Welcome to the latest installment of our ongoing interview series, Meet the Neighbors! Mary Beth Flynn is one of Brown Harris Steven’s premier brokers, making the Top 10 list back in 2007. She has brokered deals all across the city, as well as in Boston, where she worked as a commercial and residential real estate executive before arriving on our fair shores. When she’s not closing deals or whizzing about town, Flynn enjoys donating her time and energy to local charities.
Where do you live?
I live at 515 East 72nd because I fell in love with the lobby, the private garden, the pool and the gym. It feels like I am living in a hotel. I have a three bedroom and my kids love it. I never thought I would live this far east but it feels very tucked away because its on a cul-de-sac. I love the neighborhood with its river views, the park, and my garage is right here. I like to go to Sotheby’s and walk around or have coffee on their terrace.
How is work these days? What is your latest deal?
My partner, Russell Miller and I are always busy — its nonstop. We have two deals closing on Park Avenue, one closed up in Harlem, a contract signed on Central Park West and tomorrow Russell is in Brooklyn showing houses all day. I couldn’t do it without him.
What was the best meal you’ve ever eaten in New York?
Mary’s Fish Camp in the Village or Bouley.
What was your first apartment like?
My first apartment in New York was a four-room apartment in a carriage house on Park Avenue for $1500.
What is your recession war story?
All my closings were scheduled for the fall and every single one fell through. Every one.
How do you get around town?
I get around with Russell on his scooter which is my favorite way. I walk whenever I can. Some days I would resort to riding a camel when I cannot find a cab.
What is your favorite building in the city and why?
I love 1 Central Park West because of the views, the location and because it is very discreet. I love 998 Fifth Avenue because of the architecture and rooms and views of the Met. And I love 15 Union Square West for the design, the room size and windows.
If you weren’t a broker, what would you be?
I would be a photographer.
What is your dream home?
A small house by the ocean with lots and lots of gardens.
You just won the lottery. What store do you stop by and what do you buy?
I would go to Cassini and buy all their furniture.
If there was one thing you could change about New York, what would it be?
I’d ban cell phones on the bus which is why I rarely take them anymore.