Seen & Heard: Is Another Small Building Doomed?

••• From Evening Bar: “We’ll have the Carte Blanche jazz band preforming this Tuesday, March 1, 7-10pm. They’re a six-piece ensemble all about classic French, Latin and American jazz standards from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.”

••• I hear that 33 Lispenard is on the market. That’s the corner building with Ilya-Leo’s Barber Shop, the Westside Coffee Shop, and what used to be Saluggi’s Sandwich Shoppe. Café Noir was in 35 Lispenard, next door. Both are landmarked, and yet the Landmarks Preservation Commission has not been afraid to allow small, undistinguished buildings to be demolished, so presumably anyone interested in buying 33 would try to get his/her hands on 35, too—or, heck, that whole block of Church Street.

33 Lispenard••• Work is progressing at 56 Leonard. Compare the photo below to the one from February 10.

56 Leonard••• Despite the lack of activity, the folks at Baluchi’s say they’re still very much planning on reopening Pakistan Tea House. The holdup is “due to issues outstanding on the premises from over ten years ago.”

Pakistan Tea House••• Two more shots showing how 3 World Trade Center will block much of 4 World Trade Center, as seen from Church and Greenwich. The bluest part is going up around the concrete core. (I included a rendering, too. The 80-story building is by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.)

3 and 4 WTC from Church3 and 4 WTC from Greenwich3WTC rendering


1 Comment

  1. I genuinely miss the full view of 4WTC from where I live on Church, and in particular the way the beautifully glazed exterior vanished by reflecting the sky around it, leaving only thin lines delineating its form. I could be wrong, but the proportions of the rendering of 3WTC appear by comparison to be graceless.