“After the movie’s over, she will be here answering your questions,” spluttered entertainment troublemaker Perez Hilton to an “animated” (read: gay) audience at the Crosby Hotel’s theater last Sunday. Shindigger and others had gathered for a sneak peak at Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, featuring the bawdy Broadway legend, back in Manhattan two years after allegedly retiring to sedate Birmingham, Mich., the town of her youth. Read More
It may be curtains for Hal Prince at 48 East 74th Street, but the Broadway legend has had a very good run at the Upper East Side townhouse: Mr. Prince just sold his six-story neo-Georgian manse for a show-stopping $19.1 million, an impressive turn considering that he and wife Judith paid $12.5 million for the house back in 2009.
But then again, Mr. Prince did invest in acres of velvety red carpeting (the kind that’s ideal for muffling usher’s footfalls), chintz and cheetah-print fabric to jazz up what had been a rather sedate modern design. The result was, to say the least, theatrical. And while it might not have been to everyone’s taste, it did have something for everyone. Except, that is, minimalists.
And… scene! The eclectically-decorated townhouse of Broadway legend Hal Prince may not suit all tastes—although with zigzags, polka dots, stripes, cheetah print, florals, blood red carpet and even what appears to be some interior astroturf, the home certainly has something for everyone—but it has won the heart of a buyer.
The Georgian-style townhouse at 48 East 74th, which was more recently asking $19.95 million, is in contract, The Observer has learned. For how much, we cannot say, as Brown Harris Stevens broker Paula Del Nunzio would not divulge any details when we called her for comment. But if Mr. Prince even gets close to his ask, he will have a success on the level of one of his Broadway smash hits (among them Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story) given that he paid a mere $12.5 million for the place when he bought it back in 2009. (Only in Manhattan could $12.5 million be preceded by a mere.)
“If Jefferson or Jesus were well-heeled New Yorkers and could get past the classy co-op board, they would live in 834 Fifth Avenue.” So The Observer once wrote of the top building in New York.
Still, even dignitaries and deities have their limits. A year and a half ago, Tony-est Broadway producer ever Hal Read More
Just a couple of weeks after the price was chopped from $60 million to $34 million, Leslie and Abigail Wexner’s coveted co-op at 834 Fifth Avenue has sold.
Multiple sources confirm that the storied fifth- and sixth-floor duplex has found a mystery buyer. One source said it was a direct deal.
The Limited Brands tycoon, who owns Victoria Secret amongst numerous other assets, quietly Read More
If an Upper East Side real estate broker tells you in her nice North Carolina drawl that one of her new listings is “a dreamy apartment,” that she “wouldn’t change a hair” and that it’s got a “beautiful terrace overlooking the park, you look down and watch the polar bears play, it’s just heavenly—heavenly,” it’s Read More