Red Carpet Real Estate
When Helen Gurley Brown died this Monday, she left behind a legacy of sexual liberation, generations of bereaved Cosmopolitan fans and a four-floor penthouse in one of the Beresford’s Southwest towers.
The fate of the tower apartment, which Brown and husband David Brown bought in the 1970s from director Mike Nichols, remains unknown. But its high place in Brown’s affections was no secret—it ranked right up there with sex, ambition and her husband. When asked by Vanity Fair where she would most like to live, Brown replied:
“Exactly where I am living—the Beresford Apartments, on Central Park West and 81st Street. We have the top four floors of a tower apartment. I’m slightly prejudiced, but I think it’s the best apartment in New York.”
Fun With City Records
Recent notable deals in Manhattan real estate:
“I want to have one of the great investment records of all time, why not?” Bill Ackman, founder of hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management said nonchalantly over breakfast one Saturday in early April.
He had just come from two hours of tennis on Randall’s Island, still in his sweat-stained black nylon warm-up pants, for Read More
In early May, sometime around Mother’s Day, while the rest of New York City flocked to farmers’ markets for the season’s first peonies, real estate nerds and professionals were glued to their computer screens hung up on a certain Corcoran listing which mysteriously changed from “On the Market” to the nebulous “No Longer Available” on Read More
Bob Weinstein has had a bad week. Last Friday, news broke that the independent film godhead and his older brother, Harvey, had hired the bankruptcy expert Miller Buckfire to help restructure the Weinstein Company’s finances. By Monday, the omnipotent Hollywood writer Nikki Finke was wondering aloud if the brothers didn’t have the money to release Read More