David Salle Draws Blueprints For Huge Home, Studio In Busy, ‘Edgy’ Brooklyn

Artist David Salle was one of the grandfathers of Tribeca, buying a loft there in the early 80’s, transforming it

Artist David Salle was one of the grandfathers of Tribeca, buying

a loft there in the early 80’s, transforming it into an architectural

masterpiece-it has been cited as an early example of the revival of the

mid-century style that now won’t die-and remaining there for almost two


But it seems that Tribeca has

lost its edge where Mr. Salle is concerned, and he’s been planning for several

months to move to Brooklyn by 2003. Earlier this year, Mr. Salle bought two

buildings across the street from the Brooklyn Academy of Music for $700,000. He

intends to combine them in a renovation-which will cost at least as much as the

properties themselves-to create a 10,000-square-foot space that would include a

residence and a studio.

“He still wants to be in a place that’s kind of on the edge,”

said architect David Fratianne, who’s been hired by Mr. Salle to combine 81

Hanson Place, a traditional brownstone with brick on the upper floors, and an

old Masonic Lodge directly behind it.

Aside from the occasion a year ago when a 10-by-15-foot chunk of

the brick façade fell to the street from the fourth floor, 81 Hanson Place is

far from a notable building. (The Department of Buildings looked into that

incident, and since Mr. Salle bought the property, the façade has been

reinforced and scaffolding erected.) Mr. Salle plans to recondition the

brownstone, much of the brick, the copper cornice above the original doorway

and the original stoop.

Mr. Salle’s designer, Christian Hubert, who designed his Tribeca

place, said that 81 Hanson Place was in terrible shape. “We realized it would

have to get totally rebuilt,” said Mr. Hubert. “So the areas of more design and

construction are the areas that are more dilapidated in the existing


On the fourth floor, for instance, where the façade needed to be

entirely rebuilt and recladded, the bricks will be replaced with curvy

stainless steel-which alone will cost $200,000. Inside the building’s upper

floors, Mr. Salle is creating two open-air spaces to be covered in

multi-colored tile and planted with bamboo.

The old Masonic Lodge, the second building Mr. Salle purchased,

has orderly rows of tall windows and a brick façade, studded with masonry

details, that had been well preserved.

The project will begin in January, and the plans are not

completely final, but a set of mechanicals at least gives an idea of what Mr.

Salle has in mind. The plans include multiple living areas, a large dining

area, offices and copious studio space, all in a sleek contemporary vein with

vast walls of wood paneling, built-in cabinetry, soft recessed lighting and an

emphasis on Mr. Salle’s art collection.

North of Boerum Hill and Park Slope, and just south of Fort

Greene, the neighborhood around B.A.M. is bustling. Dancer Mark Morris opened a

dance school and rehearsal space in an abandoned mental-health outpatient

clinic at 3 Lafayette Avenue in September (a grand opening, scheduled for Sept.

12, was rescheduled due to the World Trade Center attack). And B.A.M. itself is

expanding into adjacent properties to add more programming and, in partnership

with other local civic organizations, even to develop subsidized housing.

“I certainly think that David is happy to be part of the cultural

development in that neighborhood, and that that’s an important dimension of

this project,” said Mr. Hubert.

Mr. Salle’s building isn’t scheduled to be finished until late

next year at the earliest, but he’s already been spending most of his time at

his home in Sagaponack, Long Island. His Tribeca duplex apartment has been sold

in two parts: The bottom floor for $995,000 in September 1999, and the top

floor for $1.3 million in October.

 upper west side


West 93rd Street


two-bath co-op.


$695,000. Selling: $675,000.



42 percent tax-deductible.

Time on the market: two months.

BABY ON BOARD What with the playroom, the gym, the bike room and the storage room,

this building on 93rd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues seemed like

the perfect place to settle down with a family. But this particular

1,350-square-foot apartment doesn’t afford a family much room to grow-it’s

reasonably spacious, but it has only two bedrooms. The place worked when the

owners had one kid, but when they decided they wanted another one, they headed

for New Jersey. A very pregnant single woman took the place for herself and her

new baby, who arrived shortly before the sale was final. John Caraccioli of the

Halstead Property Company was the listing broker on the sale.

 upper east side


East 74th Street


one-and-a-half-bath co-op.


