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The Real DealMay 14, 2010

Halston Honcho—Sarah Jessica Parker's Boss!—Buys At 141 Fifth Avenue

The New York ObserverMay 14, 2010
Last week, in the aftermath of the Met Costume Institute Gala, fashion and society buzz boards were atwitter with four words: Sarah, Jessica, Parker, Halston. The Sex and the City star, who was recently appointed the new president and chief creative officer of the legendary American clothing brand, looked eager and adorable, like a sun-kissed, '70s-styled Barbie (the new kind that don't topple over due to exhorbitant breast size) in flowing apricot Halston Heritage couture.

Tamara Mellon, Jimmy Choo-ess and co-owner of Halston (father-to-be Harvey Weinstein is also an owner), announced Ms. Parker's assumption of the role earlier this year. Ms. Parker will be working with the revamped diffusion line, Halston Heritage, but who will Ms. Parker report to? That would be Halston CEO and former president, Bonnie Takhar.

But, according to city records, Ms. Takhar and her husband, Angus Whelchel, director of private capital markets for Barclays, are making some personal acquisitions, and not of the sartorial kind. The couple recently closed on a $3,100,440 unit at luxe, copper-topped 141 Fifth Avenue.

The two-bedroom (the home office could be a potential third) is "just over 1,800 square feet,"

CORE's Emily Beare, who had the listing, told The Observer, "and it's on the curve of the building, so it's quite dramatic." A little further up on the curve is the extremely dramatic copper-domed cupola, which will house the building's penthouses.

Ms. Takhar and Mr. Whelchel's future residence features 10.5-foot ceilings and oversize windows along the corner curve of the building. The kitchen is in the custom English handpainted style with a walnut-and-marble island with handturned balusters and the bathroom boasts wood-framed fluted glass doors, custom mosaic floors and a luxurious freestanding tub.

The listing coos, "These are highly detailed homes for sophisticated palates." Indeed. Thelandmarked Flatiron building, formerly a bank, has been fastidiously restored, including the ornate 1897 terra cotta detailing and the aforementioned, dramatic cupola. And judging from Mr. Weinstein's confident praise of Ms. Takhar—"Bonnie’s vision and sense on how to update the brand’s style, while maintaining its classical roots, is second to none”—the former Jimmy Choo chief commercial officer and her new abode seem to be a match made in cupola-covered heaven.

"Bonnie was one of the first purchasers," Ms. Beare said. "She bought it a while ago, but it took a long time to close because the building wasn't finished until now." Now that the condominium-ization of the late-19th-century Beaux-Arts beauty is complete, will Ms. Takhar move in imminently? "Yes, they'll move in right away!" said Ms. Beare.

Other buyers in the 34-unit building include former Burger King CEO Bradley Blum and In Treatment actress Melissa George. Ms. Beare added eagerly, "In another week they'll be all done with the penthouses so I can start selling those. It's going to be the building of the year!"

In Vogue

New York PostMay 10, 2010
Lower Fifth may soon be turning into Fashion Row. Valentino and his longtime partner Giancarlo Giammetti were spotted checking out the $12 million cupola penthouse at 141 Fifth Ave. The 3,200-square-foot, three-level condo features two bedrooms (including a master suite at
the very top), 3½ bathrooms and a custom chef’s kitchen, along with 10½-foot ceilings, oversized windows and several private terraces.

They’d be joining Halston CEO Bonnie Takhar, who recently closed on a two-bedroom apartment in the building for $3.1 million. The conversion of 141 Fifth Ave. maintained its ornate 1897 signatures, including original terra cotta detailing and curved plate-glass storefronts. The penthouse’s broker, Emily Beare of CORE, declined to comment.

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The Real DealMay 06, 2010

650 Sixth Avenue Re-Launches as The Cammeyer Under New Direction of CORE

May 06, 2010
650 Sixth Avenue Re-Launches as The Cammeyer Under New Direction of CORE

CORE’s Leadership Results in Eight New Contracts Signed in Less Than Two Months at Pre-War Landmark Building

NEW YORK, N.Y. (May 6, 2010) – 650 Sixth Avenue, a distinguished luxury Pre-war loft conversion located in the former Ladies’ Mile section of the Flatiron district, has announced its re-launch as The Cammeyer, with CORE as the new exclusive sales and marketing team. Leveraging its in-depth knowledge of market trends to effectively highlight the landmark building’s rich history and architectural distinction, the all-star team at CORE has signed eight new contracts in less than two months, with several more contracts out and expected to be signed within the coming weeks.

