The Jersey-born artist Daniel Colen once collaborated with his friend and frequent creative accomplice Dash Snow on an installation called “Hamster’s Nest,” which showed at the Deitch Projects. Inspired by “trashing hotel rooms while naked, high on coke, Ecstasy, or mushrooms,” according to a 2010 profile in Black Book, the piece required 30 nude volunteers and 2,000 shredded phone books. Sober now and with showings in the Whitney, and the Gagosian and Saatchi galleries to his name, Mr. Colen has adopted mellower habits of late. Now he has a pad to match: the former wild child just paid $2.6 million for a four-bedroom duplex condo in a townhouse at 71 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights, according to city records. Read More
The 21-story co-op building at 1080 Fifth Avenue once had over 70 units, Stribling broker Marcy Pedas Sigler recently told The Observer. Today, due to combinations, it has a mere 45, one of which—the entire ninth floor—recently sold for $15 million, according to city records.
“This building has coveted views,” Ms. Sigler, who herself lives on the 16th floor, said. “It’s where you come if you want to see the sun, moon and stars. The astronaut Scott Carpenter used to say these were the best views he’d ever seen. And he’d orbited the earth several times.” In her apartment at 1080 Fifth, Ms. Sigler introduced Mr. Carpenter, who died earlier this month, to his fourth wife Patty Barrett Carpenter, who had been a client. Though she was not responsible for the matchmaking involved in the ninth-floor unit, which was not listed publicly. Read More
The four-story townhouse at 150 East End Avenue has a dramatic past, which is not to say that it has been the site of undue drama. Once the home of 20th century stars of stage and screen Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt (both members of the married pair were honored with Emmy and Tony awards; Mr. Lunt also received an Oscar), the 2,520 square-foot property has belonged to the Lincoln Center Theater’s longtime artistic director Andre Bishop since 2008.
Alas, Mr. Bishop, who acquired the home for roughly $4.1 million, has decided to pass it off to somewhat less colorful buyers, city records show—for the price of $4.5 million. Read More
If there remain any lingering doubts about Bedford-Stuyvesant’s ability to attract bold-faced and beautiful to its once-menacing blocks, the migration of Scandinavian models to the neighborhood ought to lay them to rest. City records show that Swedish supermodel Sara Blomqvist shelled out $1.2 million for a Bed-Stuy townhouse.
Ms. Blomqvist, who made her first magazine cover appearance at age 18 for the fall 2007 issue of Plastique—and who has subsequently been the face of Dolce and Gabbana and Missoni—is due to wed the British model Jeremy Young, and given the nature of the couple’s new digs, we suspect they may be planning to expand their family soon. Read More
It seems somehow fitting that the Japanese-born conceptual artist Arakawa, who once outfitted a Long Island house with “level changes meant to induce the sensation of being in two places at once; windows that seemed too high or too low… and an absence of doors”—according to his obituary in The New York Times—kept a home with an elevator shaft containing a non-working elevator. That domicile, a six-story townhouse located at 124 West Houston Street, has just hit the market for the first time since 1967.
The asking price, however, is very 2013—Warburg Realty’s Gordon Roberts and Eastern Consolidated hope that the property can fetch $22.5 million. Read More
You have to hand it to the Atelier—the silvery tower at 635 West 42nd Street might lack the old-world elegance of 15 Central Park West, the prestige of 740 Park or the stratospheric closing prices of Superior Ink, but it’s certainly determined to play in the same league as the city’s most sought-after addresses.
Despite a building sales record that tops out at $2.11 million, the condo tower is once again trying to lure the city’s mythical hordes of trophy hunters, this time with a $25 million triplex spanning the 24th, 25th and 26th floors. Which may seem like a steal compared to the $85 million ten bedroom on the 45th floor, but is still twelve times what anyone else has paid for a unit in the building. Read More
The Observer has had visions—visions opulent and terrifying, and terrifying in their opulence. On Wednesday night, as a chilly drizzle began to fall, we descended on—or rather, ascended in—212 West 18th Street, the one-time home of the New York Telephone Company, which has been lately re-imagined as an art deco sheath for 47 luxury condominiums.
Named for Ralph Walker, its much celebrated architect, Walker Tower will soon open its doors to residents, having sold all but four units—one of which is the would-be downtown record-breaker Penthouse 1, priced at $55 million. (For the budget-conscious, there remains one condo available for $8.25 million.) Read More
When Bob Kissane—president of the fund development and strategic consulting firm Community Counseling Services—acquired a $2.1 million 9th-floor co-op at 336 Central Park West in 2004, he seems to have felt less than satisfied. Read More
When Colette Whitney sets to work, it is generally to improve upon the unfortunate—or at least unsalable—tastes of her clients. A home designer and stager of interiors by trade, Ms. Whitney, the proprietress of an advisory firm that bears her name, is “trusted by top realtors” to swiftly move “hard-to-sell”—read: unattractive—properties without imposing onerous investments on sellers, according to The Franklin Report. So when it came time to prepare her keyed-elevator loft in the co-op building at 537 Broadway for market, we can only imagine that she knew just what to do. Read More
Despite the seemingly endless appetite for trophy properties on the Park, the red-brick castle at 249 Central Park West could not fetch the kingly sum of $30 million. The fanciful property—one of nine brick and brownstone homes erected between 84th and 85th streets in the late 19th century by William Noble, a zealous builder whom The Real Estate Record and Builder’s Guide once deemed one of “the particularly bright stars of the coterie of men who have done so much to improve and enrich our city”— just sold for $17.5 million, according to city records.
Then again, the 10,000 square-foot townhouse was a very high-end version of a handy-man’s special. Read More