56 Leonard Street

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56 Leonard Street, New York City, NY

56 Leonard Street

Described by the architects as "houses stacked in the sky"
Building Information
Developer Alexico Group and Hines
Architect Herzog & de Meuron
Number of Units 145
Number of Floors 57
Year Built 2013
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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56 Leonard Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C6-4
Title of Land Condominium



Construction on this very tall residential skyscraper began in mid-2007 but met with financial set backs due to the financial melt down of 2009. Work was stalled from 2010 and in 2012, the developer, Alexico Group, re-launched the project with new contractor, Lend Lease U.S. Construction Co. Originally scheduled to open for sales in 2013, that date has been reset to 2014 with full completion of the project slated for 2015.[1]

Nevertheless, 56 Leonard Street, or more simply, 56 Leonard, will be a striking addition to New York City's skyline in the TriBeCa neighborhood of Manhattan, the "Triangle Below Canal" Street. The architects themselves describe this building as "houses stacked in the sky", due to varying offsets of the floor plates which gives the structure a "house of cards" sense rather than a typical rectilinear, standard tower. Upon completion, 56 Leonard will stand out against TriBeCa's normal architecture of post war, brick and limestone clad structures by displaying its outer sculpted surfaces clad with shiny glass, in addition to its sheer height.


56 Leonard is located in the heart of TriBeCa, a neighborhood known to one of the first residential neighborhoods developed in New York beyond the boundaries of the main city during colonial times. Better access to the area occurred during the construction of the IRT Broadway - Seventh Avenue rail line when Varick Street was widened in 1914 and the arrival of the completed rail extension in 1918.

TriBeCa is also home to the "TriBeCa Film Festival" established to help the long term recovery of Lower Manhattan after 9/11. Although TriBeCa suffered financially after the attacks, government grants and incentives helped the area rebound quickly. The festival celebrates and marks New York City as a major film making center providing many location choices for movies and TV.

56 Leonard is the tallest structure in TriBeCa

TriBeCa was largely an industrial area until the 1960s. Vast amounts of empty commercial space began to attract artists to the area and artists' studios flourished. In 1996, a non-profit artist-run organization was formed called the "TriBeCa Open Artist Studio Tour", or TOAST, to provide an educational opportunity for the public. Annual tours run to this day.[2]

In addition to art showings and numerous galleries to explore, this neighborhood, also offers lots of local amenities and services. More than twenty restaurants, bars, and drinking establishments can be found within a tenth of a mile - less than 1,100 feet from 56 Leonard. A dozen grocery options are a little farther away, but still within a quarter of a mile. Several preschools, elementary schools and public schools are under a half mile from 56 Leonard. The area is very flat and considered "bike-able" with numerous bike lanes available and more than 40 transit options are steps away.[3]


56 Leonard - Construction resumes

56 Leonard faced a sluggish start on its construction due to the financial down turn of 2009. Work was halted from sometime in 2010 and was finally resumed in 2012. Conceptual drawings of the structure suggests a stack of non-linear levels that appear precariously perched on one another and reaching high into the sky. The cantilevered floor plates create a jagged silhouette that some find uncomfortably unconventional. Others see the design as ambitious and daring.

the 145 residences at 57 storey 56 Leonard will range in size from 1,430 square feet to 6,380 square feet comprised of two to five bedroom apartments with up to 14 foot ceilings with glass walls and private outdoor spaces for every apartment. The building has a footprint of 12,500 sq ft and a gross floor area of 425,000 square feet and including 1,850 square foot of retail space and a 9,700 square foot fitness center.[4]

Layout and Features

Views from 56 Leonard

Marketing and promotional material for 56 Leonard is boasting individual and unique floor plans for all the 145 suites. They range in size from one bedroom units to 5 bedroom penthouses, all with glass walls for undisturbed views of Manhattan in all directions.

The children's play area, called the "TriBeCa Tot Room", was designed by "Architots". 56 Leonard has a 9,700 square foot fitness facility and a screening room. Apartments feature white oak flooring, black granite in the kitchens, and Sub-zero and Miele appliances.

56 Leonard also features a 75 foot lap pool, a sundeck, lounge, and a private dining room.[5]

Floor Plans

56 Leonard is currently showing off 14 floor plans, ranging from one bedroom to five bedroom layouts. However, marketing and promotional information is suggesting that each apartment will have a unique floor layout. Some of the published floor plans are shown here:


Clever marketing campaign highlighting features in the shape of the seemingly "precariously stacked" building

These amenities include:

  • Library lounge with:
    • Custom designed polished stainless steel fireplace
    • Absolute Black grant-tiled walls
    • Custom wool carpet
    • Expansive private terrace
    • Access to the screening room and private dining room.
  • Leonard indoor/outdoor theater
  • Tribeca Tot Room
  • Sky estuary with a 75-foot infinity edge lap pool with:
    • Two lanes
    • Black terrazzo deck inlaid with glass marbles
    • Polished stainless steel penny tile walls
    • Landscaped outdoor sundeck
    • Cantilevered hot tub 25 feet over Leonard Street
  • Leonard fitness center and yoga studio
  • Treatment room
  • Steam room
  • Sauna
  • Catering kitchen
  • Conference center


56 Leonard Street Bylaws
Rentals Not Known
Pets Not Known
Age No

  • Construction of 56 Leonard has not been completed at the time of this writing, so certain bylaws of the structure have not been formalized yet. Nor has an owners' condominium board been established.
  • It may only be safe to assume that the building does not have any age restrictions placed on its residents as a very elaborate children's play area is planned.


  • 56 Leonard is not actively seeking LEED certification, but according to Izak Senbahar, of Alexico Group LLC, sustainability and preservation of the ecosystem and environment is not a fad, or just something for the future. It's a reality that is here right now.
  • Even though not LEED certified, designers at Alexico Group LLC have switched to using LED lighting instead of regular incandescent bulbs. LED lights only use 15% of the power of incandescent bulbs and can last 10 to 15 years.
  • LED lights do not generate any heat which eases the burden on the air conditioning system of the building.
  • LED lighting usually costs more to install, but most developments realize a complete return on their investment within a year of installation in cost savings.[6]


Located close to SoHo, the adjacent neighborhood 'SOuth of Houston' Street, and just north of Battery City Park, or BPC, TriBeCa has long been a desirable area of Manhattan to live in. Here are some of the celebrities who live or have lived in the area:

  • David Letterman, late night TV host
  • Jon Stewart, also a late night TV host
  • Derek Jeter, New York Yankees baseball star
  • James Gandolfini, actor
  • Daniel Radcliffe, also an actor, whose prominence came from playing Harry Potter
  • Robert De Niro, no description should be necessary
  • Daniel Craig, the blonde Bond
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, Lou Reed, Richard Serra, Gary Sinise, Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman, Justin Timberlake - the list of celebrities is lengthy[7]


  1. Lower Manhattan - Project Updates - February 22, 2013
  2. Tribeca Open Artist Studio Tour - May 3-6, 2013
  3. Walk Score
  4. World Architecture News - "Herzog & de Meuron reach for the sky"
  5. Street Easy
  6. LEADERS Magazine's October, November, December 2012 edition
  7. Wikipedia - TriBeCa

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