Journalism has never been the most remunerative field, but Stephen Schiff figured out a way to make it work for him: write a Hollywood screenplay. Lolita and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps may not have been the most critically-acclaimed films of all time, but they seem to have done well enough for the former New Yorker journalist—he just sold his four-bedroom Hell’s Kitchen pad for $1.9 million.
The co-op apartment (which advertises “very low” maintenance of just $2,100 a month) at 325 West 52nd Street is fairly spacious, with three bedrooms on the entry level and another one down below. (It sits at the bottom of the building, though, so the new buyer may not be able to pull a Winnie Gekko and walk around the apartment with her pants off while blogging.)
As the summer rolls on, the collective consciousness of New York once again moves to its beach-filled brother, the Hamptons. Amongst the mansions and the mega-mansions, it’s not just the number of visitors that’s booming—the Hamptons Real Estate market is back.
Even if values still can’t compare to their dizzying pre-2008 heights, buyers are Read More
How you go about finding housing in a city desperate for it depends on your means. Howcast co-founder Jason Liebman approached the problem by making a small fortune online, then picking up a Soho loft for a cool $6.5 million, according to city records.
The young tech millionaire (or at least, he was before he bought the apartment—he had to pay more than $1.5 million up front, with the rest covered by a mortgage) made his money with a dot-com-esque instructional video website. If you’ve scoured the web for bite-sized videos on how to understand schizophrenia, or how to gamble at casinos, or how to play African drums, you may have sent a few pennies Mr. Liebman’s way.
On a family trip to Miami when Pamela Liebman was 4, what interested her the most were not the white sand beaches or the clear blue water, but the buildings. “What are those?” asked the future chief executive of the Corcoran Group, Manhattan’s top real estate brokerage firm.
“That’s a condominium,” her mother replied. She said she spent the rest of the trip rolling the word “condominium” off her tongue.
“I think I was predestined to go into real estate,” she said. Years later, when visiting her realtor aunt in Beverly Hills, she said the interest still hadn’t flagged. All the other kids wanted to swim the pool. “I just wanted to go look at the houses,” she said.
Here Come the Stories of the Hurricane
Notifications of more cancellations for open houses on Sunday have trickled in as brokers seem to be facing the logistical reality that a city in total shut-down mode will not be able to utilize various mediums of conveyance—or cabs for that matter—to get to showings around the five boroughs.
Earlier today Curbed reported soccer superstar Thierry Henry’s tremendous $9 million penthouse purchase at 39 Crosby Street; however, city records reveal that the Red Bulls’ striker isn’t the only fast-footed World Cup alum to likely start spending more time in downtown Manhattan.
Russian supermodel Irina Shayk (listed on the deed with her Read More
The Devil’s Casino scribe and Vanity Fair staple Vicky Ward is trying to sell the townhouse she owns with now ex-husband Matthew Doull, and it looks like the Bleecker Street abode may have become the Devil’s den since the couple–who currently have restraining orders against each other–are now offering the four-story for Read More
NYC’s Wine & Food Festival is aiming this year to “Celebrate the charm of the Meatpacking District,” which we’re not quite sure it has, and promised that a new event to be held there over Columbus Day weekend will crown New York’s “Sandwich King.”
All told, 40 of the events in the annual chowdown’s four-day Read More
In early May, sometime around Mother’s Day, while the rest of New York City flocked to farmers’ markets for the season’s first peonies, real estate nerds and professionals were glued to their computer screens hung up on a certain Corcoran listing which mysteriously changed from “On the Market” to the nebulous “No Longer Available” on Read More
In a 1994 Friends episode, Monica, Rachel and Phoebe, in their realistically rent-controlled, balconied Village apartment, receive G. Stephanopoulos‘ pizza order—mushroom, green pepper and onion—instead of their own low-fat crust, lots of cheese. Monica eagerly asks the frightened delivery boy if the mistaken orderer from across the street is a “small Mediterranean guy with curiously Read More