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Inside Five Leaves

First outside, then a close up of the WC, and now a full reveal. Behold, FiveLeaves, the nautically themed bar that is preparing to open in Greenpoint at the corner of Lorimer and Bedford, the Mecca of all things Brooklyn. The space was designed and built by John McCormick, the owner and designer of Moto in Williamsburg and designer of Smith and Mills in Tribeca. The little details are impeccable, and we expect Five Leaves to be a charming and welcome addition to the area. The work is almost complete, so an opening could occur sometime in the next few months. Stay tuned.

More images from inside after the jump:

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Reader Comments (38)

DBTH You are a mensch.

July 23, 2008 at 01:27PM | Unregistered CommenterWilly Be G

this is all great and all... but...

brooklyn ?...

July 23, 2008 at 01:37PM | Unregistered CommenterJG

the place looks slick. whens it opening?

July 23, 2008 at 02:33PM | Unregistered Commenteri love you

This just looks fabulous!! Really can go wrong with something desinged by the same guy who did Moto! Can't wait for it to open!!

July 23, 2008 at 03:04PM | Unregistered Commenterporter

I would like to point out (i can no longer bite my tongue over this) that john mccormick has been taking credit for the work of both smith & mills and taylor, both jobs that he essentially assisted on while works mfg. genius, alex kravchuk, gets no credit here on grub street. come on people! mccormick and business partner bill phelps did a beautiful job on Moto. But credit on all these other jobs? it's too much. no doubt it's hard making an impression in the design business, but i have to give mr. kravchuk the props he deserves. and that beautiful steel kitchen facade shown in the photos above? yes, mr. kravchuk.

July 23, 2008 at 07:14PM | Unregistered Commentergina L

Gina,
I believe it has more to do with McCormick's established reputation as a designer of restaurants. He's been around a long time.

July 23, 2008 at 07:56PM | Unregistered CommenterCatherine A.

Thank you for your comments Gina. I happen to agree with you on the failure of different websites to mention all the key people involved in the projects that Ive been fortunate enough to be a part of in the last few years.(Especially Alex Kravchuk) It has been a distressing aspect to that part of my life.

Each project, in every respect was indeed a collaboration. With many people contributing their talents and craftsmanship to these wonderful places. I have always done my best, when questioned about projects Im involved in, to provide details the people involved, the spelling of their names, contact numbers and my relationship to them whether it be an on going partnership or creative collaboration on specific projects. Sadly, most of this information is not pursued or never makes it online. This has also caused me to steer away from interviews and questions about projects of late.
So rather than just read comments that would cause me to bite my own tongue, I will tell you honestly I am not and have not been "taking credit" I have been wrongly 'given credit' however. When it comes to things of this nature Im about as socialist as you can get.
I enjoy the work that I do and I hope to continue working with all these wonderful people making inviting and lovely spaces to gather and enjoy life.
-John

July 23, 2008 at 08:58PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn McCormick

inviting and lovely spaces to gather and binge drink til you puke all over the pretty wood floors.

July 24, 2008 at 10:14AM | Unregistered CommenterSolomon Grundy

page six shout out today big up dbth

July 24, 2008 at 11:30AM | Unregistered Commenteri love you

my friend is going to be head chef! totallly excited!!!!

July 24, 2008 at 02:39PM | Unregistered CommenterLauren

well... What's your friends name and where has he worked?

July 24, 2008 at 03:21PM | Unregistered CommenterWilly Be G

8 months of work on the interior so far. By the time this opens we'll be back to bell bottoms.

July 24, 2008 at 03:31PM | Unregistered Commenterskinny jeans white shoes

I can't believe some of the ugly comments I have been reading about this project. I can't believe how petty people are. Why can't we just celebrate the beauty of a job well done regardless of who hammered what nail? You can bet John is not keeping score on who-did-what. John is the most unassuming person you will ever find. He will do great work regardless of if it is connected to someone famous past, present or future. If he finds someone that will bust their ass with him or for him, you can bet they are recognized, and they know who they are. For the record, nothing that has been posted "glorifying" his name was written or can be said to be quoted by him. This whole thing has been a media "scoop" brought about by muckrakers. GETOVERIT

July 24, 2008 at 06:20PM | Unregistered CommenterGETOVERIT

cant wait for this joint to open!!!...hopefully it will be open by december since i hope to be in the area then...

