It’s Free to Look: 56 Crosby Street

Come home to the Soho loft where in The Devil Wears Prada Anne Hathaway as awkward journalism grad is humiliated by designer bags, equally designer drinks and strangely wealthy magazine writers. Even as she slinks away in pain, it's hard not to admire the lovely background of exposed brick and hanging bookshelves.

Long before Ms. Hathaway—or believe it or not the perennial Meryl Streep—56 Crosby Street was built in 1882 as a department store amongst warehouses and sweatshops. From the outside, the bland brick façade still looks like a place to buy pantyhose and wooden spoons. But inside, it feels more like perfume and jewelry, with 13-foot ceilings, corinthian columns and a stacked wood fireplace.

This two-bedroom condo sprang from the imagination of a designer power couple, and is also available furnished, the Douglas Elliman listing says, "for those seeking to dwell in design perfection!" At just under $4.5 million, it's a good deal to own nothing less than "the cinematic expression of a modern designer home." — Laura Kusisto

 

Where the devil wore Prada and magazine writers made a living wage…

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