Even in death, Normal Mailer’s legacy lives on. The pugnacious writer and Brooklyn resident died in 2007, but the controversy surrounding his unique apartment is just heating up, The New York Times reports.
In the 1960s, Mailer constructed a particularly quaint space on the top floor of a classic Brooklyn brownstone , according to The Times.
Mailer, seeking to conquer a lifelong fear of heights, essentially had the roof lifted up to create a tri-level crow’s nest of sorts. A series of ladders lead up several flights, with landings and small rooms resembling tiny ship galleys on each level.
After Mailer’s sixth and final wife passed away, the estate decided to put the Brooklyn Heights pad on the market, listing it for $2.5 million. In July, a hedge fund manager (figures) made an offer on the place and plunked down a $208,750 security deposit . After signing the security deposit, however, things went downhill.
The buyer claims that the Mailer estate has not provided documents showing that the author’s renovations were legal and up to code. The hedge funder has filed suit against both the estate and Corcoran, which listed the apartment, hoping to withdraw from the contract.
The estate, however, claims they have done nothing wrong.
Eric D. Sherman, a lawyer representing the Mailer estate, said in a statement that his client “has complied fully with the terms of the underlying contract of sale and has made no misrepresentations whatsoever.
Code violations aside, the apartment does have a sordid past. Mailer stabbed his second wife, Adele Morales, with a penknife in the home. Maybe the vertigo made him do it?