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56 Leonard’s public art piece is coming soon
Tribeca’s Jenga tower has been close to complete for some time now, with residents occupying the building after closings began in 2016. But the final component of the building’s design—a sculpture by Anish Kapoor, best known for Chicago’s Cloud Gate (aka the Bean)—has been missing.
Until now, that is: Developer Alexico Group announced that the new sculpture, which Kapoor created in collaboration with architects Herzog & de Meuron, will be installed starting in November.
The piece won’t be that dissimilar to the Bean: The developer describes it as having an “enigmatic balloon-like form”; it will be 48 feet long, 19 feet high, and have a mirrored surface. Whether it will turn the corner of Church and Leonard streets into an Instagram bait location remains to be seen.
And in other news…
- Did you know Jennifer Lawrence owns an Upper East Side penthouse, which has been on the market for more than 100 days? Now you do.
- The city isn’t building enough housing, according to a new report.
- An apartment at 220 Central Park South sold for $55.5 million.
- Phillips Auction House is moving into the Apple Store-like cube at the base of 432 Park Avenue.
- How do you sell a haunted house? It’s tricky, according to brokers.
- A proposed 14-story tower in Sheepshead Bay got the thumbs-down from the local community board thanks, in part, to its lack of parking.
- A City Council bill to provide housing for the homeless in subsidized apartment buildings has speaker Corey Johnson’s support—but he wants the mayor to sign on, too.
- And finally, it’s Halloween! If you’re planning to attend the Village Halloween Parade, know that the weather will be gross today, with rain and strong winds. But you can also watch it from home, if that’s more your speed. And if you need some costume inspiration, look no further than this photo of architects dressed as their own buildings, from the 1931 Beaux Arts Ball held by what would later become the Van Alen Institute (William Van Alen is dressed as the Chrysler Building, FYI):