Think of Richard Belzer, the perpetually black-clad comic who played the perpetually black-clad Detective John Munch in Law & Order, and you do not automatically picture him living blissfully in a villa in the south of France. Yet Belzer has spent much of the past few years doing just that, and he and his wife are shrinking their New York footprint, putting their apartment at 60 Riverside Drive on the market. It’s a combination unit (adding up to four bedrooms and three and a half baths) that’s priced at $2.9 million through Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Arthur Korant and Harry Kendrick. “When people think of New York, they think of traffic and buildings,” Belzer says, “but this apartment is more idyllic,” with water and tree-line views that are “sheer visual poetry.” Of course, Belzer—who has lived on the Upper West Side since the seventies—is not giving up New York for good; he says his dogs, Django and Bebe, wouldn’t hear of it. He’s looking at smaller units in the building.
New York MagazineJuly 03, 2011