It’s Free to Look: 995 Fifth Avenue

The old Stanhope Hotel, home of fictional and nonfictional trysts and tragedies, scarcely needs introduction. But in this case, the current cast of international players may well be more interesting than some tired old tales.

The Corcoran Sunshine listing raves about the "sweeping views of Central Park."  But really, the better view is of Irish beer heiress and next-door neighbor Daphne Guinness' latest black-and-white fashion creation. And while the hotel's lineage as the creation of Rosario Candela may be impressive, what's really exciting is the chance to debate international politics with billionaire oil exec and former Russian senator Leonid Nevzlin when he jets in from Israel.

Of course, the apartment is pretty, too. For $28.5 million, this five-bedroom residence in the converted cond-op at 995 Fifth Avenue commands a full floor, with 10-foot ceilings and a 42-foot living room. And did we mention those views, of the park, MoMA and the George Washington Bridge? —Laura Kusisto

All photos Evan Joseph.

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The Stanhope Hotel, home of fictional and non-fictional trysts and tragedies, scarcely needs introduction.

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