Back in September, we revealed that actress Michelle Williams had listed her Boerum Hill townhouse for $7.5 million. Not surprisingly, the beautiful, ivy-covered home didn’t last long on the market. According to city records released today, the “one and only” corner home has sold for $8.8 million.
All of Meredith Vieira’s hard work has certainly paid off. According to the Post, the journalist-slash-talk-show-host-slash-game-show-host has just scooped up a penthouse at the El Dorado. The home is a three-bedroom stunner with two large terraces and Central Park reservoir views. The final closing price has yet to be revealed, but it was last asking $8.55 million in May when it went into contract. The previous owners paid $5.95 million for it back in 2011—surely a recent, beautiful, never-lived-in renovation helped give this CPW pad a price boost.
Everyone’s favorite theoretical physicist, Sheldon Cooper—or Jim Parsons when he’s not playing his famous character on “The Big Bang Theory”—has purchased a $2.9 million Gramercy Park penthouse with his partner, Todd Spiewak, according to city records. In fact, this is the couple’s fourth buy in 36 Gramercy Park East. Yesterday, they also picked up a $815,000 unit; in 2011 they bought a $1.8 million, two-bedroom unit on the 12th floor; and in 2012 they bought an apartment on the same floor for $2.8 million.
36 Gramercy Park East opened in 1906, becoming notable for its ornamental terra cotta façade. In 2009, the building underwent an interior overhaul and sales began on the 53 co-op units. Residents receive a key to Gramercy Park–certainly a selling point for Parsons, whose main residence is Los Angeles.
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If you’re familiar with the NYC gallery scene you definitely know the Pace Gallery and its founder Arnold “Arne” Glimcher, one of the world’s most powerful art dealers, as well as a film producer and director. According to city records, Arne and his son Marc have bought a $5.6 million Madison Square loft at 117 East 24th Street. The contemporary space boasts four bedrooms and 4,000 square feet as well as 11.5-foot ceilings and plenty of wall space to display one’s art collection, though we’re not sure which of the father-son art dealing pair will be residing in the loft.
“Man of the People” Mayor De Blasio seems to be getting a little annoyed with his constituents’ nosy nature. The Post reports that De Blasio has just erected a “privacy fence” adding another four feet to the home’s existing barrier. The new fence was constructed inside an existing red brick wall and a wrought-iron fence that surrounds the famed property located close to Carl Schurz Park. The Parks Department hasn’t confirmed whether or not permits were acquired for this addition to the landmarked building, but Parks spokesman Phil Abramson claimed the new fence was “due to security concerns.”
“So much for being mayor of the people. That brick fence was good enough for Rudy Giuliani and his family, and for Ed Koch and all the mayors before him,” a law enforcement source told the Post. Obviously there’s a lot of negative sentiment swirling around the mayor’s choice to fence himself in, many wanting to know what he has to hide from us all. But we’ll cut De Blasio some slack, we all love our personal space and privacy too, don’t we?
He’s at it again, this time buying a $2.8 million West Village apartment at 32 Morton Street. Real estate lover Robert De Niro inked the deal for the two-bedroom penthouse loft along with his stepdaughter Drena, according to city records.
A few months ago, De Niro made headlines when he moved into a $125,000/month rental at star-studded 15 Central Park West while waiting for the renovation to be complete at his Brentmore triplex. He also got some recent notorious attention for getting into a very public tax fight with the Hudson Valley town where he owns a 78-acre property. And let’s not forget about his $250 million Barbados hotel project. With so many real estate balls in the air, it’s hard to say if De Niro or his daughter will be living in the latest acquisition, but it would be the perfect downtown pad.
Everyone’s favorite well-coiffed weatherman Sam Champion has sold his Upper West Side condo for $4.7 million, according to city records released today. Champion bought the 2,019-square-foot unit on the top floor of 45 West 67th Street in 1995 for $750,000, netting him an impressive $4 million profit on the sale. The 33-story building was erected in 1985 and has 170 condos with impressive Central Park views. Champion is celebrating his two-year wedding anniversary with Rubem Robierb later this month, so perhaps to mark the occasion the couple is investing in some new real estate.
With a handful of new buildings coming up in Manhattan, Karim Rashid‘s NYC architectural star is quickly rising. So it only makes sense that the renowned industrial-designer-cum-architect would want a place of his own to call home in the Big Apple. According to the NYP, Rashid was recently spotted scoping out this spectacular Atelier New York Architecture-designed pad located at 201 North 11th Street in Brooklyn. True to the designer’s taste, the Williamsburg apartment is bright, modern, and plenty green with its 805 square feet of outdoor space and sweet views of McCarren Park and the surrounding historic buildings.
Tatiana von Furstenberg, singer, filmmaker and daughter of fashion mogul Diane von Furstenberg, has sold her luxury co-op at 1 Gramercy Park for $4,240,000, according to city records. She purchased the home in 2006, and since her address of record is in Los Angeles, perhaps she’s becoming a permanent West Coaster–or moving to her mother’s beloved Meatpacking District neighborhood.
The four-story Italianate brownstone mansion was originally home to Dr. Valentine Mott in 1849. He founded Rutgers Medical College and was president of the New York Academy of Medicine. Luckily for Tatiana, if she misses her private keyed access to Gramercy Park, she can now digitally tour the storied green space thanks to Airbnb and Google Maps.
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According to the Daily Mail, Girls creator Lena Dunham has scooped up a $4.8 million condo at 30 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights, the former offices of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle–now known as The Heights. Despite the recent controversy over her memoir, 28-year-old Dunham is really moving up in the world. Not only did she reportedly get a $3.7 million book advance, but her first home in the neighborhood at 145 Hicks Street cost her only $500,000. She purchased her newest residence under a trust and still owns her one-bedroom pad.
Dunham shares her new home with boyfriend and Fun frontman Jack Antonoff, who has been spotted on moving duty while Dunham is on her book tour. The four-bedroom corner apartment is completely elegant and modern, a sure sign that the “girl” is growing up.