Cindy Gallop Puts Her Stefan Boublil-Designed “Black Apartment” Back on the Market for $6M

Posted On Tue, October 28, 2014 By

Posted On Tue, October 28, 2014 By In Chelsea, Cool Listings, Interiors

New York City’s most famous bachelor pad—ironically owned by a woman—is back after being taken off the market earlier this year. The distinctive $5.995 million loft at 213 23rd Street, formerly the men’s locker room of the first YMCA in the U.S., was purchased by businesswoman Cindy Gallop in 2006 for $1.5 million. With an additional million, and the help of Stefan Boublil of interior design firm The Apartment, she gave the space a dramatic makeover, stating she wanted to feel like she was in a Shanghai nightclub.

Its resulting “lacquered Chinese box” vibe has earned the Black Apartment a featuring role in Law & Order SVU, Notorious B.I.G’s “Nasty Girl” video, and many photo shoots. The notable home has undergone quite a transformation, rendering it practically unrecognizable as it prepares for a new owner, but let’s take a moment to admire its former interior in all its glitzy splendor.

213 23rd Street, the Black Apartment, Stefan Boublil designed to look like Shanghai nightclub, Cindy Gallop

The highlight of this open loft is a massive 20-by-68-foot great room, which prominently displays Gallop’s extensive shoe collection. The giant space is divided into sitting areas, providing a nice flow for entertaining. The room is anchored by a sleek stainless steel chef’s kitchen on one side and a wall of bookshelves on the other.

213 23rd Street, the Black Apartment, Stefan Boublil designed to look like Shanghai nightclub, Cindy Gallop

Three walk-in closets form small hallways to the rest of the living space, which includes some storage areas, a living room, and a doorless master bathroom with a deep soaking tub surrounded in sleek black tile. Sadly, the quirky artwork and deer heads are probably not included in the sale, but an additional walk-in closet serves as an adequate consolation prize.

213 23rd Street, the Black Apartment, Stefan Boublil designed to look like Shanghai nightclub, Cindy Gallop

213 23rd Street, the Black Apartment, Stefan Boublil designed to look like Shanghai nightclub, Cindy Gallop

Chelsea’s historic McBurney YMCA building was built in 1902. The Beaux-Arts style building, sports a brick, terracotta, and limestone façade, and was converted into a residential building in 2004. The pet-friendly boutique condominium is conveniently located in the heart of Chelsea right near the neighborhood’s hottest art galleries, shopping, and restaurants.

[Listing: 213 23rd Street #6S by Claudia Saez-Fromm and Mark David Fromm of Town Residential]

[via CityRealty]

Photos courtesy of Town Residential

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