Fashion Designer Gemma Kahng Sells Longtime Co-op in Police Building

The fashion designer has owned the duplex in the former NYPD headquarters since the early 1990s

Those 16-foot ceilings.

Those 16-foot ceilings. Warburg Realty

It’s the end of an era for fashion designer Gemma Kahng.

Fashion designer Gemma Kahng has bid adieu to the Police Building.

Fashion designer Gemma Kahng has bid adieu to the Police Building. Fernando Leon/Getty Images

Kahng, who gained notice in the 1990s when she dressed names like Madonna and Sharon Stone, just sold her duplex co-op at 240 Centre Street. Kahng has owned the two-bedroom, 2.5-bath apartment in the ex-NYPD headquarters building since at least 1993, according to property records.

The unit has been on the market since December 2015, when it was asking $3.2 million. Apparently, people weren’t taking too kindly to the price tag, but the most recent $2.9 million listing surely garnered some attention, as William Hamilton Harris, Jr. doled out just a touch more, taking ownership of the place for $2.91 million.

The 1,400-square-foot co-op is full of all the charm one might expect from one of the apartments in the former NYPD headquarters, like double-height 16-foot ceilings in the foyer, accented by a crystal chandelier, as well as 10-foot east-facing windows throughout and “ornate” mahogany doors.

The kitchen is "recently renovated."

The kitchen is “recently renovated.” Warburg Realty

The renovated open kitchen has breakfast bar seating and stainless steel appliances, countertops, and white subway tile backsplash, while the master suite is entered by way of a glass inset door, with a 10-foot window and a 13-foot-long floor-to-ceiling closet that we hope is filled with all those pantsuits Kahng was associated with in the 1990s.

The second level is reached by a mahogany staircase, and there’s a “coved ceiling” that the listing, held by Warburg broker Herbert Chou, declares is “ideal for a guest room, home office or den.”

For those who missed out on this particular chance to nab a unit in the Police Building, there’s always the utterly ridiculous four-story cupola penthouse in the building, if one happens to have $35 million to spare…

And here's the mahogany staircase.

And here’s the mahogany staircase. Warburg Realty

 

Fashion Designer Gemma Kahng Sells Longtime Co-op in Police Building