In the News: Yet Another Broadway Condo

101-leonard••• I should really do a map of all the hot Broadway conversion action, because the street is going residential below Canal in a serious way. Today’s news: a big conversion at 101 Leonard, at the northeast corner of Broadway. “Bizzi [& Partners] best known in NYC for the Setai at 400 Fifth Avenue, plans to create 66 condos in the building, which will be called The Leonard. According to a preview listing on Douglas Elliman’s website, there will be one-, two-, and three-bedroom lofts, plus penthouses, and ceiling heights will range from 10.5-feet to 18-feet high.” —Curbed

••• “SeaGlass, the aquatic-themed carousel that has been in the works in Battery Park for the past six years, has topped out and the final panel of its outer shell was unveiled at a ceremony, complete with politicians, champagne, and free tee-shirts.” That’s not the order I would’ve chosen. —Curbed

••• Eater got a comment from New Amsterdam Market’s Robert LaValva about the Brooklyn Flea coming to the Seaport: “‘While there’s nothing wrong with a food court,’ he says, ‘we hope that no one confuses this with our vision. This has nothing to do with what we’ve been doing to revive this historic district and create a public space.’ LaValva also expressed distaste for the addition of things like shipping containers to the neighborhood. ‘This is a historic space that Howard Hughes Corporation continues to abuse in the most objectionable ways,’ he says. ‘People ought to think of those buildings in the same way as Central Park. They are older than Central Park and they are also public.'”

••• Downtown Lunch likes the burgers and fries at Clarke’s Standard, but not the price.

••• “Hundreds of members of the Communication Workers of America attended Community Board 1’s full board meeting last month to enlist their support to return to work in Lower Manhattan after a decision by Verizon to relocate many of them to Brooklyn. The C.W.A. workers, who have been displaced from their building on 140 West St. since it was flooded by Hurricane Sandy, were notified in February by Verizon that 1,100 will not be returning to their offices.” —Downtown Express


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