John Lennon’s former ‘Lost Weekend’ penthouse in Manhattan asks $5.5M
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John Lennon’s former ‘Lost Weekend’ penthouse in Manhattan asks $5.5M

September 24, 2020

Photo Credit: James Smolka/ Brown Harris Stevens

One of New York City’s most storied apartments has just hit the market. John Lennon’s former penthouse at 434 East 52nd Street, where he briefly lived with his mistress May Pang during the 1970s and famously spotted a UFO, is asking $5.5 million. The 4,000-square-foot triplex in the Southgate co-op, located where Sutton Place, Beekman, and Midtown East meet, was also where the iconic photos of Lennon wearing a tank top that said “New York City” were taken.

The five-bedroom, four and a half bathroom apartment also boasts a 2,000-square-foot landscaped wraparound terrace with multiple access points from every room on the main level. The terrace is where the “New York City” photoshoot of Lennon took place, with the photos later appearing alongside an interview in Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine in 1974.

Lennon lived at the penthouse for a few years with Pang during his 18-month separation from his wife Yoko Ono, who remained at the Dakota. He referred to this period of his life as the “Lost Weekend.” The listing was first reported by the New York Post.

While the home’s storied past lives on, the penthouse has been renovated since the Beatles frontman resided there. The entry-level features a huge living room with super tall ceilings and a woodburning fireplace, a formal dining room with enough space to seat 20 people comfortably, a bedroom, a corner library, and a kitchen with all new appliances.

A staircase with wrought-iron banisters leads to an upper level with a master bedroom and a smaller bedroom, as well as a dressing room and two spacious baths. The lower level has a “self-contained” one-bedroom apartment, according to the listing, with a living room, kitchen, and private entrance.

Southgate is a five-building complex developed by Bing and Bing and designed by Emery Roth in the Art Deco style. The building at 434 East 52nd Street was the first to be completed at the development in 1928.

[Listing details: 434 East 52nd Street, Apartment #PHG at CityRealty]

[At Brown Harris Stevens by Lauren Cangiano and Alisha Lloyd-Hudson]


Photo Credit: James Smolka/ Brown Harris Stevens

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