Judge Judy Buys at the Sherry Netherland

cityfile · 12/14/09 09:09AM

Judith Sheindlin, better known as "Judge Judy," has settled on new digs in Manhattan: She's paid $6.75 million for a two-bedroom co-op at the Sherry Netherland on Fifth Avenue. The no-nonsense ex-judge scored herself a discount, too. The 3,150-square-foot, 11th-floor apartment, which comes with a separate 150-square-foot maid's room on the building's sixth-floor, had been listed for $7.999 million. [Cityfile]
• It's been more than a year since Brooke Astor's Westchester estate, Holly Hill, first went on the market for $12.9 million. Now the price of property has been cut by more than $2 million. The 11,000-square-foot manse, which was recently emptied of Astor's furnishings to save on security and maintenance costs, is currently listed for $10.5 million. [NYDN, Sotheby's]
• Arlene Farkas, the ex-wife of real estate/retail heir Bruce Farkas, has slashed the price of her 14-room duplex at the River House. The five-bedroom, 5.5-bath apartment that Farkas first placed on the market for $15 million in 2008 is now listed for $11 million. [Cityfile, Stribling]
• Architect Frank Gehry's former duplex at 55 Crosby Street has hit the market. The four-bedroom pad is listed for $5.8 million. [Curbed, PDE]

Ex-Bank of New York CEO Scores a Deal on Fifth

cityfile · 11/04/09 08:58AM

Thomas Renyi, who retired as chairman and CEO of the Bank of New York last year, has picked up an apartment at 920 Fifth Avenue. And he got a good deal, too. Renyi and his wife, Elizabeth, paid $7.55 million for the three-bedroom apartment, which is $2.55 million less than what it was first listed for in April 2008. [Cityfile]
• Software mogul Marty Sprinzen has found a buyer for his 4,552-square-foot apartment at 838 Fifth Avenue. The ninth-floor residence, which Sprinzen bought for $15.8 million in 2007 and put on the market for $24.5 million in May, went into contract to sell late last week. [NYO, BHS]
• The Hampshire House apartment once owned by the late Wall Street titan Zalman Bernstein is back on the market at a hefty discount. The 25th-floor residence, which became the subject of a lawsuit between Bernstein's daughter and the co-op's board in 2007, first went on the market for $17.5 million that same year. Now, after two years and four price chops, the apartment is once again for sale and is now priced at $11.5 million. [Cityfile, BHS]

Price Cut at River House, Harnett Home Hits the Market

cityfile · 07/29/09 07:26AM

• Arlene Farkas, the ex-wife of real estate heir Bruce Farkas, has dropped the price of her 14-room duplex at the River House, which she first put on the market in November for $15 million after a state appeals court turned down her ex-husband's appeal to retain ownership of the apartment. The co-op is now listed for $13.5 million. [Cityfile, BHS]
• The apartment where Josh Hartnett had been living until recently is up for sale (or rent). The 2,200-square-foot pad at 237 Lafayette Street, which is owned by music execs James Dowdall and Rose Noone, is available for $2.1 million. Or you can rent it for $7,995 a month. [NYO, Citi Habitats]

Hedge Funder Drops the Price, Hilfiger Pulls Listing

cityfile · 12/01/08 08:32AM

♦ Hedge fund mogul and Obama mega-fundraiser James Torrey has chopped $2 million off the price of the duplex at 131 E. 66th St. that he and his wife listed just over one month ago. The 4,850-square-foot spread is now on the market for $12.5 million. [Cityfile, Corcoran]
♦ UBS exec Ramesh Singh and his wife Farida Khan are finally unloading their co-op at 860 Park Avenue. The four-bedroom apartment, which underwent a handful of price cuts since it was first listed for $13.4 million in 2007, was most recently on the market for $9.5 million before it went into contract last week. [Cityfile]
Tommy Hilfiger has taken his $50 million Plaza apartment off the market, and is now reportedly planning to move into the 6,000-square-foot duplex himself. [NYP]