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Big Deal, Convenient to Ketchup

The New York TimesApril 06, 2010

Convenient to Ketchup

The New York TimesApril 06, 2010
IN today’s real estate market, it is possible to get a nice one-bedroom apartment for $400,000 in Manhattan. One with some Old World charm and a lot of light.

Or you could quintuple that figure and go for something a little more striking.
Melissa George, an Australian actress who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role on the HBO show “In Treatment,” just bought a $1.825 million one-bedroom apartment with her husband, Claudio Dabed, in the Flatiron district.
Their new home is at 141 Fifth Avenue, at 21st Street, a late-19th-century Beaux-Arts building, with 34 apartments and a copper cupola. The building, a landmark, once housed the Landmarks Conservancy itself. It was originally a bank.
“I don’t know what else to say, other than 141 Fifth is one of the most beautiful and architecturally significant buildings along the historic Ladies’ Mile landmark district,” said Emily Beare, an executive vice president of the Core Group, who is selling all the apartments in the building.
Ms. George and Mr. Dabed’s new place has 10 1/2-foot ceilings and a 489-square-foot terrace. And if they need to borrow a cup of sugar — or perhaps some ketchup — they could pop over to the apartment of their neighbor, Bradley Blum, a former chief executive of Burger King, who bought a $3.7 million condo in the building earlier this year.

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Downsize Your Enthusiasm

The New York TimesMarch 04, 2010

Whenever Susie Essman is in Los Angeles working on an episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the HBO comedy series, she stays in a hotel.

 

“I never wanted to give in to the L.A. thing,” said Ms. Essman, who plays Susie Greene, the shrill husband-bashing character who has yet to meet a curse word she doesn’t like.

 

But when Ms. Essman is in New York, she’s either a soccer mom in suburban Albany or an Upper West Sider “taking care of what I have to do and seeing my friends.”

 

Now, although she still spends about three days a week in the city, she has decided to sell the two-bedroom two-bath apartment at the Straus Park Condominium that she and her husband, Jimmy Harder, an upstate commercial real estate broker, have used as their city base.

 

Ms. Essman said that six years ago when she met Mr. Harder, who has four children from a previous marriage, she lived in a one-bedroom apartment. “They were constantly coming into the city and there was one bathroom for six of us, it was nuts,” she said. “So we decided to buy a bigger place.”

 

But the children are 16, 19, 20 and 22, and one stepdaughter has her own apartment in Midtown. “Now when they come into the city,” Ms. Essman said, “they want to stay with her, so it’s time to downsize.”

 

The 1,200-square-foot apartment, at Broadway and 107th Street, has floor-to-ceiling windows with open city views. Ms. Essman’s broker, Gerry Kendrick of Prudential Douglas Elliman, has put it on the market for $1.445 million.

The Little Town That Prices (Almost) Forgot

The New York TimesMarch 03, 2010
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