Ken Auletta, New Yorker media man and best-selling author of Googled: The End of the World As We Know It as well as the pre-apocalyptic Greed and Glory on Wall Street, has purchased a $2 million apartment at 132 East 72nd Street with wife Amanda “Binky” Urban, an ICM power agent, say city records.
The purchase of the three-bedroom, originally listed for $2.3 million, presents a bit of a quandry that even a trip down the information superhighway couldn’t explain: Mr. Auletta and Ms. Urban already have a place on Park Avenue, but perhaps they’re downsizing? Neither returned requests for comment. (The Observer originally presumed the apartment might be for their recently betrothed daughter, Kate, a travel editor at the Huffington Post, but she emailed that, though her parents are generous, it was not, in fact, for her and her husband.)
Listed with Brown Harris Stevens’ Lisa Lippman and Scott Moore, who also declined to comment, the apartment features a wood-paneled living room with a wood-burning fireplace and eat-in kitchen but sounds ripe for a renovation, judging from the listing’s nebulous last line, “don’t miss the opportunity to restore this beautiful bones home to its potential splendor.”
The floor plan reveals a master bedroom that shares a bathroom with the second bedroom–not ideal–and the petite third bedroom would likely better function as an office, perfect from which to Google.