New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. has erected a paywall around his newpaper’s website to help keep out freeloading readers. When it comes to gossips and paparazzi, “Pinch” prefers an Upper West Side penthouse.
Back in February 2008, Mr. Sulzberger handed over his Central Park West duplex at Harperley Hall (home to quite a few media moguls) to his ex-wife Gail Gregg, though a flack claimed at the time that there would be no Sulzberger divorce. According to a deed from the transfer, he then moved into a boomerang-shaped studio atop 155 West 70th Street, which rented for $6,500 a month, according to StreetEasy.
Now Mr. Sulzberger has found a permanent penthouse to hang up his ink-stained suspenders in.The liberal lion landed at the Dorilton, a Beaux Arts beauty at the corner of Broadway and 71st Street with limestone details as florid as a Sam Sifton restaurant review–just check out those caryatids! Yet the pinched penthouse has a modern feel with an unusual 25-foot pyramidal skylight that lights up at night and has more of a David Pogue feel to it. There is also a huge terrace almost as big as the six-room spread.
In a multimedia spirit the platform-agnostic publisher must admire, Douglas Elliman brokers Ann Cutbill Lenane and Deirdre DeRisi even fimed a video listing of the space:
Mr. Sulzberger paid $3.9 million for the three-bedroom co-op, after it came on the market for $4.5 million in December. The sellers are Paul Ezekiel, an investment banker, and Tanya Kiskanyan, the COO at Thompson Reuters for six months last year and now a private consultant.
All of this could have been avoided, of course, if Mr. Sulzberger had only read The Times Real Estate section this week. The lead feature was all about how celebrities are turning to LLCs and trusts to hide their identities.