Growing up in SoHo in the 1980’s and 90’s with your Spanish duke father and women’s rights activist mother may sound perfectly idyllic, but the occasionally acerbic actress Paz de la Huerta says otherwise in an interview in the New York Times Magazine that was published today. “It was like a circus,” she tells writer Andrew Goldman. “Larry Gagosian lived above us.”
According to Ms. de la Huerta (who is continuing her role as Steve Buscemi’s girlfriend in the next season of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”), the powerful art dealer was something less than an ideal neighbor at 421 West Broadway, across the street from one of legendary dealer Leo Castelli’s SoHo galleries. She continues:
“My mother was trying to raise two baby girls in a quiet atmosphere, while Larry would be having big parties with models, and his hot tub would leak into our apartment. It was the ’80s, you know. My father, who is a true character and had been in the French Foreign Legion, would go up there with a gaucho knife and confront him — ‘Ahhhhh, get your bath fixed!'”
Mr. Gagosian’s passion for indoor pools continued even after he left SoHo. As profiles of the dealer are fond of pointing out, the Upper East Side townhouse that he currently calls home has a private lap pool, one of only a handful that exist in Manhattan.