A penthouse at 21 East 22nd Street
The Puck building has lavish new penthouses for sale
Residents sell to other residents at the Dakota
Neil Patrick Harris
Real estate scion and publisher Jared Kushner (Ivanka Trump’s hubbie) is turning the Puck Building, a famous downtown structure built in the late 1880s, into Soho’s latest luxe condo. Because of its historic status, Kushner needed the Landmarks Preservation Commission to sign off on his plans for the building, formerly the Manhattan home of Pratt Institute and Graydon Carter’s Spy magazine (viewers of Will & Grace know the exterior as Grace Adler’s office). The Commission finally approved a scaled down version of Kushner’s plans to convert the top floors into six stunning penthouses, valued at $20 million plus (the condos already have their own website, puckpenthouses.com). While the building itself is a beautiful example of a Romanesque Revival style, its busy location may be one of the biggest challenges for those marketing the building. Douglas Elliman brokers Dennis Mangone (575 Madison Ave., 212-418-2060) and Raphael De Niro (774 Broadway, 212-460-0655) have the listings.
Lindsay Lohan is back in the hunt. Reports had her down and out, living in a cheap, tiny walk up at 176 Thompson Street, which doesn’t exactly fly with her over-the-top movie star ways. But regardless of her current New York address, things have been on the up for LiLo: She got buzz from her interview with Oprah, which will be followed by a docu-series about her life, also for Oprah’s OWN network. That translates into money—and a bigger apartment. Lohan has been inquiring about glamorous rental properties; she expressed interest in a 1,734-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom maisonette duplex in a landmarked townhouse at 32 West Ninth Street that’s asking $14,500 a month. The unit is from the mid-1800s and comes with an ornate spiral staircase (for LiLo’s dramatic Scarlett O’Hara moments) and oversize windows overlooking the tree-lined West Village Gold Coast. It also comes with a shared garden. The listing brokers are Douglas Elliman’s S. Hunie Kwon, John Gomes, and Suzanne Cain (26 W. 17th St., 212-727-6158).
Nearby, Joe Jonas and his girlfriend Blanda Eggenschwiler toured a penthouse unit near Madison Square Park, at 21 East 22nd Street listed by Core broker Michael Rubin (127 Seventh Ave., 347-880-0349). The Flatiron rental has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and is asking $8,500 a month.
At the famed Dakota, home to such names as Yoko Ono, Lauren Bacall, and the late Leonard Bernstein, trades are rare. The nine-story building designed by Henry J. Hardenbergh, who also created the Plaza Hotel, and completed in 1884, has only 93 units. But one apartment, owned by former Super Bowl–winning Oakland Raiders coach and Sunday Night Football commentator John Madden and his wife, Virginia, quietly went on the market. They sold their two-bedroom apartment for $3.9 million to fellow residents Cecilia and Gregor Freund (without using a broker). The unit comes with a private entrance off the courtyard. At the same time, socialite Sydney Houghton Weinberg of the Goldman Sachs family dynasty sold her servant’s one-bedroom to another resident, James C. Chambers, for $1.75 million, a little less than its $2 million asking price. The listing broker was John Burger of Brown Harris Stevens (445 Park Ave., 212-906-9274).
Half of the former home of Lena Horne, Tony Award–winning singer, actress, and civil rights activist, has been put up for sale for $1.29 million. The co-op at 23 East 74th Street, which Horne used as a home office and guest residence, measures 1,245 square feet and has two bedrooms and two baths. The listing broker is Jim Farah of The Corcoran Group (490 Broadway, 212-941-2508).
Harlem is also getting some love this fall and unprecedented sky-high prices. Actor and Tony Awards host Neil Patrick Harris just bought a gorgeous $3.6 million townhouse at 2036 Fifth Avenue with his fiancé, David Burtka. The couple, fresh off a trip to St-Tropez, where they hung out with Sir Elton John’s family, purchased the five-story, 8,000-square-foot townhouse, which comes with two terraces and a chef’s kitchen as well as five bedrooms and five bathrooms—plenty of room for their adorable 3-year-old twins, Harper and Gideon, to grow. (There’s a garden, too.) The listing broker was Fabienne Lecole of Corcoran (1226 Madison Ave., 212-360-2294), while Corcoran’s Noble Black (636 Sixth Ave., 212-444-7926) represented Burtka and Harris, who first went on Twitter to kick off his home search.
photography by John Lamparski/getty images (dakota); Jon Kopaloff/getty images (lohan); Michael Buckner/getty images (harris)