When it comes to the townhouse at 51 West 83rd Street, you have to give the Upper West Siders points for their novel approach to NIMBYism. Rather than adopting the “not in my backyard” stance that characterizes so many local disputes, neighbors took the more unusual “not in your backyard” tack, vehemently opposing Mavi Jeans owner Ragip Ersin Akariliar’s plan to install a pool and three-tiered deck behind his house.
So it’s not altogether surprising that even though the Turkish millionaire won the battle, securing landmarks approval for the indoor/outdoor pool, two of the deck’s three stories and glass curtain wall in the back of the house, he decided to abandon his renovation plans and move elsewhere. The house, frozen in the midst of a gut renovation with all approvals in place, hit the market for $7.2 million this March.
Josephina, the Lincoln Center standby, stopped serving its pre-theater dinners in 2011, leaving owner Louis Lanza with only one Upper West Side location—Josie’s West. And now it appears that Mr. Lanza is downsizing his neighborhood housing as well.
Mr. Lanza has sold his penthouse spread at The Fitzgerald for $3.32 million, city records show.
But he’s not moving out just yet. Mr. Lanza owned quite a cut of real estate at 201 West 74th Street—not only the three-unit penthouse combo, but also another, separate unit in the building. Some were passed down to Mr. Lanza by his parents, and some he purchased himself. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with knowing what you like.
Decades ago, a prize was won. Its winners have reveled since in their triumph. In the here and now, though, the victory is revealed to be hollow, and the victors still celebrating it, empty.
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