Seen & Heard: Coordinated Open Houses

••• Terry Naini of Brown Harris Stevens had a good idea—and actually wrangled other real-estate brokers into participating: Brokers are now coordinating weekday open houses in Tribeca, so they’ll be every other Wednesday (including today) from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

••• The Greenwich Street side of under-conversion 15 Hubert has been unveiled, and yesterday the sidewalk shed was finally coming down.

••• After running the Nosy Neighbor post about 30 Warren yesterday, I heard back from the developer, Cape Advisors. “Work has been ongoing, albeit slower than we’d like mainly because of the support of excavation and bracing required by the MTA,” emailed David Kronman. “That work is now behind us and demolition is complete. The new building permits were just issued by the Department of Buildings and foundation work will begin any day.”

••• It looks like the retail space at 459 Washington, most recently home to interior designer Sasha Bikoff’s pop-up shop, will be a sales office for the condos at 570 Broome. (The Department of Buildings filings says the tenant is Soho Broome Condos LLC, which is the developer of 570 Broome.) That’s the building directly north of the Holland Tunnel on-ramp.

••• Tent & Trails is having a sale: 30% off everything. Note to self: Work on packing list for hiking trip before sale ends July 3.



  1. Uhhhh…neighborhood real estate open houses aren’t a new thing. But kudos to Terry for pulling an “Al Gore” and calling it his (her?) idea.

    • No one claimed to have invented it, so if it reads that way, blame my wording. The point is that Terry led the effort to make it happen.

      • Also, Al Gore never claimed that he invented the Internet. That is a hackneyed right wing shibboleth.

          • Heh heh…so there!

          • The point of the article you are citing:

            “As a lawmaker, Gore did play an important role in fostering public use of the Internet. Nevertheless, here it is, years later, and Gore is still paying penance for an offhand remark, poorly phrased. So how is it that this flub continues to resonate — and what warnings does Gore’s experience have for other politicians?”

            He was not claiming that he “invented the Internet” but that legislation he fostered made it available to ordinary citizens, which everyone involved in the effort at that time, from top research scientists to people working in telecom (like myself) agree was not just true, but relatively modest.

          • The conclusion of the article I cited:

            “So why is his comment now remembered as a Four-Pinocchio whopper? Certainly the shorthand description, fostered by the media, made a difference. But the key reason is that the statement fit within an emerging narrative that Gore, fairly or not, was a self-absorbed stretcher of the facts. A gaffe sticks if it somehow validates preconceived notions about a politician.”

          • Supposedly, Gore’s pushing hard for that legislation really got the internet off the ground. He was correct, in many respects, and had a right to take pride in that achievement. I respect the man – he was right about bringing the world’s attention to global warming, too. Al Gore’s been right about a lot of things, and ahead of the curve, too.

  2. Do not appreciate the Gore diss at all!
    Not a new idea but Terry got some free press
    Not interested in your political opinion or snark
    Just close your eyes “Makes You Go…” and imagine
    a world with a President Gore. No wounded and dead
    veterans, a contained Middle East and solar
    panels on the roof of your building.

    • Not interested in other peoples’ political opinion or snark….. so here is mine….

      The hypocrisy is so fluid, he/she doesn’t have punctuation to separate the thoughts.