Centaur Properties Unveils New Condominium at 305W16

May 18, 2011
With CORE as Exclusive Sales and Marketing Firm, Building is Strategically Delivered to Address Demand for Quality New Construction

NEW YORK, NY (May 18, 2011) – At a time when little new for-sale residential construction is being delivered to the New York City marketplace, Centaur Properties, a leading New York City-based development and investment firm, is addressing increasing market demand with the recent unveiling of its brand new cond-op building at 305W16.

With CORE serving as the exclusive sales and marketing agency, the seven-story, modern luxury cond-op will offer a mix of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences, some with private terraces, as well as numerous lifestyle-enhancing amenities, such as an in-house gym, rooftop terrace and second-floor Zen garden.

A soft building launch for brokers will take place today, Wednesday, May 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. and a major launch event kickoff will be held on Wednesday, June 1 starting at 7 p.m. Both events are being produced by A Squared Enterprises, a New York-based events and design firm.

“In delivering this building to the market now, at a time when there is a very limited supply of new residential development coming online, we feel this building is strongly positioned to address the demand we are seeing for quality new for-sale construction,” stated Harlan Berger, Principal of Centaur Properties. “Our timing, coupled with the building’s desirable Chelsea location and terrific amenities package, holds great appeal for buyers in the marketplace.”

Located at the corner of Eighth Avenue, the building is in a prime West Side location within the heart of some of Manhattan’s most revered neighborhoods. Savvy buyers will be able to seize upon the prospect of living in a new home by Spring 2011.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for prospective homebuyers to purchase a new home in one of Manhattan’s hottest neighborhoods where there’s such a small amount of inventory available,” said Shaun Osher, founder and CEO of CORE. “The location of 305W16 in one of the most exciting downtown areas will definitely increase the appeal for buyers.”

To learn more about sales opportunities, visit the website at, call (855) 305-0016 or email

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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My Fox: Good Day New YorkMay 17, 2011

Dutch Fraudster Sells at The Dakota

The Real DealMay 16, 2011

Jan-Dirk Paarlberg, the Dutch investor who was convicted of fraud, forgery and money laundering in the Netherlands last year, has unloaded his two-bedroom apartment at the Dakota for $4.6 million, as he continues his battle to stay out of prison.


The six-room co-op at 1 West 72nd Street, which has views of Central Park as well as 14-foot ceilings and comes with a studio on the ninth floor, was one of several residences Paarlberg owned worldwide before he was found guilty of participating in a $23.5 million extortion scheme.


The buyer, public records show, is Bettina Caiola, the widow of New York property owner and Ferrari enthusiast Benny Caiola, who died last year. She declined to comment through a spokesperson.


According to previous reports by the Wall Street Journal, Dutch authorities seized Paarlberg’s properties in the Netherlands, Portugal, France and the Netherlands Antilles, and obtained a restraining order from a federal judge in Manhattan last year that prohibited him from selling the Dakota unit without court approval. (Coincidentally, that unit was once owned by another controversial Dakota resident, former board president Alphonse Fletcher, who sued the building for racial discrimination in February.) Paarlberg later reached an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office that allowed him to turn over the proceeds of the sale to U.S. marshals at closing.


A spokesperson for the U.S. Marhsals Service confirmed today that proceeds from the sale, which closed May 3, “have gone directly to the U.S. Marshals Service Asset Forfeiture Fund pending further order from the courts.”


Paarlberg, who paid $4.5 million for the apartment in 2001, was sentenced in June 2010 to four-and-a-half years behind bars for his fraudulent activities, but as of February was free pending an appeal. His attorneys did not respond to requests for comment.


Prudential Douglas Ellliman broker Louis Leone, who had the listing for Paarlberg’s apartment with colleagues Jason Walker and Kim Shepard-Fabrizi, declined to comment.


Bowery Gets High-end Boutique

Crain'sMay 03, 2011

Dagny & Barstow to take over on site of nightclub owned by Lenny Kravitz and Denzel Washington; owners see escape from downtown’s “oversaturation” problem.


The Bowery is not typically known as a shopping destination, but Dagny & Barstow, a new high-end women’s boutique, is aiming to change that. The retailer, run by co-founders Meredith Blank and Emily Titelman, recently signed a 10-year lease for 1,200 square feet at 264 Bowery, between Prince and Houston streets. Asking rent for the deal, which includes a storage basement, was $120 a square foot.


“[The Bowery] is one of the few neighborhoods in downtown Manhattan that’s not so oversaturated with clothing boutiques,” said Ms. Titelman, a former public relations executive. She expects to open the shop—it will sell apparel, accessories and jewelry—in August, with a grand opening slated for closer to New York Fashion Week this fall.


To distinguish its wares from those of nearby boutiques in NoLIta and the Lower East Side, Dagny & Barstow will sell mostly exclusive merchandise from less-known European design brands, including Devastee and Sophie Hulme.


The shop replaces Kos, the nightclub owned by Lenny Kravitz and Denzel Washington. Alex Cohen of Cushman & Wakefield Inc. represented the tenant in negotiations, while the landlord, the Estate of William Gottlieb, was represented by Richard Skulnik of Ripco Real Estate.


A Dose of Reality

The Real DealMay 01, 2011