Downtown Man

A downtown man—that’s what Billy Joel is. Even if he did just unload a 2,681-square-foot spread at the Hubert, a

A downtown man—that’s what Billy Joel is. Even if he did just unload a 2,681-square-foot spread at the Hubert, a ritzy newish condominium located between Hudson and Greenwich streets in Tribeca, for $4.25 million, according to deed-transfer records.

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In 2004, Mr. Joel dropped $3.9 million on the place. Then, last July, the piano man moved out when he bought a three-story townhouse on Perry Street from artist and heir Seward Johnson for $5.9 million.

To complete the transition from Tribeca to Greenwich Village, Mr. Joel first tried unloading the Tribeca condo last summer for $5 million, listing it with Donna Senko of Sotheby’s International Realty. No bites.

But after a price drop in December, down to $4.5 million, Mr. Joel found a buyer. The deal on the apartment, which has three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, closed in late February.

Other well-heeled tenants at the Hubert include British television producer Michael Davies, who grabbed one of the building’s two maisonette units for slightly over $8 million.

Janice Min Sells Porter House To Bachelor-Broker Futterman

In January, The Observer reported that Us Weekly editor Janice Min and her husband, Peter Sheehy, were moving into a $4 million Soho spread.

But the couple still had to get rid of their sleek apartment in the Porter House, a West 15th Street condominium in the meatpacking district.

Despite celebrity tenants like designer Carlos Miele and actress Molly Shannon over the past few years, it was reported that some unwelcome guests—of the rodent family—had also taken up residence in the chic building.

Regardless, Ms. Min found a very willing buyer, selling the apartment to retail real-estate maven Robert K. Futterman for $3.15 million, according to deed-transfer records.

The three-bedroom, three-bath condo features a Valcucine Chef’s kitchen, Viking appliances and Jatoba wood floors. The building includes a fitness room, private storage room, and full-time superintendent and doorman.

And for Mr. Futterman—who has been divorced for two years—the swank bachelor pad serves as the ideal place to crash when not trekking out to his Greenwich, Conn., house.

“What I liked about it is that it is in the fringe of the meatpacking district,” said Mr. Futterman. “Having an apartment in the city really works out for me. When I’m in the city, I tend to go out to dinner every night.” A few of his favorite nearby restaurants include Morimoto, Buddakan and Mas.

Mr. Futterman already owns a crash pad at the celebrity-filled (and Whole Foods–infested) Chelsea Mercantile building. But he needed a bit more space—especially when his two children, ages 13 and 11, come to visit.

Now, Mr. Futterman’s designer is giving his new 2,271-square-foot space a makeover, helping decide which contemporary artworks will adorn the walls. (An Ed Ruscha painting is a possibility.)

Surprisingly, Mr. Futterman’s interior-decorating proclivities have been on display of late.

Last week, Mr. Futterman graced the cover of The New York Times House and Home section, where he was featured in a piece about recent divorcées gussying up their new places without having a spouse to criticize their tastes. Mr. Futterman is shown playing pool in front of a large photograph of a Chinese man flanked by women in a tub. It “screams independence and bachelorhood,” he told The Times.

Now situated in the Porter House, Mr. Futterman is in prime position to fully embrace that independent bachelor lifestyle, within spitting distance of the velvet-rope-protected nightclubs in the meatpacking district.

Edward Hickey, of Meisel Real Estate, represented the seller. Ms. Min declined to comment.


Two weeks ago, The Observer reported that artist and designer Barry Cord had listed his townhouse for $23.5 million. However, some historical information and architectural details obtained by The Observer, from a shared database used by real-estate brokers, were incorrect.

Built in the 1890’s, Mr. Cord’s East 65th Street townhouse was designed by J. Stewart Barney, a renowned architect and social figure of the era. An ancestor of former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean, the townhouse only changed hands once—from the Kean family to the Cords.

The townhouse is actually three buildings joined together—two townhouses and a carriage house—and the entrance is set in an 80-foot façade. Also, there are almost 18,000 square feet of air rights available—which means that an individual or organization could utilize the property with commercial interests.

Charitable organizations are already quite familiar with the building. The Cords have held fund-raisers in the past for the Beth Israel hospital, Bard College and the Preservation League of New York State.

Now that Mr. Cord’s son is heading off to boarding school, the noted designer and his wife, Karen, plan to relocate into a smaller townhouse.

Roger Erickson, of Sotheby’s International Realty, is the listing broker. Currently traveling abroad, Mr. Erickson could not be reached for comment.

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