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.
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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
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.
Weights and measures
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.
There’s a scandalous new measurement controversy sweeping the NYC beverage world, and this time, we can’t even blame Bloomberg.
According to the weights and measures sticklers over at The New York Post, a number of city bars are shortchanging customers by serving pints in twelve to fourteen ounce glasses, Read More
One of the things I’ve always liked about Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone is that they’ve never lacked an extremely clear vision or the culinary chops to execute that vision clearly.*
At their first restaurant, Torrisi Italian Specialties, they made the case, through seven irresistible courses like fresh gnocchi made from upstate ricotta and da Read More
Master photo retoucher Pascal Dangin might make his living zapping the life-sustaining fat off of models and actresses, but it looks like he’s going to make his fortune in real estate.
Mr. Dangin bought a three-story townhouse in the West Village for $5.8 million in October 2007, right as the housing market was beginning to take a turn for the worse. After a starchitect renovation and a few years waiting for the market to return, he’s now cashing out: Mr. Dangin just sold 281 West Fourth Street to the not-so-staidly-named Crazy Snack 05, LLC for a healthy $9.55 million, according to city records (maybe someone had already snagged 281 West Fourth Street LLC?).
Warby Parker built a business out of selling glasses that are both cool and cheap, but when founder Neil Blumenthal went house hunting with wife Rachel, he selected a Greenwich Village co-op that cost a good deal more than $95. But at least the three-bedroom pad has a provenance that would delight even the most hard-hearted hipster: it belonged to the late Sesame Street script and songwriter Tony Geiss.
The Blumenthals forked over a hefty $3.5 million for the eighth-floor apartment, according to city records — $200,000 above the initial asking price of $3.3 million. That’s a lot of cookies. In the words of everyone’s favorite blue monster: Cowabunga!