The late Princess Ashraf Pahlavi’s lavish Beekman Place townhouse has lingered on the market for years, burdened by its historical associations with the former rulers of Iran, and the misimpression that once-lusted-for Midtown East had fallen out fashion. Its recent sale, revealed by Big Ticket in the New York Times, might support that argument, as its sale price had dropped $38.5 million from its initial asking price of $50 million. Or it might mean that bargain hunters seeking a COVID-safe, crowdfree neighborhood have rediscovered an insanely affordable enclave of forgotten history and luxury, a few blocks from Midtown that also includes Sutton Place, Mitchell Place, and the mid-century modern United Nations Plaza. I told its story when it first came on the market in 2014, two years before Ashraf’s death. Read its fascinating bold-face history here by clicking each page.