DJ AM, the celebrity-dating nightclub disc jockey, born Adam Goldstein, has a new home for his 1,000 pairs of sneakers. According to city records, he paid $1.995 million for a 1,147-square-foot apartment at One Kenmare Square, André Balazs’ curvy-faced condo on Lafayette Street.
“It’s very open, very bright, you’ve got windows down both walls, east and north, and it’s very sleek and upscale,” said Ed Hardesty, an Elliman listing broker. So will neighbors gawk at the DJ’s eight-foot-high windows? “The downside to walls of glass is that everyone can see inside your apartment, so they do a glazing,” the broker said. (It’s UV-protected, soundproofed triple glazing, of course.)
“That apartment barely went on the market, he was like the first person to see it, it was done,” Mr. Hardesty said. “The apartment had been rented, it was coming up for sale, and he said, ‘I want it.’”
Mr. Goldstein has come a long way: His father served time in prison after real estate fraud, according to a recent New York Times profile; the DJ weighed 324 pounds before gastric bypass surgery; he smoked crack for two years; and he quit cigarettes with hypnotism. But, despite his televised relationships with heiresses like Nicole Richie, he’s actually a laudable DJ.
When asked about brokering the deal, Mr. Hardesty said: “He’s a Long Island kid that made it big!” (Mr. Goldstein, actually, grew up in Philadelphia and L.A.) “In dealing with him it was just ‘Adam,’ and he came in jeans and sneakers, no big deal.”
The seller is Lou Marinelli, who was killed this October on his Harley Davidson. “Lou was killed on a Sunday, and we were set to close on a Tuesday,” said the broker. That pushed the closing back to the end of November.
Marinelli was a co-owner of the Chelsea club Crobar, his broker said, a hot spot shuttered last year. “And Adam had played there a number of times”—though they didn’t know each other.