Maybe he just wanted another apartment to decorate? Interior designer and daytime (soon primetime) TV host Nate Berkus loves Greenwich Village—so much so that he’s willing to go through all of the Sturm und Drang of moving, only to find himself a two-minute walk from where he started.
Two weeks ago The Observer broke the news that he had sold his West 9th Street co-op for $4.95 million. And now Mr. Berkus has picked up a $5 million co-op at 39 Fifth Avenue, at 10th Street, according to city records—a Bing & Bing-built, Emery Roth-designed building wedged in between two other tall pre-wars on lower Fifth Avenue.
Paddle8 founder Alexander Gilkes made a name for himself with an online art auction site, but when it comes to buying a home, he doesn’t seem to want much competition: Mr. Gilkes and his new wife, Misha Nonoo, just bought a sprawling, whisper-listed, Greenwich Village co-op.
They picked up the apartment at 23 West 9th Street from interior designer and former talk show host Nate Berkus.
Cookin' Up Trouble
Top Chef’s host Padma Lakshmi served up a protest against NYU’s controversial expansion yesterday.
Nearly a dozen community groups are suing the city for allowing NYU’s $6 billion, 20-year expansion project to move forward. The expansion — which will affect sites such as the La Guardia Corner Gardens and the Mercer-Houston Dog Run — will include constructing four new buildings, adding 1,900 square feet of classrooms, dorms and a gym to the university’s campus.
Randy Lerner has had a rough few years. The (barely) billionaire made a cool $1 billion last year when he sold the Cleveland Browns, which he inherited from his father upon his death in 2002, but his own sports investments have been far less lucrative.
The Rockefellers have left their mark on neighborhoods across Manhattan—from their eponymous Rockefeller Center in Midtown, to Beekman Place on the East Side and the Cloisters in Inwood (and, of course, the Cloiseters’ views of the Palisades across the Hudson). They even ventured as far as Colonial Williamsburg.
And now the youngest generation is staking out its claim to the island: Theodore Spencer, grandson of the late John D. Rockefeller III, just bought a $15 million Greenwich Village co-op—well, two co-ops, actually—along with his wife, Tracy Spencer, according to city records.
It seems like just yesterday that Rosie O’Donnell was buying a duplex in one of the old St. Vincent’s hospital buildings. Indeed, it was a mere nine months ago that the comedian closed on the four-bedroom, three-bath penthouse, paying $8.09 million for the newly-converted condo.
But sometimes real estate, despite the best efforts of all parties involved, simply doesn’t take. Which appears to be the case with Ms. O’Donnell and her perfectly lovely-looking apartment at 130 West 12th Street. After less than a year of ownership, the funny girl has plunked the unit back on the market, asking $10.95 million.
Holy crime stoppers, Batman!
A team of real-life superheroes have increased patrols of New York City following a slew of recent anti-gay hate crimes.
The New York Initiative, a nine-person team of crime fighters, plans to patrol the streets of Greenwich Village three nights a week in light of the May 18 Read More
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Talk about the lost and found.
A Greenwich Village woman was surprised earlier this year when she opened her mailbox to find a hand-written letter from 1944.
“I hardly ever get real letters– maybe once in awhile from my mom or family, so as I was spreading out the pile, I wasn’t expecting much more than LL Read More
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Last night, New Yorkers came together to mourn the death of 32-year-old Mark Carson, a gay man who was shot in the head this weekend in Greenwich Village; the victim of an alleged hate crime. Crowds gathered at the LGBT Center on West 13th and marched to 8th Street and Sixth Avenue, the location of the shooting, where a rally/vigil was held to memorialize Mr. Carson and express the outrage of the city’s denizens.
After watching their townhouse sit on the market for a year without a sale, the owners of 80 Washington Place have decided to take a cue from the previous owner, composer and conductor John Philip Sousa: they’re marching on. They’ve selected a pair of new brokers—Town’s Robert Dvorin and Clayton Orrigo—and cut the ask by a million dollars.
Built in 1839, the 22.5-foot-wide Greenwich Village townhouse has only been owned by only three families over its 175-year life. Its most famous owner, John Philip Sousa, invented the sousaphone and penned marching ballads, including Marine standard “Semper Fidelis” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” and was also a committed technophobe. “These talking machines are going to ruin the artistic development of music in this country,” he testified to Congress in 1906, presaging the rise of Skrillex.