In Deed! 15 Broad Penthouse Gone Wrong; Artists Sell in Far West Village; A $4M “Techy Prewar”

43 clarkson st In Deed! 15 Broad Penthouse Gone Wrong; Artists Sell in Far West Village; A $4M Techy Prewar – George Robb, Jr., has made a career of hunting for treasure, first on Wall Street, then on the ocean’s floor. The founder of the RPM Nautical Foundation, who until last year was married to model Veronica Webb, has dropped anchor at 15 Broad Street, the former JP Morgan headquarters that was recently converted to condos designed by Philippe Starck. The, uh, stark white apartment boasts three bedrooms, three baths, and a 500-square-foot terrace. With generous windows offering views of the neighboring deco and glass spires of the Financial District, the 2,305-square-foot apartment should provide Robb a safe harbor when not at sea.

Robb paid $2.785 million, slightly more than the $2.745 million the apartment was listed for in May, when it saw a price jump from $2.695 million first ask in March. The seller was Adam Sender, a Steve Cohen accolyte and founder of Exis Capital Management who is also a reputed art collector. He could also be considered a collector of apartments, as he bought three of the top units at 15 Broad for $8.3 million in 2007, as well as a lower unit the year before for $1.5 million (he must have liked what he saw).

The combined apartments then came on the market for $10.995 million in October 2008 before jumping to $15 million in December–Lehman be damned! It appears that plan didn’t work out, as 6,257-square-foot combo slipped off the market in April, according to StreetEasy. The bottom two apartments of the trifecta have yet return to the market, despite the sale of the topper. At a loss, too, as Sender paid $3 million for it. According to Elliman broker Jason Walker‘s listing, the apartment was never lived in.

Sender and wife Lenore also own an apartment on Greene Street in Soho, according to city records.

 – John Eck and his wife Malia have just bought a sumptous, wood-beamed condo at 43 Clarkson Street in the Far West Village. The lofty apartment has 2,600 exquisite square feet and can easily host a dinner party of 50 boasts the listing by Darren Sukenik of Elliman. “All this in the most chic, private location that is in the middle of it all–yet miles beyond your expectations,” Sukenik writes of the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath condo. The couple paid $3.675 million to Robbins-Smatt Family LLC.

The company was created in 1999 by Bruce Robbins, according to state records, and is registered to the building. It so happens that the artist of the same name and his photographer wife, Karin Smatt-Robbins, live in the duplex penthouse of the building. Julian Schnabel also reportedly spent time in the building, presumably before he built the fabulously pink Palazzo Chupi on nearby West 11th Street.

[CORRECTION: The John Eck who heads up NBC's television division is not the same John Eck who purchased this apartment, as first reported. The Observer regrets the error.]

 – Zachary Kestenbaum runs, with his father Jerry, Building Link, a digital management system for residential properties used in more than 800 buildings from New York to Tokyo. It should follow, then, that the younger Kestenbaum would have a nice apartment himself, and he does now, as he and wife Rita have just purchased a $4 million coop at 1095 Park Avenue.  The four-bedroom, four-bathroom sprawling 1930 apartment has special appeal for the inner techie: “Every wall in this 8 rooms apartment was opened and rebuilt to accommodate computer and electronic systems, but rebuilt to retain the prewar character and charm,” coos Mary Beth Flynn and Russell Miller‘s Brown Harris Stevens listing. The sellers were Philip Lefkowitz and Tracy Lippes.

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