Craig Thomas made his fame and fortune writing a television show about a group of friends who live in Manhattan, but to do it, he had to move out to Los Angeles. Now, he’s (probably) moving back: the How I Met Your Mother and American Dad screenwriter has just picked up a Tribeca condo with his wife Rebecca Alson-Milkman, a dancer, for $6.6 million. Read More
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By Stephen Jacob Smith 9/06/13 5:21pm
Eagles bassist and singer Timothy B. Schmit was just given a clean bill of health after a throat and neck cancer scare, and what better way to celebrate than by buying a condo on the Upper West Side? The Schmit Family Trust Dated May 18, 1994 (these lawyers really do have a way with words) just picked up a two-bedroom apartment near Lincoln Square, according to city records. Read More
By Stephen Jacob Smith 9/05/13 5:46pm
We may not be able to agree on a name for the neighborhood—is it Flatbush? or Ditmas Park? or Prospect Park South?—but at $2 million, the house at 114 Westminster Road is definitely a record for a single-lot Victorian home in whatever you choose to call it. (A house at 145 Argyle Road around the corner sold for $20,000 more last year, but it included an adjacent vacant full-sized lot.) Read More
By Stephen Jacob Smith 9/04/13 3:37pm
New York City superbroker Dolly Lenz not only lost the backing of one of the city’s most powerful brokerages when she decided to go it alone, but also some of her star-studded listings. Former NFL coach and insanely popular video game franchise namesake John Madden‘s co-op at the Dakota, was just sold, according to city records—but the broker was Elliman’s Katherine Gauthier, not Ms. Lenz, who once had the listing.
The two-bedroom, 2.5-bath residence has been on the market for two and a half years, with an initial ask of $4.9 million, later dropped to $4.4 million. It eventually sold for $3.9 million, with the sale closing during the middle of the August doldrums. Read More
By Stephen Jacob Smith 9/03/13 2:48pm
“Flip that money, make it do a handstand,” rapped Nicki Minaj in her 2009 mixtape. She was talking about flipping grams of cocaine, not real estate, but the George Simone Trust is hoping for similarly acrobatic feats at an apartment in Dumbo’s Clocktower Building that they’re trying to offload after less than a year of ownership. Read More
By Stephen Jacob Smith 8/29/13 12:55pm
From Barclays Center to Hudson Yards, Kingdom Tower in Jeddah to the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, structural engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti has worked on some of the world’s (and New York’s) most iconic projects. But when chief executive officer Thomas Z. Scarangello and his wife Roxanne Donovan (a real estate PR maven, head of Great Ink, who was once described in these pink pages as “like a younger, sexier Howard Rubenstein”) were looking to upgrade to a large apartment, they went with something more traditional: Philip House. (Fred Peters and Judy Thorn at Warburg were their brokers.)
The condo conversion at 141 East 88th Street took a classical building on Lexington between 88th and 89th and turned it into a condo building for the modern age, with developer Cheshire Group buying out the rent stabilized tenants and gradually converting it into a rare prewar slice of the Upper East Side that you can buy into without subjecting yourself to the vagaries of an intrusive co-op board. Read More
By Stephen Jacob Smith 8/29/13 6:00am
Normally when you’re the scion of multi-billion-dollar global fashion enterprise like Ralph Lauren, you buy your luxury Manhattan real estate real estate under an LLC, so that the prying eyes of The Observer can’t write it up. But then again, if you’ve got a WASP-y image to uphold (and let’s face it, who needs that more than someone whose father was born with the name Ralph Lifshitz?), an Upper East Side co-op is the only way to go—and they don’t let you hide behind a shell corp.
Thus we came across Dylan Lauren and husband (as of 2011) Paul Arrouet’s names in city property records late yesterday afternoon, proud new owners of a 10th-floor co-op at 125 East 72nd Street. Read More
By Stephen Jacob Smith 8/28/13 1:38pm
Maybe he just wanted another apartment to decorate? Interior designer and daytime (soon primetime) TV host Nate Berkus loves Greenwich Village—so much so that he’s willing to go through all of the Sturm und Drang of moving, only to find himself a two-minute walk from where he started.
Two weeks ago The Observer broke the news that he had sold his West 9th Street co-op for $4.95 million. And now Mr. Berkus has picked up a $5 million co-op at 39 Fifth Avenue, at 10th Street, according to city records—a Bing & Bing-built, Emery Roth-designed building wedged in between two other tall pre-wars on lower Fifth Avenue. Read More
By Stephen Jacob Smith 8/26/13 1:55pm
Google Ideas Director Jared Cohen once gave a speech titled “Don’t pursue ideas with obvious conclusions.”
The obvious conclusion might be that the 32-year-old Mr. Cohen and his wife, Rebecca Zubaty, would buy a home in a hip downtown neighborhood like Tribeca or the East Village. Read More