Since Brandon Stanton launched Humans of New York six years ago, the project has become a giant success.
HONY, which began with Stanton photographing random New Yorkers he stopped on the street, is no longer limited to just the city. Still, those living in the enclave of West Chelsea might want to ensure they’re camera-ready when leaving the house from now on—the photographer-slash-author and his fiancée Erin O’Sullivan just bought a two-bedroom, two-bathroom co-op at 440 West 23rd Street.
The bestselling author paid $2.45 million for his new garden duplex, just a tad over what the sellers, Judith and Brian Matheson, put the co-op on the market back in April for $2.4 million.
His new pad features a double height living room with a wood-burning fireplace, as well as a renovated kitchen and baths. There’s a south-facing garden with a two-level backyard, composed of a stone patio, “mature” plantings and a shed, per the listing shared by Brown Harris Stevens brokers Kristin Hurd and Alex Chang. The listing also notes that there’s a laundry room that can be converted into an additional sleeping area or a study, though perhaps Stanton will transform the space into something more like a studio. Or just somewhere to display all his photos.
Stanton’s street portraits launched a blog and book (it spent 29 weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list), and Stanton’s subjects have expanded to include interviews with the likes of President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. He also took the project international, including a trip in conjunction with the U.N. in which he visited twelve countries including Iraq, Israel, Kenya, and Jordan (among many others) and interviewed subjects there. Now Stanton has a lovely garden duplex to return home to, when he’s not out interviewing world leaders.