Katie Lee Lists; Ackman and Whoopi Sell

cityfile · 01/28/10 09:27AM

• Katie Lee, the cookbook author and ex-wife of Billy Joel, is reportedly putting the 4,000-square-foot townhouse at 23 Perry Street that she and Joel once shared—and which she bought from Joel for $3 million after their split last year—on the market. The four-bedroom manse is set to be listed with Dolly Lenz for $12.9 million. [NYP, photos]
• Hedge fund mogul Bill Ackman has closed on the sale of his three-bedroom co-op at the Majestic on Central Park West. The 3,000-square-foot apartment, which Ackman first listed for $10 million last April and which went into contract in November, sold for $7.1 million to Douglas Libby and Marianne Johnson. [Cityfile]
• Seven months after she put her loft at 101 Wooster Street on the market for $3.99 million, Whoopi Goldberg has closed on the sale of the two-bedroom pad. The 3,600-square-foot apartment, which went into contract in October, sold for $2.985 million to Ben Lerer and his wife Emily. Lerer is the founder of and the son of Ken Lerer, the new media investor and co-founder and chairman of the Huffington Post. [NYO]

Alexis Stewart Re-Lists in Tribeca

cityfile · 10/15/09 07:45AM

• Alexis Stewart is hoping the third time is the charm when it comes to unloading her apartment at 27 North Moore Street. The 3,884-square-foot duplex penthouse loft, which Stewart tried to sell for $12.4 million in both 2007 and 2008, was taken off the market most recently this past July. But now the apartment is back—and it's sporting a higher price tag, too. The loft is currently listed for $12.95 million with Prudential Douglas Elliman's Dolly Lenz. [Cityfile, PDE]
• Jude Law is renting a three-bedroom apartment at the Novare on West 4th Street. What he's paying for the rental isn't clear, but the 3,500-square-foot apartment is up for sale for $7.8 million if you're interested. [NYP, BHS]

Pharma Exec Lists 15 CPW Duplex

cityfile · 07/27/09 07:15AM

• An official listing has surfaced for pharmaceutical executive Richard Ullman's duplex penthouse at 15 CPW. The 18-19th floor apartment, which was rumored to be up for sale for as much as $90 million last year and $75 million last November, can now be yours for $55 million. [NYT, PDE]
• Jeff Urwin, the former co-head of investment banking at Bear Stearns, has taken $6.75 million off the price of his townhouse at 15 East 80th Street. The 21-foot-wide house is now listed for $26 million with Corcoran's Carrie Chiang. [NYO, Corcoran]
• Peter Rockefeller, a Rockefeller heir and managing director at Berkshire Capital, and his wife Allison have picked up a duplex apartment at 130 East 67th Street for $3.5 million. That's 56 percent less than what the 10-room co-op was first listed for in June 2008. [NYT]

Greek Shipping Heir Raises Prices On East 67th

cityfile · 07/21/09 07:31AM

• Michael Lemos, the son of a Greek shipping tycoon, isn't letting the dour real estate market get to his head. The London-based heir has raising the price of his full-floor apartment at 2 East 67th Street even though it's been sitting on the market for more than a year. The fifth-floor co-op, which went on the market for $34.9 million in May 2008 and was increased to $39.5 million last July, is now listed with Dolly Lenz for $45 million. [Cityfile, PDE]
• Och-Ziff chief financial officer Joel Frank and his wife Lynn paid $9.4 million for a third-floor condo at 15 CPW last October. But now they're buying an apartment downtown, too. The couple picked up 1,200-square-foot pad at 99 Jane Street for $1.5 million. [Curbed]
• David Schrader, a former senior managing director at Bear Stearns, has sold his 12th-floor apartment at 30 Fifth Avenue for $1.95 million. [Cityfile]

Vogue's Grace Coddington Sells Village Apartment

cityfile · 06/18/09 07:35AM

Vogue creative director Grace Coddington has sold her West Village apartment nearly a year after picking up a loft in Chelsea. The buyer of the condo, which Coddington bought back in 1987: Josephine de la Baume, the model, actress and girlfriend of Mark Ronson, who paid $1.45 million for the 1,100-square-foot apartment. [Cityfile]
• Investor Derek Quinlan has lowered the price of his mansion at 20 East 64th Street. The 13,000-square-foot home, which Quinlan bought from investment banker Roberto de Guardiola and his wife Joanne for $26.25 million in 2006 and put on the market with Dolly Lenz and Monique Silberman for $37 million in April, is now priced at $32 million. [NYP, PDE]
• Roxanne Quimby, co-founder of Burt's Bees, has picked up a pied-à-terre. The Maine-based entrepreneur paid $1.025 million for a one-bedroom condo in the Printing House building at 421 Hudson Street. [Cityfile]

The Friday Party Report

cityfile · 06/12/09 03:01PM

The Four Seasons celebrated its 50th anniversary last night and a predictably large crowd of media personalities, politicos, and powerbrokers turned out for the occasion. Just a few of the people on hand to celebrate the event with co-owners Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder (left, Erin Fetherston): Barry Diller, Nicole Miller, Ralph Lauren, Mort Zuckerman, Ray and Veronica Kelly, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., David and Joyce Dinkins, Henry Kissinger, Aby and Samantha Rosen, Dolly Lenz, Tim and Nina Zagat, Steve Schwarzman, Fern Mallis, Jay McInerney, Jeffrey and Linda Chodorow, Steve Newhouse and Gina Sanders, Albert Maysles, Ruth Reichl, Robert Burke, Linda Fargo, Star Jones and Herb Wilson, Thom Browne, Don Marron, Drew Nieporent, John Gutfreund, Chuck Scarborough, Cindi Leive and Howard Bernstein, Terry Allen Kramer, Marjorie Gubelmann, Marina Rust Connor, and Salman Rushdie and girlfriend Pia Glenn. [PMc, Wireimage, NYO, Paper]

