— All rise. The honorable Jon O. Newman, federal judge for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, is now presiding over a three-bedroom apartment at 228 West 21st Street with his wife Ann Leventhal, a poet and writer. They were married four years ago and own a home in Connecticut in addition to this Chelsea duplex, for which they paid $1.8 million. The seller, Diane Blake, lists a three-bedroom in Greenpoint as her new home. The Corcoran listing describes this as a “garden paradise” hidden behind a reddish brownstone facade, and indeed the two-story living room features a fireplace and glass wall looking out on the 36-foot deep terrace.
— It was recently reported that On Prospect Park, the Richard Meier-designed development in the heart
of Brooklyn, was finally filling up, and with locals no less. Well, the latest buyers buck that trend, as Manhattan transplants Richard and Bonnie Steingart have just left Battery Park City for Grand Army Plaza. The couple–he a doctor, she an attorney–paid $2.65 million for their high-floor three-bedroom.
— As if collecting vintage race cars were not enough, Michael Gans has a penchant for collecting apartments as well. Already the owner of a duplex on the ninth and 10th floors of 860 Fifth Avenue, Mr. Gans has just purchased an adjoining unit on the ninth floor. The unit was unlisted, but based on similar ones in the 1950s co-op, appears to be a one-bedroom that cost $2.375 million. The seller was Dorothy Meller, a widow who now lists an address on West End Avenue.