In the News: A Trader Joe’s in FiDi?

••• “The owners of [71-73 Franklin] building are offering to convert it into a single-family mansion and deliver it finished for $65 million. […] If buyers prefer to do the build-out themselves, the building can be purchased as raw space for $50 million.” The article says that the lone commercial tenant, artist Peter Tunney, will be “vacating soon”—which explains the Leonard Street gallery. Pictured above: a rendering of how the conversion could look; thanks to @BoyfromBatangas for helping identify which the building. —Wall Street Journal

••• Curbed, meanwhile, combed through the conversion plans and found them mockable. Worth a look.

••• The “Dream House” art installation by La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, currently in a rented space at 275 Church, might be moving. The Dia Art Foundation “has acquired ‘Dream House’ as a work and will present a new version of it at Dia’s building at 545 West 22nd Street in Chelsea from June 17 through Oct. 24, with an eye toward creating a longer-term installation when Dia builds a new headquarters for its collections and programs on West 22nd Street. (Dia officials hope construction will begin within the next three years.)” —New York Times

••• 28 Liberty, as One Chase Manhattan Plaza is now known, has been talking to Trader Joe’s about opening a store there. —Downtown Express

••• The New York Post confirms what I heard: that Bradley Cooper is considering an apartment in northwest Tribeca. “The American Sniper actor was spotted Thursday morning scoping apartments with two female real estate brokers and his mom, Gloria. Spies saw the group outside of the Juice Press in Tribeca and overheard them talking about appointments and furnishings.” Actually, I just heard he’s there right this moment.

••• “The Downtown Alliance has begun construction on the Lower Manhattan HQ, its planned collaborative workspace for companies in the technology, advertising, media, and information (TAMI) industries. Slated to open this summer on the 20th floor of 150 Broadway (at the corner of Liberty Street), LMHQ will serve the 800-plus companies in the TAMI sector that are headquartered south of Chambers Street.” Presumably, Tribeca Citizen is eligible; are pugs welcome? We could both use socialization. —Broadsheet



  1. I’d love to see Trader Joe’s open in the space Fairway passed up on or was never planning to move into in the first place (I forget which.)

  2. Oh please let the Trader Joe’s news be true! We could use one downtown!

  3. Here is the website you can go to to request a Trader Joe’s Downtown!

  4. Would love to be able to stand in a 1/2 hour queue at Trader Joe’s closer to home – I’ve made my request :-)