Seen & Heard: Huge New Development on Hudson

••• Pretty sure you’ll have heard this here first: I learned from a reliable source that 275 Hudson—the long, squat, brick building below Spring, where Ace Gallery and Skylight Studio were, is coming down. The new building will be a joint venture between Related and Ponte Equities, which are also teaming up on the behemoth at 460 Washington. There’s nothing (that I could find) on the Department of Buildings website yet, and I didn’t try calling either Ponte or Related, because neither is known for talking.

Sterling Mason••• The half-new, half-old—with a half-aluminum façade—building at 71 Laight and 401 Washington (where a parking garage was)—will be called the Sterling Mason. Isn’t that the ad agency on “Mad Men”? Anyway, click the link to visit the project’s website, which has a big rendering of what to expect from the 33-unit building.

••• I’m working on a new Progress Report round-up of what’s coming and when, and I got the following updates: Michael White’s Butterfly bar and restaurant is shooting for a May 7 opening, while Marc Forgione’s southeast Asian restaurant, Kio, should open by early July—and in the meantime, you can get a sneak peek taste at Taste of Tribeca on May 18, where Kio will have a booth.

••• The new womenswear boutique Gloria Jewel could open as soon as a week from tomorrow (“and definitely in April”).

••• Work is starting in earnest at 11 N. Moore.

••• Press release: “Hal Bromm Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of paintings, collages and mixed media work by New York based artists: Tamara Gonzales, Art Guerra, Jen Schwarting, Ross Tibbles, Jeffrey Tranchell, Linnea Vedder-Shults, Aaron Williams, as well as the NYC debut of San Francisco based artist Daniel Tierney, as the first of a two-part exhibition titled ‘Lost & Found.’ Gallery hours during the exhibition from 23 April through 26 May: Mon-Wed 1-5 p.m., Thurs. 1-7 p.m.”

••• Looks like the Hudson Square folks are making progress on their plan to parkify areas around the Holland Tunnel entrance above Canal. I was tempted to9 make the below photo huge so you could see the look on that pedestrian’s face—he’s wondering what on earth I’m doing standing atop a fire hydrant.

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