Ever since reclusive copper heiress Huguette Clark bought the 51.7-acre New Canaan estate “Le Beau Chateau” in 1951, the property has sat empty, save for a caretaker who lived in a small, separate residence. Ms. Clark, who died two weeks shy of her 105th birthday in 2011, setting off a bitter battle over who would inherit her $300 million estate, never even spent a night in the house, let alone moved in. Moreover, no one has been particularly eager to snatch the property up, at least not for the $34 million it tried for when it first hit the market nine years ago. Now, however, Le Beau Chateau may finally getting some new occupants—broker Barbara Cleary told the New Canaan News that a buyer has signed a contract to buy the estate, which was last asking $15.9 million.
riding the storm out
When Chloe Sevigny moved to the East Village in the early 90s, it was still an edgy, bohemian enclave with affordable rents and gritty sensibilities—an area befitting a young actress who made her film debut with the NC-17 Kids, then followed it up with semi and not-so-semi-risque roles in films like The Brown Bunny, American Psycho and Lovelace. Still, the actress has told reporters that she chose her most recent East Village home, which she sold over the summer for $1.76 million, in part because it reminded her of the distinctly un-gritty Darien, Connecticut, where she grew up. And if her latest real estate maneuver is any indication, Ms. Sevigny has preserved her childhood sensibilities. She’s just spent $2.05 million for a three-bedroom Park Slope co-op at 9 Prospect Park West, according to city records.
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30
[5:59 p.m.] Highlights from Mayor Bloomberg’s presser:
- “Coney Island Hospital is being evacuated.”
- City parks are closed Read More
We hope you made use of the public transportation available before 7 p.m. Sunday and are not reading this from Zone A, which as NYC.gov tells us, should be empty now. Evacuation orders have reached across the waters as well, affecting New Jersey and Connecticut.
The City of Hoboken wants everyone out of “all ground floor apartments” by midnight Sunday night. They urge residents on upper floors to offer street-level neighbors lodging. Hoboken shelters will allow pets as well, as long as they are safely crated.
The mayor of Stamford Connecticut also ordered mandatory evacuations for some residents there on Sunday. Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia’s evacuation order also targeted street-level residents. The mayor said, “Due to expected high tides, unprecedented storm surges, and heavy rains, I am advising anyone that lives in a low-lying area or along river flood plain areas, to relocate to higher ground.”
There comes a time in many TV personality’s lives when the hustle and bustle of the city ceases to charm and Connecticut’s countryside beckons.
Fox & Friends’ weekend co-host Alisyn Camerota and husband Timothy Lewis are the latest to heed the siren call of the upscale suburbs, trading in their two-bedroom, two-bathroom co-op on the Upper West Side for a massive, shingle-style abode in Westport, Conn.
Turn and Face the Strange
After a failed U.S. Senate and gubernatorial campaign, it would appear Connecticut’s perpetual political challenger Ned Lamont has finally decided to stop courting the voters of the Nutmeg state.
Instead of hitting the campaign trail for a third time, it would seem that Mr. Lamont has focused his sights on the many charms of Manhattan, where he and wife Ann Huntress Lamont have snapped up a $4.6 million condo at 301 West 57th Street, according to city records.
We know, it’s surreal and bizarre. But there you go: the fact remains that a Connecticut state trooper and motorist reported a U.F.O. in Litchfield, Connecticut Wednesday night. The story was even picked up by the staid and decidedly non-U.F.O. friendly Associated Press. The following mysterious event remains unexplained as of late Thursday:
The Suburban Report, 2011
The Yankee Pedlar Inn is a real hotel in Torrington, Conn., that is rumored to be haunted. The Innkeepers, a desultory indie-prod poorly written and lamely directed by Ti West, and filmed on the cheap at the actual location, is a poor-man’s rip-off of Stanley Kubrick’s hotel spookfest, The Shining, promising paranormal horrors to all who dare to enter. Where is Jack Nicholson when we need him?
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy wasted little time in locking in four of the five companies he promised would bring the state more jobs under his so-called “First Five” plan, an initiative launched this year with the intention of luring new companies to the Constitution State with incentives.
This past Saturday, Rich Hilfiger stood across the street from FAO Schwarz smoking an American Spirit as he texted on a white iPhone. He wore camo pants, a Rolex, combat boots and a black tank top from a ZZ Top tour that took place in 1990 (the year he was born), which barely covered his Read More