While waiting amid the clog of cars coming out of the Holland Tunnel down in Tribeca, take a look at the skeleton of steel that's gone up at 52 Laight Street. This one has been kicking around for a while, but its time has finally come. Developer Kengo Watanabe is the man with the money and his cohort is architect German Longoria of Suellen Defrancis Architecture. When it's complete there will be five full-floor condos and two duplex penthouses up top. Soon it will be covered in appropriately historic looking brick and limestone, with some added bits of faux-historical fibreglass (rendering in the gallery above). If all goes well it will blend right in with the bevy of beauties lining this block. Here's a plus for interested buyers with teenage daughters: It's just a short shot to the Pearline Soap palace over on Washington Street, where there's more to be found than mere soap in that box.
· Tribeca garages likely to go condo [Downtown Express]
· Landmark permit issued for 50-52 Laight Street [EveryBlock]