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A Record on 36th Street: Far West Pad Gets Nearly $4M Amid Hudson Yards Optimism

During the last blackout, Mary Lee says, she and some of the other owners of her co-op building at 360 West 36th Street went up to the rooftop. David Byrne, who owned an apartment there at the time, brought his guitar and led the group in song into the wee hours. Ms. Lee, a jewelry designer now in her 70s, bought the co-op with her husband—who passed away recently—some 18 years ago. “The people we bought from were a very interesting couple,” she recalled when we spoke by phone. “One of them had been a manager at Newsweek magazine—the bureau chief in South Vietnam during the war. There were a lot of creative people in the building then. It was a building of independent spirits.”

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