It has been said in our screen-addled age that video games are the new fiction. Be that as it may, Grand Theft Auto must then be our Moby Dick, which would make Dan Houser modern America’s Herman Melville. Or maybe he’s Dickens—Mr. Houser is British, and his work is equally dour and gritty.
How fitting, then, that the Rockstar Games co-founder is the new owner of an illustrious Brooklyn Heights mansion at 70 Willow Street where Truman Capote, along with some of the borough’s richest men, once lived. The sale, at exactly $12.5 million according to city records, is the most expensive in Brooklyn history, and, by extension, anywhere outside of Manhattan. It surpasses the previous record by a full $1.5 million.
If there was any question that video games had surpassed films, music and books for cultural—to say nothing of economic—primacy, this should bring such debates to an end. In Cold Blood has been dehtroned by Red Dead Redemption.
Big Real Estate
If you’re the kind of person who has a backroom stock’s worth of batteries, flashlights, canned food, and clean water just in case , than Sotheby’s has the perfect home for you! This 195-acre property in the middle of a Saranac state park is being sold to highest bidder by the International Realty arm of the auction house, and it’s an impressive lot. Your own missile silo? Check! A tarmac and airplane hanger on your estate? Check! Two-thousand pound blast doors? Do we even need to answer that?
Philip Durocher has stepped behind Rachel Uchitel‘s velvet rope!
As The Observer reported earlier this month, cleared city records today, and the deed shows that Mr. Durocher, of Warren, N.J., is the proud owner of her redecorated home at The Griffon.
ABC News reportedly paid Meagan Broussard, one of the six women who had illicit electronic contact with Congressman Anthony Weiner, between $10,000 and $15,000 for a cache of photos the two had exchange. In return, she agreed to an interview with legal correspondent and 20/20 anchor Chris Cuomo. That may sound like a lot, Read More
When Eli Broad put his full-floor co-op near the top of the Sherry-Netherland tower on the market for $15 million in September 2008, he was No. 48 on the Forbes Rich List. Two years later, he had fallen to No. 132—a good deal of his fortune was bound up in AIG—while the pied-à-terre of Read More
Mark and Renee Rockefeller know a thing or two about price cuts, having bought the Buckley maisonette at 73 East 73rd Street for $8.75 million in December, though it was once asking three times that amount. The Rockefellers only had to carve a quarter off the original $18.5 million price tag after their townhouse Read More
One week from today will mark the one-year anniversary of the death of legendary social scribe Dominick Dunne. The novelist and journalist whose writing often focused on the travails of the priveleged classes and their frequent tanglings with the law, lived in a one-bedroom penthouse apartment at 155 East 49th Street. Early last December, the Read More
Introducing the latest addition to The Daily Transom–an innocent snoop around properties listed at $3 million and Read More
Afficionados know that Whoopi Goldberg’s parents didn’t name her Whoopi and their last name wasn’t Goldberg. In fact, she was born Caryn Elaine Johnson, and only took her stage name after someone made a petty joke about flatulence. Her double identity proved a very useful disguise when the bawdy comedienne’s Soho loft sold: City records Read More
Harry Potter has a nice new West Village house.
According to city records, a brownstone on West 12th Street that was apparently built 162 years ago by a sea captain, was just sold for $5.65 million to the same limited liability corporation that owns Daniel Radcliffe‘s apartment at Jean Nouvel’s 40 Mercer Street. The 20-year-old Read More