Archive for June, 2014

The undiscovered Riviera

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Just in time for summer, Departures has unlocked “The Other Side of Paradise,” my story on the eastern Riviera, the stretch of coast between Eze Board-Sur Mer in France and Ventimiglia in Italy. That’s Le Cabanon in Cap d’Ail in the photo. But one of the great places I found there.

A midtown west walking tour with Gotham Mag

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Gotham Magazine asked me to take its readers on a walking tour of my old neighborhood, starting at Fifteen Central Park West, subject of the “dishy chronicle,” House of Outrageous Fortune, and “the city’s most desirable address,” says writer Leigh King.

Defining deficiency downwards

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The Confidential column in the Daily News claimed on Monday that Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez is seeking to return to Fifteen Central Park West, where he once rented half of what is now a mammoth combined apartment that has been languishing on the market since 2010–an uncommon failure at the posh condo–at prices ranging from $95 million down to the current ask of $65 million. A bargain (though perhaps not for green hamburger)! It is unclear if Rodriguez wants to rent or buy owner Leroy Schecter‘s thus-far unwanted, unloved spread or another but, the News reports, the condo’s board doesn’t want … Continue reading

Is it Izzy?

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Curbed reports today that the French government’s apartment at 740 Park Avenue has been sold, according to Paris Match, to upstairs neighbor Israel “Izzy” Englander after a bidding war that saw the price soar millions over ask to tie the current co-op sale record of $70 million. Englander, a secretive hedge fund runner, is unlikely to confirm or expand, but his history and that of his current apartment–a rare, sprawling 740 simplex, are spelled out in 740 Park. And if the report is true, he will climb over his upstairs neighbor Steve Schwartzman to become 740′s big man on campus. … Continue reading

Comeback Cribs

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River House. 19 East 72nd Street. 43 Fifth Avenue. The Century. Alwyn Court (shown as photographed by Berenice Abbott). These and more classic co-ops and condos are suddenly showing surprising market strength. What’s up with that? I look at the new phenomenon of fast-rising values for venerable old apartments in tomorrow’s New York Post.

VoiceAmerica on 15CPW

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Listen to Good Morning New York Real Estate with Vince Rocco on VoiceAmerica internet radio here as we discuss House of Outrageous Fortune and more.

Party like it’s 15CPW

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Ekaterina Rybolovleva became a 23-year international phenomenon two years ago when her father, Dmitry Rybolovlev, a billionaire former Russian fertilizer oligarch, bought Sandy Weill‘s penthouse at Fifteen Central Park West (floorplan at right) for a record-setting $88 million, and said it was for her. His then-wife begged to differ, claiming he’d bought it to hide money from her in their ongoing divorce. As reported exclusively in House of Outrageous Fortune, Ekaterina rarely used the penthouse, however, and now that the Rybolovlev divorce has concluded, so has the charade that the empty residence is the young lady’s home. She celebrated her … Continue reading