TRIBECA—Is Five Franklin feeling the heat from 56 Leonard and Rem Koolhaas' 23 E. 22nd? Well, perhaps not, but they've been getting their fair share of attention. So, what's a Ben van Berkel building to do? Call in the Dutch Prime Minister and send out a press release, of course. Specifically: "Dutch Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende, and his delegation took time out of the United Nations schedule last week for a tour of the Five Franklin Place Sales and Design Gallery with Amsterdam-based architect, Ben van Berkel of UNStudio." For the record, that's Mr. van Berkel on the left and the PM on the right. [CurbedWire Inbox]
PROSPECT HEIGHTS—Marty Markowitz is bummed that Atlantic Yards litigation may go on until, say, 2030, but hopeful. Per one of many releases he sends out each and every day: "I am disappointed by the recent New York State Appellate Division denial of the motion to dismiss the eminent domain suit filed by opponents of Atlantic Yards...Though it’s certainly unfortunate that it now faces a delay...I remain optimistic that Atlantic Yards will be built and that it will indeed be a strong economic engine for Brooklyn and New York City far into the future." [CurbedWire Inbox]For more stories from Curbed, go to curbed.com.