Celebrity Real Estate

15 Park Row


Manhattan skyline 1902 – Park Row building at center

by Alon Gibely Jex

15 Park Row! For those of you unfamiliar with this building I need to ask where you’ve been for the past 118 years??? That’s right, completed in 1899, for more than a century 15 Park Row has been an integral part of New York City’s skyline and today it’s still going strong! While presently its impressive twenty-nine stories may seem less so with the proximity to the Financial District and its mammoth skyscrapers, but for nine years after the completion of The Park Row Building (as it was known then) it was the tallest building in the world! That’s right, not just in the Financial District, or Tribeca (neither terms being applicable at the time of course), or Lower Manhattan, or the entire island of Manhattan, or the entire City of New York, or the… well you see where this is going.

Sadly, in 1908 the completed construction of the nearby Singer Building, at 47 stories, took the title of the world’s tallest. If you’re looking for the Singer Building these days though you won’t find it, as it was demolished in 1968 (take that Singer Building!), and these days that space is occupied by One Liberty Plaza.

In the early twentieth century 15 Park Row occupied a portion of Park Row that was then known as Newspaper Row, it being the center of the New York City newspaper industry at the time, and the building even housed one of the first offices of the Associated Press. Other notable tenants over the years include the headquarters of the IRT (Interborough Rapid Transit), the original operator of the New York City subway system, as well as most recently the offices and retail space of J&R Music World, the famed New York City music and electronics retailer.

These days the building has been converted to a luxury residential building. In 2001 the top half of the building was converted into residential units, and since 2014, the bottom half, from floors 3 to 8 were converted to residential units as well. Currently there are over 300 apartments at 15 Park Row, and the building is presently working on restoring the lobby to its former early-twentieth century glory, as well as adding some more modern touches like a large gym, yoga studio, a residents lounge and children’s playroom, bike storage, cold storage, and an immaculate roof deck as well. For over 100 years 15 Park Row has and continues to prove itself as a bastion of the neighborhood that surrounds it, whether that’s Tribeca, the Financial District, or whatever they may call it in the future.

This certainly won’t be the only blog about 15 Park Row that NY Living Solutions will bring you, but if you’re interested to learn more about the architecture and history of 15 Park Row then check out the link below to the Wikipedia article:


Celebrity Real Estate-Jennifer Esposito Lists Her Co-op

Something For The Haves.

Jennifer Esposito Lists

Jennifer Esposito Lists

Courtesy of Cityfile.
Jennifer Esposito is looking to sell in the Village. The actress has put her one-bedroom apartment at 23 East 10th Street on the market, along with the one-bedroom co-op she owns upstairs. The two apartments, which Esposito once planned to combine into a duplex, are currently listed for a combined $1.435 million.
Listed by Stephanie L. David of Mark David

Celebrity and Alpha Human Real Estate Deals

Something For The Haves.
New York City’s Most Notable Real Estate Deals.
Courtesy of Cityfile.

Hampton's Home For Sale

Hampton's Home For Sale

Blackstone Group co-founder Steve Schwarzman and his wife Christine have put their East Hampton home on the market. The 2.1-acre property, which the couple purchased for $2.3 million in 1996, is listed for $7.2 million. The couple will hardly be homeless if and when they sell it. The Schwarzmans are finishing up construction work on the much larger estate in Water Mill they agreed to buy in 2005 for $34 million. [WSJ, BHS]
• Developer Bruce Ratner has sold his 4,500-square-foot home in Montauk to art dealer David Zwirner for $10 million. He’s reportedly looking for a “less pricey” estate in Quogue. [NYP]
• Actress Molly Shannon has sold her apartment at 66 Ninth Avenue for $2.61 million. The three-bedroom pad, which Shannon bought for $1.6 million in 2003, had been listed most recently for $2.85 million. [Real Deal]

Celebrity & Alpha Human Buyers & Sellers

Something For The Haves.

Masterfully compiled by [Cityfile]

Alec Baldwin has put his longtime co-op in the Eldorado on Central Park West on the market for $8.9 million. He’s reportedly thinking about trading it in for a four-bedroom apartment at the Dakota, which has been reduced from $24 million to $12.5 million over the past year. [NYP]

• Former GE CEO Jack Welch is in contract to buy a three-bedroom pad at One Beacon Court that’s next door to the condo he already owns. The 2,669-square-foot space was most recently listed for $8.995 million. Listed by-Brown Harris Stevens]

• New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and his wife, Robin Wells, have paid $1.7 million for former Times reporter Joseph B. Treaster’s three-bedroom co-op at 110 Riverside Drive. Meanwhile, the couple is currently in contract to sell their former apartment, a one-bedroom at 304 West 89th Street that was most recently listed for $599,000. Listed by Corcoran]

• Fashion heir Antonio Versace has paid “a little less” than $2.7 million for a two-bedroom condo at 44 Mercer Street.

• Dr. Richard Kaul has dropped the price of his townhouse at 69 West 83rd Street, which he bought for $3.6 million in 2005 and put on the market for $14 million last month. The manse is now listed for $10 million. [Cityfile, PDE]

• Real estate investor Michael Hirtenstein is reportedly paying $16.5 million for five units on three floors of the Enrique Norten-designed One York. [NYP]

The Apthorp Are Bringing Out The Big Guns-Hello Dolly

Nick Hetherington

Uber-broker Dolly Lenz has been courted by The Apthorp development team and she has accepted to help them sell their supreme residences. How many does she need to sell to declare the condo plan effective by the September deadline? Only 8. This is exciting news to follow. She has the month of August and until the September 15 deadline date to sell 8 apartments to the wealthiest members of planet earth. Doesn’t sound to difficult for someone like Dolly who just rented Brangelina the Rupert Murdoch estate on The North Fork of Long Island for $100,000 a month. So, all she has to do is make a few calls right? I think she will do it. Whoever purchases will obviously be offered a sweet to the taste discount. Stay tuned to see which masters of the universe help save the day. Check The Real Deal article for more on this.

