Chicago, it’s really over. Sure, Ira Glass left a few years ago. Sure, he packed up the entire This American Life crew, said that he was never coming back, but all that time, he couldn’t seem to settle down in any of the New York neighborhoods. And sometimes he even talked about how much he missed you, how he used to be able to get in a car and be anywhere in Chicago in 20 minutes. But now he’s gone and bought a condo at 159 West 24th Street!
Red Carpet Real Estate
J. Crew CEO Millard “Mickey” Drexler will soon be getting even more closet space. And thank goodness, with the summer season here and a fresh new crop of seersucker suits and artfully-wrinkled linen shirts!
Mr. Drexler has won the bidding war for 140 Franklin Street, beating out the other buyers to sign a contract that exceeds the $13.5 million ask, according to the New York Post.
The five-bedroom, full-floor “mansion in the sky” will join the rest of the J.Crew chief’s collection, which includes a both a 5.6-acre oceanfront estate on Long Island and the country’s oldest working cattle farm in Montauk, according to the Post. The Bronx-born Drexler does not, at least under his own name, own any other properties in the city, according to city records. Read More
Thanks to the Facebook IPO, one lucky early investor may finally be able to buy that $50 million Tribeca townhouse he always wanted.
A West Coast-based Facebook insider has flown to New York twice to look at 144 Duane Street, the massive $49.5 million property listed with Prudential Douglas Elliman brokers Matthew Gulker Read More
Even when she’s selling her sprawling Midtown penthouse for $7.75 million, Oprah Winfrey manages to spread hope and joy. She even made a little profit in the process, having bought the penthouse for $7.1 million in 2008. How does she do it?
When we heard that Ms. Winfrey’s Place 57 condo on East 57th Street sold to hedge fund partner Mark Hillery (as reported by The Real Deal earlier this week), we thought that naturally Mr. Hillery would be happy. He got the high-ceilinged, big-windowed pad, listed with Corcoran broker Mark Schoenfeld, for a few hundred thousand under the $7.9 million ask. Read More
Sometimes you have to say goodbye— relationships fail, love fades, and it comes time to leave the pair of West Village condos that you thought you’d be with forever.
Our favorite Friend Jennifer Aniston has sold her pair of apartments at 299 W. 12th Street for $6.5 million, the New York Post reports. And apparently she was somewhat desperate to be rid of them, letting them go at a $500,000 loss. Read More
Is Tommy Hilfiger looking to ditch his pad at the Plaza for a place in the soaring One57 tower?
The Plaza seems more inline with the fashion icon’s tastes than the sleek new residential tower, but The New York Post reports that Mr. Hilfiger was spotted in the development’s sales office. Read More
There has been a few rumbles in the East Village over Friends’ superstar David Schwimmer.
Mr. Schwimmer knocked down a historic building last year to build his dream mansion, ignoring several Landmarks Preservation Commission letters and annoying neighbors.
The conflict intensified as one passerby was innocently struck with a piece of debris, DNAInfo reports: Read More
Depeche Mode founder Vince Clarke, a.k.a. Vincent Martin and his wife Tracy Hurley Martin will be enjoying a “new life” in Park Slope after purchasing the townhouse of J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons, according to Fucked in Park Slope. Read More
J.Crew is known for its upscale but largely affordable clothes, but when it comes to some items—like president and creative director Jenna Lyons’ Park Slope townhouse—people are apparently willing to pay above retail.
The fashion guru’s 7 bed, 3.5 bath, 4,400 square foot townhouse sold for $4 million to Vincent and Tracy Martin, according to Curbed — 7 percent more than the $3.75 million that Ms. Lyons listed the property for last November. Read More