Immediately following CORE’s retention as the exclusive sales and marketing team, the firm directed a new vision in marketing for The Cammeyer, reflective of the glory days of the Ladies’ Mile District. Once home to fashion icons such as Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor, Tiffany and Co., and other fine brands, Ladies’ Mile has undergone a renaissance in recent years, furthered by its convenient location near to colorful boutique shopping and fine dining, the Chelsea Piers, and numerous entertainment and recreational opportunities.

“The Cammeyer is a building rich in history with beautiful Beaux-Arts details, situated in a prime location that affords residents direct access to the lifestyle-enhancing amenities that define tasteful luxury living,” stated Fredrik Eklund, Managing Director of CORE, who is leading the sales and marketing effort at The Cammeyer, along with Senior Vice President John B. Gomes. “We have already experienced a tremendous response to the enhancements we have made to the residences and amenities of the building, with eight new contracts already signed, and are confident that this strong sales velocity will only continue.”

Originally constructed in 1892, this former fine shoe store (the world’s largest at the time) is located in one of “Old New York’s” best-preserved neighborhoods. Penterium, the residential real estate development arm of Kumkang Housing Corp., has restored the building to its pre-war beauty and transformed it into fashionable lofts, preserving the white stone pilasters and entablature, red brick Corinthian columns and arches, and hand-turned wrought-iron balconies characteristic of the Beaux-Arts architectural style.

Located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 20th, The Cammeyer is bordered by the Hudson River to the west and Fifth Avenue to the east. The building’s entrance is also located across the street from one of Manhattan’s landmarks – the 19th-century church that once housed the Limelight nightclub – that has been reborn as the Limelight Marketplace, with 35 upscale boutiques and restaurants.

“Residents of The Cammeyer will be in the center of it all,” Eklund noted. “They will literally be surrounded by the finest brownstone architecture, great shops and the Limelight Marketplace, which will serve as a dynamic shopping venue.”

The luxury loft conversion has 67 condominium residences that feature ceilings that soar to up to 12 feet, oversized loft windows, open kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms that make the most of light and space, and distinctive pre-war details including cast iron decorative columns.

Stylish kitchens feature high-gloss Poggenpohl kitchen cabinetry, Corian countertops, SubZero refrigerators, Thermador ovens and Miele appliances. Master baths include spa-like soaking tubs and separate glass showers with Waterworks, Duravit, Jado and Catalano finishes. Buyers have the option of automated window treatments as well as dark walnut stain flooring that serves as a fitting compliment to the building’s modern finishes and fixtures.

The Cammeyer’s classic amenities include a 3,600-square-foot landscaped rooftop that provides stunning views of the Empire State Building and the ornate architecture of the buildings in historic Ladies’ Mile, as well as a state-of-the-art gym with Cybex equipment, a fully staffed on-site management team and a 24-hour doorman.

Additionally, the building boasts private on-site storage spaces of up to 150 square feet that are included in the purchase price of each residence; a unique and desirable feature rarely afforded to condominium purchasers.

The Cammeyer sits firmly within the middle of popular West Manhattan and within walking distance to landmarks, shopping, fine dining, bistros and gastropubs, galleries and theatres, bustling nightclubs and bards, the Chelsea Piers, and adjacent areas such as the Garment District and Greenwich Village.

Residences include studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom penthouses ranging in size from 700 square feet up to 2,035 square feet. Prices start at $845,000.

For more information on The Cammeyer visit the Web site at or contact Fredrik Eklund of CORE at the sales office by calling 212-726-0796 for an appointment.

About Kumkang Housing Corporation

Since 1982, Kumkang Housing Co., Ltd., has specialized in delivering the finest apartment residences that fill market needs and contribute to the betterment of the communities in which they are built. By employing the latest in technology and an appreciation for the artistic vision driving architecture and design, Penterium, the residential real estate development arm of Kumkang, has become an industry leader, creating residences that serve to enhance the lives of their homebuyers.

About CORE

CORE is a real estate sales and marketing firm that delivers the best in brokerage, communications and advisory services for the luxury residential segment. CORE’s elite group of highly experienced and successful professionals services developers who value efficient, no-nonsense results. CORE was founded by Shaun Osher as a full-service boutique with a national reach and a strict adherence to the principals of integrity, efficiency and results. For more information visit

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