Police Building Penthouse Gets a $5 Million Price Cut With New Views of Its Secret Room
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Police Building Penthouse Gets a $5 Million Price Cut With New Views of Its Secret Room

March 2, 2016

Remember that $40 million penthouse that occupies the cupola of 240 Centre Street, the 1909 Beaux Arts NYPD headquarters in Nolita? It’s hard to forget a four-story, 6,000-square-foot apartment that comes with insane outdoor space (right outside the cupola!) and a secret room originally only accessible to clock mechanics. The Police Building was converted to condos in 1988 but this particular apartment, which both Calvin Klein and Steffi Graf have called home, was recently remodeled. The condo hit the market in November to quite a bit of fanfare, but apparently buyers aren’t biting. Sotheby’s has recently listed the penthouse for a $5 million discount — a cool $35 million — and also offers some new interior photos to obsess over.

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The domed living room has double-height, 25-foot ceilings and a striking, curving staircase. Windows from here offer views across Manhattan. And if that staircase looks like too many steps, there’s an elevator to take you up each floor.

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The apartment is so big it actually has two separate wings on the first level. The north wing holds an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, bathroom and media room.

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The north wing media room is decked out with a coffered, paneled ceiling.

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The south wing holds a full kitchen as well as a casual family room. The kitchen is lit by skylights above.

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Take that impressive staircase one flight up and you’re on the master suite level of the penthouse. The bedroom comes with a ginormous walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom with an oval bathtub, bidet and custom-made glass tile mural.

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There’s another bedroom on the mezzanine level. The apartment has three bedrooms total.

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The impressive domed living room is on the third floor, above the bedrooms. From here there are four (four!) terraces that exit out onto the base of the cupola. Needless to say, this is some of the best outdoor space in New York City. Now, one would think that’s where the apartment ends, but…

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…There’s a secret room that awaits, as if this penthouse couldn’t get any more impressive. Today this is a 40-foot-wide, 30-foot-tall living room actually built inside the clock tower of the building. This space wasn’t always accessible — before the reno it hadn’t been used for more than a century and was previously accessible only to clock mechanics. The renovation uncovered the extra room, located right above the dome, and it’s been since dubbed “the clock tower room.” (The listing calls it “the dome sanctuary.”) Not only do those four massive clocks serve as the coolest windows ever, they are still in working order. Now this is what we call a one-of-a-kind NYC apartment.

[Listing: 240 Centre Street, #PH by Kevin Brown for Sotheby’s]

[Via CityRealty]


Photos courtesy of Sotheby’s

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