Skyloft Penthouse Back on the Market, Asking Sky-High $48 M.

  • Do you hate exterior walls? Would you prefer high-performance glass instead? Do you have $48 million to spare? Then you’re in luck because the skyloft penthouse is back on the market!

    The 7,493-square foot duplex penthouse at 145 Hudson Street is the perfect home for scofflaws who hate the idea of laying low. Not only is the penthouse’s size in violation of landmarks regulations (it had to be partially torn down to fit a smaller footprint, although it still managed to get 7 more feet of airspace than it should hvae), but it is currently owned by ex-con William Duker. Mr. Duker, who pleaded guilty in 1997 to defrauding the FDIC, paid $30 million for the property in 2008 (a downtown record at the time).

    Also, a price jump of $18 million in just 4 years seems a little criminal to us (especially after it spent a month on the market at $45 million last year. But if Corcoran brokers Darren Kearns and Davina Rosenbaum actually manage to sell the four-bedroom pad for $48 million, it would blow Superior Ink’s $31.5 million downtown record out of the water.

    Why brag about the Park views you have from one of your many windows when you can have an apartment that is essentially all windows and offers 360-degree panoramic views? There are “museum-quality polished concrete” and teak floors (just like the “museum quality” glass!). Who knew that museum quality could be applied to building materials in addition to housewears and objects d’art?

    But you know what? The apartment does kind of look like a museum? We can definitely see the huge, durable balconies accommodating large, camera-clutching crowds, or catering crews working in the impersonal, open-plan kitchen. The hot tub and “private outdoor shower” do give the condo something of a more intimate feel… if your idea of intimate is standing naked on a Tribeca terrace.

    kvelsey@observer.com

  • The rule-breaking exterior of the penthouse.

  • Computer rendering or photo? It's hard to tell.

  • The floors are "museum quality." And it feels like a museum, too.

  • Those look like paintings, but we bet they're actually really fancy flat-screens.

  • Oh that? It's just my pool table room.

  • Here's where all the caterers will work during the museum fundraiser.

  • Beds are so horribly common. Isn't a lounger/divan/banquette better?

  • One of the two swirly staircases in the apartment.

  • You can see everything.

  • Don't worry about the planters getting damaged. They look like they'd do fine in the middle of Times Square.

  • Room can definitely fit a king bed.

  • This is the indoor shower, but it kind of feels like an outdoor shower. Right?