Here’s a chance to own a different kind of piece of history. This one-bedroom condo at The Spencer was the subject of a contentious five-year legal battle between the owner, the condo board, and the estate of Joan Rivers, and was actually referred to as the shabbiest apartment in the entire building. Now owner Elizabeth Hazan has listed the unit, asking $6 million, a far cry from the $28 million Rivers’ estate is requesting for her former penthouse.
In the fall of 1959 American author Ernest Hemingway rented a small apartment at 1 East 62nd Street, just off Fifth Avenue, in an attempt to achieve some privacy on his visits to New York City. Although eventually published posthumously, A Moveable Feast, was scheduled to be released the following year, and Hemingway spent the better part of 1959 completing this tale of his early days spent among writing giants the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and James Joyce.
We may never know if the walls of the now Spencer Condominium got to see those finishing touches, but we’re pretty sure they’ve witnessed a great deal of history since the limestone mansion was built at the turn of the century for John Drexel, grandson of the founder of Philadelphia banking house Drexel & Co.