In the News: When Brookfield Place Restaurants Will Open

24 Leoanrd courtesy BKSK••• New York YIMBY got its hands on two more renderings of the garage-to-condo conversion at 24 Leonard: “The average size of the apartments will be an eye-popping 5,400 square feet.”

••• The New York Post looks at the conversions underway at 37 Lispenard, 42 Lispenard, and 52 Lispenard.

••• Checking in with the nice folks at Haus Alkire, the fashion brand with a boutique on White Street. —New York Times

••• Brookfield Place told CB1 that there would be “staggered openings [of the shops] through the spring and into mid summer.” (But Saks Fifth Avenue isn’t coming till spring of 2016.) As for the restaurants: “L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, expected to open by the fall, and two places on Vesey Street—the Italian eatery Parm, with an anticipated April opening, and Amada, specializing in tapas, to be ready by the end of summer, at the earliest.” And Le District is now shooting for April. —Tribeca Trib

••• “Out of $4.21 billion in federal Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Relief awarded to the City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, only some $10 million (or less than one-quarter of one percent) has been allocated within the borders of Community Board 1.” Politicians are working on it. —Broadsheet

••• “Real estate investor Arnold Penner is being accused by his son of duping him out of a multimillion-dollar stake in a Tribeca office building [250 Church], according to an explosive new lawsuit. Jonathan Penner, who is seeking $27 million in punitive damages, is accusing his father of “hoodwinking” him, and fraudulently convincing him to sell his ownership stake in a 15-story office building for the bargain basement price of $300,000.” I always thought the building was owned by the city (or maybe state); suddenly, it looks like a tear-down candidate. —The Real Deal

250 Church



  1. I always thought that building was owned by the city/state too, perhaps because it housed some government-related insurance fund office or something. I’ve actually toured it. I walked in one day years ago and just introduced myself as someone who writes about design, and a kind guard took me around. Structurally the building’s got infinite potential. The reason I asked for the tour is that I wanted to flesh-out my fantasy about what I would do with it if I owned it (poss. the most vivid part of my fantasy life, which says not that much great about me). One noteworthy thing about it is that the entrance had (maybe still has, haven’t looked inside lately) a sort of primitive interpretation of Noguchi’s aquatic-themed lobby at 666 Fifth Avenue ( ).

  2. Re: 24 Leonard- looks more like something you would find at Lincoln Center. Another quaint Tribeca street continues to be destroyed…