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Construction Watch: The New-Look Leonard Street...Or Is It?

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We're chugging along in the the week of 56 Leonard, but whenever we mention Herzog & de Meuron's 57-story stackable tower, some Curbed commenters are quick to snap that it'll never get built in the current economic climate. However, what some don't know is that the building has been under construction at the corner of Leonard and Church Streets for a while now. We sent fotog Will Femia down to Tribeca to put the issue to rest once and for all, but doing so is more difficult than we thought!

For one, no part of the building is yet visible from the street. No problem, they're probably still doing foundation work, but look how much the neighboring New York Law School library has grown since this Google Street View image was taken. And that's not all! According to the Femster, the job site was crawling with construction workers, making it impossible for him to scale the wall to get a shot into the hole. Oh really? We see some heavy equipment, but try to point out one hardhat in the above frames. Hmmm!

If there is documented proof of the existence of one Leonard Street development, it's one block over at West Broadway. There, the boutique condo building at 34 Leonard appears to be coming along nicely. Paging Mulder and Scully.
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56 Leonard St

56 Leonard Street, Manhattan, NY 10013