In the News: Crunch Fitness vs. Franklin Street Condo

140 franklin••• “Next week, the case against a real estate company in negotiations to bring a Crunch Gym to a Tribeca residential condominium heads to court, and the decision could make or break a gym lease at 140 Franklin Street.” —Commercial Observer

••• “More than three years after developer Sharif El-Gamal faced a firestorm over plans for an Islamic prayer and community center in lower Manhattan, the head of Soho Properties is searching for temporary space for Park51.” A spokesperson said: “We are looking for temporary space in case we have to relocate during some planned maintenance.” Hmm… Might the Park51 space on Park Place be the most logical option for JCP Downtown, which has said it’s looking for 35,000 square feet? Commercial Observer

••• The New York Times thinks the new Platform A at the World Trade Center PATH station looks “cheap.”

••• The delightful women behind Well + Good—its west Soho office is profiled here—get a long, loving profile in the New York Times. Favorite part: “A running joke around the office is that the best clickbait ever for their readers would be: ‘Seven surprising ways to make green juice with coconut oil that Gwyneth Paltrow and Tracy Anderson love while wearing Lululemon at SoulCycle.'” (Did I ever mention that Adam used to pronounce Lululemon as if it were French, and I waited a good long while to correct him because I found it so amusing?)

••• “The online retailer AHAlife is teaming up with Hotel Particulier for a pop-up gallery that’ll showcase (and sell) hard-to-find items from fifteen of its brands. Designers include the London-based Boudicca, and jewelry/sculptures from the Portugal native behind the brand Edgar Mosa.” —Racked

••• Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee has been getting no respect from the Battery Park City Authority, but there are signs of a possible détente. —Downtown Post NYC

••• “In the waning months of the Bloomberg administration, the DOE announced plans, over strenuous objection from Downtown parents and community leaders, to ‘collocate’ the Success Charter School within Murry Bergtraum High School, near the Brooklyn Bridge. The de Blasio administration announced at the end of February that they will not permit the school to move in.” —Broadsheet

••• “Today Time debuts a special issue, multimedia website and documentary film on the new One World Trade Center, featuring an exclusive and unprecedented 360-degree interactive photograph from the top of the 1,776-foot-tall tower.” You can pan and zoom on the one on And I just got a press release that says “Time is selling prints of the panoramic photograph, available in most states, for which a portion of the proceeds will go to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.” What’s with the “most states” business? It’s illegal somewhere to buy photos of a building?

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