It’s hard to leave home if your dad is the billionaire Mayor of New York, especially if he has a 7,500-square-foot Beaux-Arts townhouse on East 79th Street. But 27-year-old Emma Bloomberg needn’t worry: According to city records, she and her new husband have paid $2.45 million for a Tribeca condo. It’s an artsy loft with two rustic brick archways—plus high-beamed ceilings and windows in all the rooms. “An amazing apartment,” said Stribling listing broker Sean Turner, citing the building’s old-school details. According to the deed, the two-bedroom apartment most recently belonged to Christine Paterakis and John Duff. There is a minimalist (or “post-minimalist”) sculptor by the same name, though Ms. Turner said that Mr. Duff is a businessman. (After all, 1,683 square feet would be a lot for a post-minimalist.) But there are artsy touches, like the open kitchen’s “farm-style sink.” Ms. Bloomberg and Christopher Frissora, whom she married in June 2005, will have non-artsy furnishings: According to their online wedding registry, they now have two $620 sets of table knives, two sets of $480 “Gotici Torse” water glasses and a $210 “Big Kahuna bamboo cutting board.” There will be expensive food for the expensive cutlery: Ms. Bloomberg’s wedding was catered with sushi from Nobu—and if they’ve finished the leftovers, the restaurant is around the corner from the new loft. It isn’t clear whether the couple has graduated from Harvard, where each is studying for both an M.B.A. and a master’s degree in public administration. Their previous address is listed on the deed as an apartment in Cambridge, Mass., but a Bloomberg spokesperson wouldn’t comment. Ex-NBC Head ‘King Of the World’ With $10.69 M. Trump Place Purchase Weeks after stepping down as the longtime C.E.O. of NBC, Bob Wright has a new $10,695,000 Hudson River apartment to boost his spirits. According to city records, he has finally closed on the tip-top apartment at the Heritage, a condominium in the gargantuan Trump Place development. He first signed a contract with developers in July 2004—the year that Mr. Trump first released The Apprentice on Mr. Wright’s TV network. “The apartment is sick,” said Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Gilad Azaria, who has sold extensively in the building (but didn’t work on this sale). Mr. Wright and wife Suzanne have probably spent the past few years tailoring the full-floor space, which was presented as a five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom condo. “I love the master bedroom!” Mr. Azaria said about the original layout. “It’s facing northeast, and you have high ceilings and it’s all windows. It’s really, really unbelievable.” Even better is the 506-square-foot terrace facing west toward the Hudson River. The apartment is listed on deed records as Suite II. There are two suites on the top two floors, both with 360-degree views and 4,673-square-foot interiors. Plus, the Heritage’s suites happen to be higher than its penthouses. “He’s the king of the world,” said Mr. Azaria. Mr. Wright was also a king of network TV, until Jeff Zucker succeeded him as the chairman and chief executive of NBC Universal. (His 20-year tenure was the second-longest in television history.) On city deeds, the Wrights’ old address is listed in Fairfield, Conn. Law & Order Lead Puts Tribeca Pad Up for $5.95 M. The most beautiful sex-crime detective on prime-time TV has chopped the price of her Tribeca penthouse duplex to $5.95 million. It was listed last month for $545,000 more. “It’s really cocoon-like in there, but it’s really colorful,” Mariska Hargitay, the star of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, said about the library, her favorite room in the apartment. “It’s just the coziest! You sit on the couch and you think for 20 minutes. It’s one of those.” Upstairs is a private roof deck. “I lie out in the sun, have parties,” she told The Observer. Ms. Hargitay has played the non-partying Detective Olivia Benson for eight years, winning last year’s Lead Actress Emmy. “For me, coming from California, I needed light.” (She also comes from bombshell lineage: Jayne Mansfield is her mother.) Sadly, though, the apartment overlooks, along with Hudson Square, the car-loop leading to the Holland Tunnel, instead of the Hudson River. As compensation, the ground-floor garage belongs solely to the penthouse. “It’s like Batman,” Ms. Hargitay said: “You pull in, and there’s only room for one car!” The inside is plush, too. “We basically put the icing on the cake on this one,” said interior designer Jeffrey Bilhuber. “It has, I hope, an American clarity and a New York pizzazz.” Yet Ms. Hargitay, actor-husband Peter Hermann and their young son won’t be staying around. “We just need a little more room; the family’s getting bigger,” she said. A well-named Web site called the Real Estalker was the first to report that the family put this New York apartment, plus a house in Los Angeles, on the market. Brown Harris Stevens has the penthouse listing. Do potential East Coast buyers come for the celebrity appeal? “I would imagine they’re immune to that,” Ms. Hargitay said. “It’s more ‘My apartment has a garage!’” 14 Glamorous Rooms: Anne Slater’s 998 Fifth Co-Op In Contract The blue-spectacled Upper East Side matron Anne Slater had been around 998 Fifth Avenue even before the building became a co-op in 1953. But, according to the Brown Harris Stevens Web site, her 14-room apartment is now in contract to be sold. It was first listed by BHS in March for $17.7 million. “Bing Crosby made this his home when he was in New York,” said listing broker Kathy Sloane, who wouldn’t discuss the deal, but who was willing to describe the apartment’s glam history. The north arm alone has a bedroom, kitchen and two staff rooms, plus a bedroom for the butler. (It’s called the theater wing on account of the actors that stayed there—like Anne Baxter, one of Orson Welles’ Magnificent Ambersons). “There is even theatrical lighting in that wing now,” Ms. Sloane said. Ms. Slater reportedly used to host El Morocco after-parties with thespians and ping-pong and princesses. Her co-op has a 497-square-foot gallery, a glorious oval “salon” on Fifth, plus 17 closets and two quiet wet bars: “They’re very discreetly tucked in,” according to the broker. “The bar in the front hall has wood paneling that’s matched exactly.” There’s even a full kitchen added to the south wing, serving the three biggest bedrooms. The main kitchen’s cabinetry, like many of the co-op details, dates back to the Taft administration. So, of course, the 998 Fifth co-op board has sway over changes to the antique spread—and can turn down whoever has signed the contract. “We’ll have to wait and see what the next wonderful chapter will be,” said Ms. Sloane. “Because there have only been two inhabitants of that apartment that we know of in, really, 100 years.” Ms. Slater’s predecessor was Grover Whalen, the official greeter of New York. That made the apartment the receiving space for visiting dig
nitaries. So why would today’s sociable owner be willing to sell? “She’s a very decisive person, and she decided she would do this when it was time,” Ms. Sloane said. “And she’s doing it.”
Follow Max Abelson via RSS.