It may be curtains for the Players Club.
After years of fiscal troubles, The Players Club, the storied 125-year-old actors society, might have to put their historic Gramercy Park townhouse on the market. The club is $4 million in debt, and the property owes $250,000 in back taxes. To make matters worse, the townhouse’s façade is dangerously decrepit, and repairs were halted for lack of funds.
Red Carpet Real Estate
Celebrities—they’re just like us! Okay, not really, but some small aspects of their lives are kind of like some small aspects of our lives, even if these small, overlapping aspects of our lives do not usually involve real estate. Unless, of course, it’s the squalid apartment that the celebrity lived before he or she was a celebrity, like William Shatner’s old, ramshackle house in Hastings-on-Hudson. Mostly, these reminiscences have a strong undertone of “can you believe that someone like me lived in someplace like this?”
And we look around at our own sad, squalid apartments and ask ourselves the same question, but we know the answer to that question which is that no one is surprised you live in a place like this and probably never will be.
They don’t look very good right now, but ten Gramercy Park apartments formerly controlled by ex-president Aldon James and his brother John will soon be returning to the market. Relatively soon, that is, following gut renovations that were much-needed after the apartments’ time in the hands of the two hoarders.
Last week, Real Estate Weekly reported that the National Arts Club had finally reached a settlement with the Attorney General’s office allowing it to tidy up the club’s governance, financial controls and the filthy apartments. Today a state appeals court upheld the National Arts Club’s decision to boot the James brothers, the New York Post reported.
Uma Thurman is not Killing Bill these days, she’s killing the co-op market, grabbing a one-bedroom at the Gramercy Park apartment at 1 Lexington Avenue.
Ms. Thurman scooped up the one-bedroom pad on the eighth floor for $1.55 million, according to city records. The unit was not listed publicly.
The duplex penthouse at 57 Irving Place—the last of 9 condos in the building do so— has hit the market for a lofty $18 million.
All of the other units in the Gramercy Park development, including the $18 million triplex townhouse, have already been sold, Curbed reported in March. The duplex penthouse was Read More
Red Carpet Real Estate
Is Jennifer Aniston the latest star headed to Gramercy Park? The actress was seen checking out an $8.7 apartment at 50 Gramercy Park North, the New York Post reported. Ms. Aniston is, of course, no stranger to New York City real estate. This spring she snatched up three units at 299 West 12th Street, curiously purchasing under dog’s name.
Stone Phillips has given up his golden key. The former NBC correspondent and his wife, Debra, have sold their home at 45 Gramercy Park North, officially relinquishing his key to the private and hyper-exclusive Gramercy Park.
Mr. Phillips purchased the home just last year, which had come on the market for the first time since Read More
Although The National Enquirer reported this winter that the engagement was off between Big Bang actor Jim Parsons and his fiancé Todd Allan Spiewak, it looks as though all is well with the couple, whether or not they’re still engaged. Mr. Parsons, who won an Emmy last year, and Mr. Spiewak just purchased an apartment together at 36 Gramercy Park East.
Wanted: Roommate for BRAND NEW PLUSH room in 160-year-old building, completely renovated. Right off Gramercy Park, located near two subway stops (NQR/L/456), tons of bars, farmers’ market, adjacent. Non-smoker/celebrity preferred. NO BIRDS. Price: $100 per square foot.
This Land Is My Land
No one said dealing with Gramercy Park residents would be easy—this is, after all, the neighborhood that’s famous for regulating access to Manhattan’s only private park with the fervor of a drill sergeant at basic training.
But it must have been hard to anticipate the uproar that ensued when a simple liquor license request from restaurateur Read More