No matter what hangs on them, sometimes a person just gets tired of looking at the same four walls. This appears to be the case with John Elderfield, the former chief curator of MoMA’s painting and sculpture department who now lends his considerable talents to the Gagosian Gallery. After a decade of ownership, Mr. Elderfield and wife Jeanne Collins, an art publicist, have sold their loft at 129 Duane Street, according to city records.
And what a loft it is! Mr. Elderfield, who enjoyed a youthful foray into architecture, clearly has an eye for good design. Photos of the two-bedroom, two-bath condo show a museum-like expanse of oak floors, recessed lighting, 12-foot ceilings and tastefully arranged art.
The residents of Carnegie Hill are not particularly experienced in protest techniques—they are more likely to walk through throngs of the demonstrators than to walk among them. But a new Toll Brothers development on Park Avenue has inspired angry Upper East Siders to take up the picket.
In a vertical city like New York, simple signs on sticks do not do much good, so neighbors have resorted to a more high-flying technique for their “visual protest” this morning, unfurling homemade banners from one of their buildings that read “Save Our History.”
“We’re all rookies at this, not professional protesters,” said Lucinda Ballard, who lives in 1112 Park Avenue, right next to the two pre-Civil War townhouses that the Philadelphia-based Toll Brothers is almost certainly planning to replace with a tower, but has thus far refused to confirm.
In terms of real estate, the Frick Collection occupies one of New York’s most enviable residences. The museum, housed in Henry Clay Frick’s former mansion at 1 East 70th Street, represents a largely bygone era when New York’s industry titans lived like kings in lordly city estates. Unbeknownst to most, however, the Frick Collection was, until very recently, in possession of another abode: a Park Avenue penthouse.
While the apartment cannot be compared to the Frick’s primary homestead, it is a substantial home nonetheless. The two-bedroom, two-bath penthouse sits atop 1112 Park Avenue, a pre-war co-op at the corner of 90th Street—making it just two blocks from The Guggenheim, it so happens.