georges Vongerichten, either—that photo amuses me and it’s the first Matsugen one I could find on this site.) The old Matsugen space is on the market: “The unit, which is being sold as a retail condominium, consists of an 8,000-square-foot ground floor restaurant at 66 Leonard St. and two roughly equal-sized floors beneath it. The asking price for the 23,800-square-foot space is $9 million. The space is leased to celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten until 2019 and is currently empty. It previously housed Japanese restaurant Matsugen. Mr. Vongerichten is currently evaluating a new restaurant concept for the location […].” Third time’s a charm? “The space can be delivered vacant or with the option of maintaining Mr. Vongerichten as a tenant.” (Crain’s)

••• “Justin Timberlake has closed on the sale of his Tribeca condominium for $4.7 million. [He] sold the three-bedroom, fifth-floor condo [at 414 Washington] for slightly below what he paid for it in late 2008.” (Wall Street Journal)

••• “A new $5 million grant program will help give businesses in lower Manhattan a boost, the city announced Wednesday.The Lower Manhattan Business Expansion Competition will dole out grants of up to $650,000 each for existing companies and $200,000 for new companies south of Chambers Street and east of Broadway.” Just as long as they don’t fund an Edible Arrangements. Those places distress me. (DNAinfo)

••• “Baby boomers are reaching retirement age, and for the Jews among them, the search is on for active and meaningful pursuits beyond the stereotypical retreat to South Florida for three decades of porch-side sunning. This, at least, is the viewpoint held by [Tribecan] Stuart Himmelfarb and David Elcott, the brains behind B3 the Jewish Boomer Platform, a new organization that aims to work with Jewish institutions to help them engage boomers—individuals born between 1946 and 1964—at the critical pivot between career and retirement.” (Jewish Daily Forward)


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