In the News: 71 Laight

••• “Taconic Investment Partners reached an agreement to pay $65 million for a development site on 71 Laight St. in Tribeca, sources familiar with the deal said. The transaction is expected to close in May or June. Taconic plans a residential building with roughly 30 to 40 units on the site that’s also known as 401 Washington St. and now houses a warehouse and parking garage. Any plan must be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission because the site is in the Tribeca West Historic District.” Here’s the post about the previous owner’s plans; the rendering is what had been in the works. P.S. Where will northwest Tribeca park?Crain’s

••• “Buyer’s remorse? The plan all along? However it happened, a penthouse at the Tribeca blockbuster 101 Warren Street has returned to market just three weeks after selling in late December for around $7.65M. The new price, $8.6M, seems like a shameless cash grab, but this particular penthouse, which sat on the market for more than a year before selling, is an unlikely candidate for a quick flip. Still, the unit is pretty unique, with a double-height loggia that encloses a wrap-around 1,076-square-foot terrace, floor to ceiling glass in every room, broad views of lower Manhattan, and three bedrooms.” “Wrap-around terrace” is up there with “hotel-style sheets” in my list of real-estate turn-ons. —Curbed

••• Bubby’s is selling Fuckin Fresh T-shirts for $25. To order one, email

••• “Developer Larry Silverstein is planning to halt construction by the end of the year on the second of the two towers he is currently building at the World Trade Center site if he can’t find a major office tenant, sources close to the company said. Minor modifications have already been made to the ongoing construction of the tower that will allow it to be capped at the seventh floor—73 short of its planned height. Retail tenants would be sought for the seven-story podium.” —Crain’s

••• Actor Paul Bettany’s favorite restaurant is Stuzzicheria: “He knows the owner and is clearly at home – so much so that he jumps up and disappears into the kitchen for a few seconds to order.” (But the interview starts with my pet peeve: No one cares if the interviewee was late.) —The Guardian

••• A big Target ad has gone up in Tribeca. —Fashionista



  1. Is Bubby’s also selling “Fuckin’ Filthy” t-shirts. On 1/12/12, the DOH gave Bubby’s 62 violation points. Hurry up, stand in line and eat up.

  2. How does Bubby’s stay open with that amount of violations (62)? What is the threshold for a public health hazard?