Murdoch Re-Lists, Julia Roberts Rents in the Village

cityfile · 06/08/09 07:52AM

Rupert Murdoch's Centre Island estate is back on the market. The 11-bedroom Rosehearty mansion, which Murdoch and wife Wendi Deng pulled off the market last October, has been re-listed with Dolly Lenz for $12.8 million. The five-acre estate isn't sitting empty while the couple wait for a buyer, though: As Newsday first reported back in April—and as this week's New York confirms—Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are renting it for more than $100,000 a month. [NYM, PDE]
• Norman Reedus—the actor, model, and father of Helena Christensen's son Mingus—has paid $1.75 million for a two-bedroom loft in the Machinery Exchange building at 136 Baxter St. [Cityfile]
• Julia Roberts is renting two apartments at 1 Morton Square this summer while she's in NYC to film Eat, Pray, Love. She's reportedly paying a combined $50,000-a-month for the two pads, one of which is for her nanny and staff. [P6]

The Friday Party Report

cityfile · 06/05/09 04:17PM

The Cinema Society and Details magazine hosted a screening of The Hangover last night at the Tribeca Grand, which was followed by an afterparty at the Soho Grand. Details editor Dan Peres, Cinema Society's Andrew Saffir, and Bradley Cooper and Justin Bartha, who both appear in the film, welcomed Rachel Roy, Amy Sacco (left), Nicole Miller, Will Arnett, Zach Braff, Gerard Butler, Molly Sims, Chris Meloni, Caroline Rhea, Alan Cumming, Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss, Albert Hammond Jr., Jill Hennessy, Jesse Eisenberg, Hilary Rhoda, Dan Abrams, Danny Masterson, Byrdie Bell, Kelly Bensimon, Rob and Marisol Thomas, Caroline Winberg, and Doutzen Kroes, Alexandra Richards, and Paula Abdul. [PMC, WWD, Wireimage, VF]

The Indestructible Dolly Lenz

cityfile · 02/11/09 01:32PM

Dolly Lenz set records in 2006 when she sold an astounding $748 million worth of real estate. (Or so she claims, at least.) Max Abelson files a report in this week's Observer about Dolly's much rockier 2008-09 and the decision to drop the Blackberry-obsessed broker from three very high-profile new projects in recent months. But Dolly's recent stumbles won't prevent her from stepping up to the podium at the Pierre tomorrow night when Prudential Douglas Elliman's hands out its "Broker of the Year" award: "Just as it's been since Dottie Herman and Howard Lorber bought the company in 2003, and as it will be until the day onyx bathrooms and heated-floor kitchens all cease to exist, the award will go to Dolly Lenz." [NYO]

Dolly Lenz's Blackberry Collection Continues to Expand

cityfile · 11/10/08 01:14PM

New York's most successful real estate broker, Dolly Lenz, has never been known for her modesty. And don't think for a minute that the falling real estate market has put a damper on her taste for exaggeration. In the current issue of ForbesLife, Lenz keeps up the tradition of hyperbole as she rattles off all sorts of impressive facts about her day-to-day routine. Back in 2007, for example, she said she owned three Blackberrys to keep in touch with her clients at all times. By February 2008, her collection had grown to four. Now? The one-time Blackberry spokesmodel now says she keeps 12 of them with her.

Renée Adds Another Apartment to Her Portfolio

cityfile · 08/13/08 08:27AM
  • Renée Zellweger has paid $2.8 million for a second-floor apartment at 24 East 82nd Street, making it the third unit she's bought in the building since 2007. The seller was Ruth Tyrangiel, one of Bob Dylan's former lovers. [NYO]

Goodbye, Dolly?

cityfile · 05/27/08 12:15PM

The top real estate broker in the solar system, Prudential Douglas Elliman's Dolly Lenz, may be leaving her job—and not of her own accord, either! That's the scuttlebutt Rush & Molloy relay this morning, saying that Lenz and Elliman's co-owner, her onetime BFF Howard Lorber, are now on the outs: they conspicuously avoided each other at Elliman's intra-company awards ceremony two weeks ago and they don't even share grotesquely overpriced dinners at Cipriani anymore. Harsh! The News gossips called the hyperbole-prone Lenz for comment and she denied everything, of course, and also took the opportunity to clarify that she owns"in excess of nine" Blackberrys, not a measly five. We await the inevitable "Hello, Dolly" headlines when she and her ever-expanding sack of Blackberrys resurface at Corcoran.

Models on the Move

cityfile · 05/22/08 07:54AM
  • Lily Donaldson, the 21-year-old Vogue cover girl, plunked down $2.2 million on an apartment on Avenue B. Perhaps not coincidentally, she now has about six bars in a three-block radius. [Observer]

Dolly Lenz

cityfile · 01/25/08 11:29PM

The vice chairman of Prudential Douglas Elliman, Lenz is the top real estate broker in the city and the United States.

The new AOL/TW building

Gawker · 01/29/03 05:07PM

The Observer's Tom McGeveran looks at the monstrous building that AOL/TW will be moving into sometime this fallassuming they're still around, what with having lost a mere $44.9 billion this quarter. At $1.8 billion, it's the most expensive single-building construction project in the history of the U.S., and it's designed to be a sort of self-contained city. "It will be possible for the [condominium] owners feet to literally never touch the ground, if they re so inclined," says Dolly Lenz, senior vice president of Insignia Douglas Elliman.
The glass menagerie [Observer]