In the News: 56 Leonard

••• In an important New York Times article about where the superrich should buy apartments, Kelly Mack, the president of the Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group says that 56 Leonard—a.k.a. Herzog & de Meuron’s Jenga building—will likely start selling later this year. I love that building.

••• The Broadsheet profiles Merchants Hospitality, which “currently has six establishments Downtown […] and should expand to eleven by 2013.” SouthWest NY will reopen in August in the space that was the Gatehouse, with an adjacent bar called the Black Hound. On the East River, meanwhile: “Opening first will be Watermark, on the east end of newly renovated Pier 15. A bar and cafe whose menu will feature craft beers and artisanal cocktails, as well as burgers from Pat LaFrieda and all beef hot dogs, it has outdoor seating for 40 with open views of the East River. The expected opening is around Labor Day. The west side of the structure will house Cones, their ice cream store café. Second is the first expansion of Merchants River House, this time on the East River Esplanade.” Quick, name a restaurant inside a park that you’d go to even if it weren’t in a park? (Shake Shack in Madison Square Park? What are you, a masochist?) Sorry to disrespect Merchants, but its restaurants aren’t exactly destination dining. And you could argue that the Pier 15 concessions don’t need to be—that lovely Pier 15 is the destination—except no one ever seems to be on it. With Pier 17 and the rest of the South Street Seaport right next door, aren’t there enough places to get a burger and a beer in that area? As much as the Howard Hughes Corporation says its revamped Pier 17 will be upscale, I’d bet money there will always be somewhere to get a burger and beer there. (I’m really just upset because I’d like No. 7 Sub to open somewhere in Lower Manhattan, and Pier 15 would’ve been awesome. Or Mile End. Or Taïm. Or Egg. Or Bklyn Larder. The list goes on….)

••• “At a recent meeting, education officials got an earful from [P.S./I.S. 276] Principal Terri Ruyter, who blasted the city’s handling of the classroom crunch at her two-year-old Battery Park City school. ” —Tribeca Trib

••• DNAinfo checks out Peter Stanick’s exhibit at One Art Space.

••• Trinity Church and Occupy Wall Street have a strained relationship. —New York Times


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