In the News: Jake Gyllenhaal, House Hunter

••• “The headquarters of the Tribeca Film Festival [13-17 Laight] is being shopped around for $105 million, after trading hands for just $56 million at the end of 2012 [….] The building is ripe for conversion to luxury condominiums. Several of the commercial leases at the building are set to expire in 2014 and 2015, according to CoStar Group, which would allow the building to be repositioned. The structure has nine residential units on the upper floors, all but one of them market-rate. The property also comes with unused air rights which could allow for the construction of more units.” Any bets on whether the film festival offices stay based in Tribeca? —The Real Deal

••• “President Obama on Thursday dedicated the long-awaited museum commemorating the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with a mournful elegy to the victims, a stirring tribute to the heroes and a firm resolve to never let terrorists shatter the spirit of America.” —New York Times

••• “Like many people who were in any proximity to the events of Sept. 11, the artist Spencer Finch often thought later about the color of the sky that day, the kind of crystalline blue that pilots and meteorologists call ‘severe clear.’ And when he was chosen more than two years ago to create the only work of art commissioned for the National September 11 Memorial Museum, he knew that the sky—or more accurately its continued existence in collective memory—would be his subject.” —New York Times

••• “The original program for Thursday morning’s September 11 Museum dedication ceremony said that Christie’s remarks would be followed by an Idina Menzel performance of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water,’ which would have been hilarious, if not entirely appropriate for such a solemn occasion. But just before the event, a museum spokesperson announced that Menzel was sick, so Broadway singer LaChanze did ‘Amazing Grace’ instead.” —Daily Intel

••• Got half a cup of garlic confit sitting around? Make Distilled‘s roasted cauliflower. —amNewYork

••• “A bearded, ponytailed Jake Gyllenhaal […] was part of a crowd that lined up around the block in the rain one recent Sunday to get inside a Tribeca open house for a $3.75 million landmarked townhouse at 37 Harrison.” —New York Post

••• Ferry horns still driving Battery Park City residents insane. —Crain’s

••• Forgotten New York muses about Fountain Pen Hospital.



  1. as to the film festival headquarters, the festival is really run out of the film center at 375 greenwich. over the years, they have used a number of properties in the neighborhood to make it all happen.

  2. laight street building is a hot mess…walk inside and it’s like steppin back in time.

  3. I just crossed West Street at Liberty for the first time in 13 year!. Can we have a block party or something? The memorial plaza is open for a stroll and Albany Street is blissfully bereft of tourists.