In the News: New Building at 15 Leonard Approved

••• The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a new design for 15 Leonard. “One of the specific complaints from the commissioners and neighbors last time around was the height of the penthouse, planned to encompass about a third of the entire structure. Developer Steven Schnall […] addressed that concern by scaling down the penthouse. Schnall didn’t do anything about what one commissioner called the ‘tiresome’ fenestration, but the brick has been changed from gray to red.” Pictured: The old design, but the new one (on Curbed) isn’t so different. Adding the red brick seems like a mistake—it doesn’t help the building blend in with the neighborhood; it just makes it stand out as a pastiche. —Curbed

••• “Tom Cruise spent his first quality time with daughter Suri in nearly a month yesterday. The Mission: Impossible star cradled the 6-year-old outside Robert De Niro’s Greenwich Hotel after a day of hanging out in the tony digs and hitting a gym class at Chelsea Piers.” —New York Post

••• The New York Times has an article about how wonderful life will be when Greenwich Street once again runs through the World Trade Center. It doesn’t mention, however, the NYPD’s current plan to restrict traffic on the street, which challenges the entire idea…? Also: 75 Park Place is in the process of being renamed 255 Greenwich—and the plans go beyond that. “Jack Resnick & Sons is hoping the new address will help spur interest in a large block of retail real estate it has begun to market. The corner retail space could include as much as 17,000 square feet of frontage onto Greenwich and Murray Streets as well as an additional 50,000 square feet below grade. ‘It is a beautiful space with 20-foot ceilings and would be perfect for a big-box retailer,’ Mr. Brady said. The tenants that occupy the space include the communications company RR Donnelley, which once kept printing equipment in the basement.” Finally: Love this understatement of the year: “In recent years, addresses north of the trade center seemed to fare better than those to its south.”

••• Battery Park City resident Joseph Sguera makes films that are set in Lower Manhattan; his new short film, Aqua Blue, screens today at the Long Island International Film Expo. —Broadsheet

••• “[Sam] Nazarian has looked in Midtown and the Meatpacking District for potential locations of Katsuya and has scouted downtown neighborhoods including SoHo and Tribeca for hotel sites that could be branded SLS or Redbury. ‘There could be two or three SLSs in New York,’ Nazarian says.” (The first will be on Park Avenue South.) —New York Post

••• Where Landmarc’s Marc Murphy eats in Tribeca. It’s not the same-old places, which is nice. —Serious Eats


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