It’s Free to Look: 132 East 62nd Street

You may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but it seems perfectly fair to judge an apartment by its books. With a selection of signed copies of Capote, Didion and Mailer, this five-story residence at 132 East 62nd Street is appropriately a sophisticated American treasure with its heyday in the Sixties.

This five-story 1871 mansion, listed by Stribling, was the home for 50 years of Phyllis Cerf, one half of the publishing power couple that brought us Dr. Seuss and Ulysses. Now owned by jewelry designer Suzanne Sheik, the apartment underwent—count `em—two full years of renovation by live-in master craftsmen.

And if dusty hard covers aren't your thing, perhaps you'll be more thrilled to learn that Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Hubert Humphrey have all slept in one of the six immaculately decorated bedrooms. If you want more details, the listing has plenty, but perhaps it suffices to say the price is $15.5 million, plus the burden of history. — Laura Kusisto

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You may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but it seems perfectly fair to judge an apartment by its books.

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