July 24, 2008 at 07:10PM | Unregistered Commenternikki

i heard the chef is a guy who used to work at diner. it looks awesome.

July 24, 2008 at 09:15PM | Unregistered Commenterblack feet

so glad to see a new spot opening up in greenpoint! i don't care who owns it, i just know that the guys who have been working on the place have been super friendly the few times i've poked my head in to observe their progress. i looks like it's going to be lovely.

July 25, 2008 at 10:15AM | Unregistered Commenterloose knives

it says in people it might be called brightside.. i actually heard that was the name too

July 25, 2008 at 08:30PM | Unregistered Commenterseven

I think that it's coming along just FINE. I hope that someday when I go to Conn to visit some family there. That I will be able to get there and check out this project that Heath was really set on doing. It would be a great pleasure to be able to enjoy something that meant alot to him.

His memory will live forever, I saw his last movie The Dark Knight and I have to say I had to remind myself that, it was Heath playing the part of the joker.

A Friend & Fan of Heaths Always,

Penny Almada

July 26, 2008 at 09:03PM | Unregistered CommenterPenny

mate get on with your reno we are watching you
and wish you good luck
ward

July 27, 2008 at 05:12AM | Unregistered Commenterward

Heath Ledger Is On The Bright Side Of Things
Wed, 06 August 2008

The restaurant-bar the late Heath Ledger wanted to open in New York’s Brooklyn is nearly complete.

“Heath was very, very into it,” Jud Mongell, Heath’s longtime pal and business partner, tells Life & Style. “He drew the floor plans and thought of the name — BrightSide — because it’s on the bright side of McCarren Park.”

The nautical-themed eatery, which is scheduled to open later this summer, will have personal touches from Heath. For instance, a chessboard will be engraved into one of the tables.

“Heath was a big chess player,” notes Jud. “The whole idea was to make it a spot for us. We wanted to make it our own space to hang out.”

Heath also wanted a family style table. “He specifically talked about having a place for him and his family to sit,” adds John McCormick, who designed the bar. “It was great working with Heath. He was the most unassuming guy.”

August 6, 2008 at 03:34PM | Unregistered CommenterFlip

SORRY! I have different comments on at least 2 pages. The inside pcture page, the outside picture page,and maybe even the front page. I'm just so confused with the 3 or 4 different names. Five Leaves is named for when there are only 5 cigarettes left in a pack, not Nick Drake's song? What the hecke!

August 7, 2008 at 08:45AM | Unregistered CommenterJill

I couldn't think of a better bunch of people to open a place. Can't wait to see the finished product. John is the nicest guy and I could never see him "taking credit" for others' work.

August 11, 2008 at 04:16PM | Unregistered CommenterEl Diablo Tacos

All I can say is that HEath loved this restaurant idea more than antyhing else and to see it finished with one of the names he chose, then surely that's what really matters? Not who's saying what about who designed what. After all, theis project was his and Jud's, so long as you keep that in mind what does the rest matter? The way I see it, it's a dream realised and when it's finished the name will be above the door. :)

Winks for Heath.

September 13, 2008 at 03:22AM | Unregistered CommenterAngel

Hey, you, JG - 2nd commenter on this post. Where have you been living? In the fitting rooms in Forever21? You have got to be kidding me with that comment. Did you move her 6 months ago and are just now realizing there are other parts of this city other than shitty, overrated neighborhoods like Union Square and the East Village (RIP). Well, I'm sure you won't last 3 years here anyway, but please, keep that mentality before hopping on the L ONE STOP into BK to visit this lovely little place. I hear 7A is amazing - why don't you eat there instead? I mean, it's WAY COOL because it's on 7th and Ave A... Unless you still believe that "alphabet city" is dangerous.

September 17, 2008 at 06:29PM | Unregistered Commenteradam

this is amazing i cant wait to go... but i need an address...i get lost easily... please post something soon. =)

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