Last we checked in with Upper East Side developer Solomon Asser and his Tecny Group, they were turning a carved-up, 16-foot-wide apartment building back into a single-family residence. This time, Mr. Asser is going the other way: he recently listed a commercial building that his group bought back in 2011 and has carved up into three residential units.
Mr. Asser paid $3.75 million for the building at 350 East 81st Street, just off First Avenue (“the heart of the Upper East Side,” exaggerates the listing). “The building was in really bad shape because it wasn’t taken care of,” Mr. Asser told The Observer. “A totally dilapidated building. It was turned into some kind of a commercial space at a certain time. The previous ownership just wanted to get out.”
It's all garbage
Something stinks on the Upper East Side.
According to DNAinfo, Upper East Side residents are fed up with the way the Clermont, a luxury apartment building at 444 East 82nd Street, dumps its trash.
Art dealer Otto Naumann has spent decades staring at very old paint in his gallery on East 80th Street (he’s the man to call if you’re in the market for a 17th century Dutch masterpiece), but he was far less enthusiastic about staring at it on the walls of his townhouse on east 78th Street.
Townhouse ownership can be a drag, Mr. Naumann told The Observer when we reached him on the phone this morning. He couldn’t be happier to call a brand new four-bedroom co-op at 333 East 91st Street home.
Way back in 1995, a forensic pathologist took the stand of the O.J. Simpson trial. An expert witness for the defense, Michael Baden suggested that there had been two killers that fateful night, and O.J was ultimately let off. Mr. Baden has unloaded some serious baggage recently, but it isn’t an explanation for his dubious theory. No, in this case it comes in the form of a four-bedroom, four-bath townhouse in Yorkville.
Dr. Baden, who briefly served as New York’s Chief Medical Examiner in the late 1970s, just sold a townhouse at 142 East End Avenue, according to city records. While he got O.J. off scot-free, the good doctor took a hit on the sale. Originally listed last May for $4.1 million, the blood-red brick townhouse just fetched $3.55 million.
Numerous new condo buildings across the city have struggled throughout the recession, though none quite like the Azure on East 91st Street.
There are the typical problems, namely units that came on the market mere days before the collapse of Lehman Brothers and have sat there unsold ever since. But there is also the shadow Read More
The densest census tract in the country is located in West Harlem, where a 1,190-unit former Mitchell-Lama building stands surrounded by numerous tenements (below). The two-block area has, according to the 2000 Census, a density equivalent to 229,713 inhabitants per square mile.
3333 Broadway, between 133rd and 135th Sts., as seen from Google Read More