In the News: Cracks on Leonard Street

courtesy Refinery29••• Refinery29 promises a “Peek Inside This PR Mogul’s Amazing Tribeca Loft” but it’s mostly soft-focus shots of Alana Varel (“co-founder of fashion mega PR and casting agency Starworks Group”) and her kids.

••• Rapper Lupe Fiasco […] loves going to art museums. But there are things he hates about them, too. Like those “No Photography” signs in photography shows. Or the ones that warn you to stay more than 18 inches away from the art. One thing Lupe likes to do in museums, along with looking at the art, is photographing his hand touching the ‘do not touch’ signs.” Now he has a show of the photos at Anonymous Gallery “through December 22 in an inconspicuous space tucked behind a jewelry store [at 60] Reade Street.” —ArtNews

••• DNAinfo profiles Bavaria Bierhaus, opening Monday on Stone Street.

••• “The annual Holiday Train Garden has opened on board the upper deck of the Honorable William Wall docked at North Cove.” —Broadsheet

••• “Widening cracks in the walls of a 157-year-old, three-story building at 17 Leonard St. sparked fears of a collapse earlier this month, causing the Department of Buildings to slap a vacate order on the structure and the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission as well as the DOB to open an investigation. The building’s perilous conditions also exposed an ongoing dispute between its owner, Christopher Rolf, and Steven Schnall, the developer of a seven-story, plus two-story penthouse, condominium building (17 Leonard] under construction next door.” —Tribeca Trib

••• Remembering Liz Berger of the Downtown Alliance: “On Dec. 16, her friends, associates and family gathered in lower Manhattan to rename the plaza at Edgar Street and Trinity Place near the southern end of Greenwich Street in Berger’s memory. Manhattan Borough Commissioner for the Department of Parks, William Castro, announced at the ceremony that Parks would allocate $2 million to redesign the plaza. He said that it would tentatively be finished in 2015.” —Downtown Post NYC (the new email started by former Downtown Express reporter Terese Loeb Kreuzer; I don’t see a way to link to it but you can contact her at for subscription info. Update: Here you go:

••• “Walmart has a gift idea for 99 percent of the people on your Christmas list: posters of Occupy Wall Street.” —DNAinfo

••• “North End Grill chef and partner Floyd Cardoz has sold a cookbook to Artisan called The Time to Cook, which, like its title suggests, will “teach the home cook to plan meals based on the time and situation.” —Grub Street

••• The New York Times reviews Gelsey Kirkland Ballet’s “Nutcracker.”

••• “You can’t say that the recent owners of the ‘2,010 sq ft’ Manhattan loft #2B at 363 Greenwich Street doubled their money when they just sold at $2.995mm after having bought way back in April 2004 for $1.5mm. After all, that’s $5,000 less than twice their purchase price. But you also can’t say that they doubled their money because they put a nice renovation onto what had been a 1-bedroom loft with 2 bathrooms, a dark room, and a sauna between 2004 and 2013. You could say that they likely much more than doubled their money, once you take into account their original down payment (unknown) plus their renovation budget (ditto), which figure to be in the half million dollar range, compared to nearly three million bucks, but then you’d have to factor in the mortgage balance (unknown) and mortgage payments and … it gets complicated.” —Manhattan Loft Guy

••• “Watch Installation Of Fulton Transit Center’s Sky Reflector Net!” —Gothamist

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