When we saw that Nightline co-host Cynthia McFadden had sold her three-bedroom co-op at 129 East 69th Street last week, we wondered where she would be moving. Like the 11:35 p.m. time slot on ABC, a pre-war co-op in a white glove Lenox Hill building is prime real estate.
The answer is Carnegie Hill (and, if you’re watching ABC, it’s 12:35 a.m.). The famed journalist tells The Observer that she and her teenaged son are upgrading to a four-story brownstone on the Upper East Side neighborhood.
It seems only fitting that Nightline co-host Cynthia McFadden would embrace the show’s move to a new time slot with one of her own—the ABC news maven has sold the three-bedroom, two bath co-op at 129 East 69th Street where she has lived since 2004.
That’s solidarity! But Ms. McFadden always was irreproachably committed to her career.
Amassing and connecting a melange of co-op apartments scattered about a coal baron’s Fifth Avenue mansion was an outlandish dream, even for Howard Ronson, the commercial real estate developer who kicked off the buying spree at 828 Fifth Avenue, also known as the Berwind mansion, before his death in 2007.
His heirs tried to carry on, but they could never quite replicate their patriarch’s acquisitive charms. With four of the nine apartments in hand, they stopped far short of Ronson’s goal of total building domination. Nor could they (or would they) sell the spread, at least not for $72 million. After putting the apartment on the market in May, in a bid to catch one of the many over-eager trophy hunters said to be sniffing around New York, the family pulled the property just a few months later.
Florence Swinsky is going to need a fleet of moving vans. Ms. Swinsky, the widow of Tony-award winning Broadway producer Morton Swinsky who was behind major productions including Jersey Boys, The Addams Family, Chicago and Spamalot, has just sold the apartment she shared with her late husband at 33 East 70th Street. Literally every inch of their apartment is filled with works of art, large and small.
‘Twas a couple of nights before Christmas, and while the children were hanging their stockings by the chimney with care, all was not peaceful in the luxury market.
At 875 Park Avenue, a six-bedroom, six-bathroom co-op with 75 feet of frontage and a private elevator became the latest in a string of disappointing uber sales. Read More
On April Fool’s Day, Corcoran power broker and Rolls Royce rider Sharon Baum listed the late Jerry and Emily Spiegel‘s art-studded, full-floor abode at 2 East 88th Street for $17.5 million. But Ms. Baum is nobody’s fool: According to the Web site Streeteasy, 13 days after going on the market, the Read More
Back in February 2008, when the doyenne real estate broker Sharon Baum announced that she’d no longer be driving a hunter green Rolls-Royce Silver Spur–upholstered in camel-colored leather, and blessed with her famous “SOLD 1″ custom license plate–it was an early sign that the Upper East Side’s long era of sparkly glitz was ending. Read More
When brokers from the most posh Manhattan brokerages filed into a penthouse at 133 East 64th Street for a secret meeting earlier this month, the fact that the place had been seized two weeks earlier by U.S. marshals from contemporary America’s greatest financial villain was not the only thing on their minds.
What must have Read More
If the diamond-brooched Upper East Side brokers all give up their chauffeured Rolls-Royces for scooters, is it a sign that the Manhattan real estate apocalypse really is nigh?
Corcoran senior vice president Sharon Baum, who briefly dated Michael Bloomberg after graduating from Harvard Business School in 1965, has been chauffeured to and from her Read More
It seemed improbable that there would ever be a better tidbit about Sharon E. Baum, Corcoran Group senior vice president, than the one in Steven Gaines’ book The Sky’s the Limit recounting that she kept a bottle of Grey Poupon in her "chauffeur-driven, butter-colored Bentley."
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