It’s Free to Look: 524 East 72nd Street

  • This penthouse has a ballroom big enough for 100 guests.

  • One of the vexing questions of modern life must surely be how to hold a grand ball in a Manhattan apartment. Thankfully, this penthouse’s sweeping ballroomlike space with more than enough room for a grand piano and 100 guests will put your heart at ease.

    Surely even Mr. Darcy would be impressed with this apartment’s 49th-floor views of the city and the river. The gentleman with 10,000 pounds a year might also be wowed by the nearly $9 million price.

    If the drab cast of investment bankers and lawyers who are your neighbors doesn’t suggest an exciting guest list, Richard Harriton, the beleaguered Bear Stearns exec who was charged with fraud in the '90s, must have some good stories.

    Then, at the end of the evening, take off your dancing shoes and sleep in the master bedroom where you “might feel as though you are floating on the clouds,” says the Corcoran listing—Laura Kusisto

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