Seen & Heard: Leonard Street Demolition

449 washington courtesy curbed••• Thanks to D. for pointing out that 449 Washington has a placeholder site up. The last we heard about it was in January of 2012, from Curbed: “A Goldman Sachs wheeler dealer has nabbed a 5-story production studio at 449 Washington Street and plans to turn it totally residential and build an expansive triplex on top. The buyer is financier Gizman Abbas [….] The price at 449 Washington was $6.9 million for the 25-foot wide 2,014 square foot lot facing onto the wide expanse of Truffles Tribeca, with a little hint of the Hudson River beyond. If Mr. Abbas gets his way the entire building will be completely transformed. Plans on file at the Department of Buildings show that Abbas wants to take the existing 8,390 square feet and build it to 11,770 square feet across seven floors.” (Photo courtesy Curbed.) The placeholder site has a field to enter your email, but it’s unclear whether it works.

••• A reader sent along sad news: Mike Hickey, manager of Reade Street Pub & Kitchen for more then thirty years, passed away.

••• Demo is well underway at 11-15 Leonard.

••• Blaue Gans’s appearance on “Chef Wanted” is Thursday, April 11, at 10 p.m. A pity Anne Burrell didn’t swing by Lance Lappin’s salon afterward.

••• A penthouse at 62 Beach was listed for $14 million. It’d do. (Also, note the cool staircase.)

••• Wouldn’t it be nice if OpenTable had an alert system so you could learn when a new restaurant was starting to take reservations? I’ll be wanting to try Andrew Carmellini’s new French place in the old Chinatown Brasserie space, Auberge Vert Lafayette, but I have a feeling that it’ll become impossible very quickly.

••• Thanks to Andrea for making cajoling inviting me to go see the NASA-satellite–inspired art at Apexart. I think what I liked best was the reflection.



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