Far be it for us to beat Gawker or its blood-brother over at Curbed to its own real estate news, but word on the Soho streets is that Gawker founder Nick Denton is eyeing space for his rag-tag NYC staff. The street-level retail space — at 89 Crosby between Spring and Prince, including a small entrance at 250 Lafayette — is within spitting distance of Denton’s own $1.87 million digs at 81 Spring, not to mention a block-and-a-half zig-zag from mediabistro HQ. Oh, and there appears to be an adjacent massage parlor — perfect.
Our source says Denton swooped in and outbid an actual retailer for the joint. The landlord says the space has been leased for $20,000 a month, but declined to confirm who its future inhabitants would be.
Nonetheless, there’s something uniquely — I don’t know, Gawkable? — about Denton and co.’s bloggy empire holding court in front of throngs of downtown passerbys, allowing people to presumably “gawk” at them. And the prospect of a retail-level Gawker Media raises a dizzying amount of questions:
If they are, in fact, moving in, I’d like to be the first to formally welcome the Gawkers to the neighborhood. Once y’all are settled, give me a call. We’ll meet at Balthazar. The foie gras is on me.
More to come on this developing story.
In the meantime, enjoy pics from the would-be Ground Zero of Snark after the jump.