Taylor Swift may have been named NYC’s Global Welcome Ambassador, but she doesn’t seem to be too welcoming to her neighbors at 155 Franklin Street in Tribeca. First, it was widely speculated that Orlando Bloom listed his apartment there just five months after moving in because of the pop princess’s mobs of fans and “Girl Squad” activities (Bloom sold the apartment in less than a month). Now, actor Sir Ian McKellen is claiming that Swift had him evicted from the building, reports the Guardian.
In March 2014, Taylor Swift bought director Peter Jackson’s penthouse duplex loft at 155 Franklin for $19.95 million, which has an impressive 8,300 square feet of interior space and 4,000 square feet of exterior terrace space. But apparently McKellen got booted from the apartment in the process (he played the wizard Gandalf in Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” movies).
“When I was living in Peter Jackson’s apartment in New York, Taylor Swift bought it while I was there and I was thrown out before I wanted to leave! That hardly puts me in Taylor Swift’s team, does it?” he said in an interview with Gay Star News. “She bought [the apartment], she had every right to–I was just lodging there for free! She did ask me to appear with Patrick Stewart at her show in LA, but I had something else to do that night,” he added.
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Photos of 155 Franklin Street, PH6SN from a 2013 Corcoran listing when Peter Jackson put the home on the market
Neighborhoods : Tribeca