930 Fifth Avenue- A housewife Lists & A Hostess Drops The Price

Jill Zarin- Housewife

Jill Zarin- Housewife


Jill Zarin from ‘Real Housewives of NYC’ lists her home for $3.2million. What do you get for that?
1956SF that’s what. Have a look at the interiors and if you likey you’ll probably also love 1970’s European porn.

[CityFile]Dorris Carr Bonfigli, the Upper East Side hostess and Bernie Madoff victim, has dropped the price of her penthouse apartment at 930 Fifth for the second time since listing it for $11.3 million last December. The elaborately-designed spread is now priced at $9.8 million. Nobody gets out of this mess untouched.

From $33 million to $29 million- I’ll Take 2 Wrap it in Blue

[CityFile]Mortgage company founder Steven Schnall and his wife Sherri have dropped the price of their massive townhouse at 2 North Moore Street less than three months after putting it back on the market for $33 million. The 11,000-square-foot mansion is now listed with Deborah Grubman for the bargain price of $29 million. Get it while it’s hot! [Corcoran]

The Apthorp Reduce Prices Must Sell By September Deadline

The Apthorp Courtyard

The Apthorp Courtyard

NY Apartment Updates: THE Apthorp, one of New York’s grandest apartment buildings with a sprawling interior courtyard and vaulted limestone arches has been wracked with contentious disputes, feuding partners, lenders threatening to foreclose but now there’s calm after the storm.
[NY Times]Asking prices on the condominiums fell to an average of $1,950 a square foot from $2,400 to $3,000, at least for the buyers of the first 25 or so apartments that must be sold before the condo plan can be declared effective.

Will the many celebrities that have been considering a purchase at this noble establishment Alec Baldwin, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Tommy Mottola, return now that the dust has settled? Will they be seduced now the prices are even more affordable despite the fact that they are the only one’s who could afford them in the first place?

Buyers & Sellers-Mega-Sale at the TW Center, Another Listing at 15 CPW

Time Warner Center- Home to The Ridiculously Rich-a-lous

Time Warner Center- Home to The Ridiculously Rich-a-lous

Celebrity NY City Real Estate News:

Investor Gerhard Andlinger has sold his penthouse at the Time Warner Center for $37.5 million, making it the biggest residential deal the city has seen in nearly a year. Not that this should necessarily be interepreted as a sign the real estate market is back. The 8,300-square-foot apartment, which was sold to an anonymous buyer, had been listed for $65 million when it first hit the market last year. [NYO]• Keiko Ibi, the Tokyo-born filmmaker who won an Oscar her 1999 documentary The Personals, has put her condo at 15 Central Park West back on the market less than two years after purchasing it for $1.8 million. The one-bedroom is now listed for $3.75 million. [Cityfile, BHS]

Stephen Daldry-'Billy Elliot' Director

Stephen Daldry-'Billy Elliot' Director

• Director Stephen Daldry has reportedly gone into contract to buy a red-brick townhouse in Chelsea with an asking price of “just under $5 million,” while British architect Lord Norman Foster has picked up the apartment next door to the one he already owns at 912 Fifth Avenue for $6.7 million. [NYM]
• Markus Kiersztan, the owner of MP Creative and Uniqlo’s creative director in the United States, has paid $1.8 million for a three-bedroom loft at 10 Leonard Street. [Cityfile]

Kerry Washington-Hunting for an NY City Apartment-$3000


Celebrity NY City Real Estate News:

So, it all started this morning when The NY Post
ran a quick blurb on page 6 titled ‘Bargain Hunter’. Paula Froelich The Post’s mercurial gossip writer got hold of an email Kerry Washington had sent to her friends letting them know she needs an apartment while doing the David Mamet play ‘Race’. Kerry has a budget of $3000 for a furnished rental. Miss Froelich pens that is ‘a cheap apartment’. Maybe Miss Froelich could rent Miss Washington her own apartment in Soho. It’s a nice ‘cheap’ 1 bedroom in a walk up on Sullivan street.
Richard Lawson of Gawker.com also picked up on this story. His response is right on the ‘cheap’ money.

Madonna’s $40M Townhouse Now Just a $32.5M Townhouse


One Of Only 26 rooms

One Of Only 26 rooms

It’s official: Madonna is an Upper East Sider, having just closed on the 57-foot-wide Georgian-style townhouse at 152 East 81st Street. Yes, yes—eww, east of Lexington Avenue, the horror, blah blah blah. The lingering mystery was how much the Material Girl shelled out, with initial reports putting her bid at $40 million (the asking price was $42 million, down from $45M). Not so, the Times’ Josh Barbanel reports.

Madge paid only $32.5 million, or $1.25 million per each of its 26 rooms. Of course, there’s also a pair of garages to preserve a bit of privacy and a 3,000-square-foot garden for the brood to stretch their legs. It’s the biggest townhouse deal of the year, but will the discount silence brokers who criticized Madonna’s big-money move to the wrong side of Lex?