Seen & Heard: Gallery Closed

••• Kung Fu Tea has soft-opened for now, with mostly only drinks. Full report to come after the grand opening on June 9.

••• When the A+E Studios gallery opened in the W. Broadway retail space in 60 Hudson, I thought it was a pop-up, and then a year or two went by before I realized I should go in an write about it. Which I finally did a month or two ago, when it had a neat sculpture exhibit up. We agreed I’d come back right before their next exhibit, which was going to be around now. But the gallery is gone.

60 Hudson••• A reader sends word that the new hotel at (and called) 11 Howard is open.

••• Opening June 2 at Front Art Space: “Maria de Los Angeles: Dresses, Paintings, and Boxes, a solo exhibition of new work by Maria de Los Angeles. The hand-painted dress ‘The Family’ depicts Maria and her nieces painted on the chest piece and the rest of the dress is filled with scenes of colonialism that relate to her experience as an immigrant in the United States. The dresses may seem beautiful at a glance, but after a closer look, people soon realize they contain sensitive, important, and controversial issues. Maria de Los Angeles accompanied by professional models will wear/display several dresses on the day of the reception on June 2. They will interact with pedestrians on the sidewalk outside the entrance of Front Art Space. At 8pm, the artist will lead everyone to the second floor gallery space where Maria’s paintings will be on display.”

Maria de los Angeles••• Like its next-door neighbor, 106 Franklin is on the market: “The 5-story building offers a generous 2,525 SF floor plate with approximately 11,000 gross SF above grade,” says the Cushman & Wakefield listing. “The property benefits from approximately 4,200 SF of additional development rights, pending potential limitations imposed by Tribeca East landmark district zoning (consult a licensed architect for further guidance). Currently, the 3rd and 4th floor tenants are on short term leases. The rest of the building will be delivered vacant.” That’s the building where Joy Gryson’s store was.