$649,000. Selling: $585,000.

Charges: $1,121; 50 percent tax-deductible.


on the market: seven months.


Listing broker Claire Vitale of Bellmarc Realty insists that this

1,150-square-foot penthouse should have been an easy sell. It’s on the 37th

floor and has views out to Queens, nine-and-a-half-foot ceilings, a large

living room with a bay window and a balcony that faces east. But, Ms. Vitale

said, the building’s management had put a new air-conditioning unit on the roof

right above this apartment. The air conditioner leaked, and because the seller

wasn’t living in the apartment at the time, nobody realized what was happening

until the floors and the ceilings were already damaged. “People would walk in

and say the roof leaks, which is not true,” said Ms. Vitale. “The air

conditioner got repaired and the floors and ceiling and walls got fixed, and it

was spectacular again.” In spite of the water damage, a couple signed a

contract to buy the place for $600,000 in early September, but after Sept. 11

they decided it wasn’t such a good idea to move onto the 37th floor. A few

weeks later, a brave young woman with no such qualms signed a contract for


 greenwich village


East 10th Street


one-bath co-op.


$585,000. Selling: $540,000.

Charges: $1,033; 50 percent tax-deductible.


on the market: eight months.

THE SLOW SELL She had lived there for

13 years. It was enough. She needed a change of pace; she wanted to try new

things. She put the apartment on the market and started looking around on the

Upper East Side. They were a couple who both worked in the fashion industry.

They wanted to live downtown, and more specifically they wanted to live in this

building-the Albert on the corner of University Place. It was the first place

they looked at, and they never bothered to look at anything else. The apartment

had been sitting on the market for a while, so they knew they had a bargaining

chip. They offered well below the asking price. What they didn’t know was that

it would take the seller almost four months to get out of the apartment. She’d

signed a contract to sell the 950-square-foot place without having anywhere to

move. The buyers wanted to give up on her and the place and look for something

different, but they didn’t. This building, they felt, was worth the wait.

west village



safe house

In the December-January issue of Interview magazine, Julianne Moore tells friend and fellow actor

Ellen Barkin about her somewhat compulsive system, which she calls her “Lucky

Way,” for staying on top of her game: She tries to replicate the same

schedule-down to hitting the same green lights at the same intersections when

she’s driving to the theater-every day.

It sounds like a side effect of preparing for her role

in 1995’s Safe , in which Ms. Moore’s

character is hyperallergic to life in modern-day California-but who’s judging?

From now on, whenever she’s in New York, the actress is

going to have to factor in a few additional seconds to get to and from her

apartment. On Oct. 10, Ms. Moore bought a three-bedroom, 3,800-square-foot

duplex loft at 345 West 13th Street for $2.65 million. The penthouse is four

floors above the two-bedroom homeMs.

Moorehas ownedsince 1999inthe building, a formerprinting plantabutting

the meatpacking district.That apartment went up for sale for $2.2 million.

“The ceiling height as you walk in is 15 feet,” said

Kathy Matson, the independent broker who sold the penthouse to Ms. Moore and

her partner, The Myth of Fingerprints

director Bart Freundlich.

“And on the second floor it’s close to 11 feet, and it

opens up with glass doors to a deck terrace and the view is incredible: You

used to be able to see the World Trade Center; you face the Hudson.”

The sellers, Terry Ford and Terrence Peck (a telecom

guru who regularly appears on CNNfn), moved to Miami.

Debbie Korb of

Sotheby’s is representing Ms. Moore in the sale of her place; Halstead brokers

Nancy and Robin Horowitz represented her in the sixth-floor deal.

David Salle Draws Blueprints For Huge Home, Studio In Busy, ‘Edgy’ Brooklyn