Manhattan's Strangest Building Opened Its Doors to Fancy Art Snobs Only

Andy Cush · 05/18/15 11:13AM

By about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, throngs of eager New Yorkers were assembled outside 190 Bowery, hoping for access to a just-announced art show inside the 150-year-old former bank building. First Show / Last Show was celebrated as a chance for the public to see inside 190—which has been mostly inaccessible for decades—before the arrival of its new tenants. Not many people got in.

Tara Reid Finally Lands a Rich Husband, But Which One?

Maureen O'Connor · 08/15/11 10:55AM

Tara Reid married one of her rich boyfriends, but even her publicist isn't sure which one. Jessica Alba gives birth to a daughter named "Haven." Kate Hudson debuts baby "Bing." Julian Schnabel attacks his ex. Monday gossip is updated.

Richard Gere Seals the Deal at Palazzo Chupi

cityfile · 12/21/09 09:14AM

• Two weeks after it was reported that Richard Gere had found a buyer for his condo at Julian Schnabel's Palazzo Chupi, city property records indicate he's closed on the deal. Gere sold the 3,500-square-foot pad for $11 million, which is $1 million less than what he paid for it and $6.995 million less than what he was seeking when he first put the apartment on the market last year. As for who will be moving into Gere's former pad, he/she remains a mystery for the moment: The buyer is listed on the deed as Mercator 360 LLC. [Curbed]
• Brian Brille, Bank of America's former head of investment banking and its newly appointed Asia-Pacific chief, has closed on the sale of his 5,473-square-foot apartment at Trump Park Avenue for $14 million. Brille went into contract to sell the third-floor condo in October. [Real Deal, previously]
• Martin Begun, the husband of real estate marketing guru Louise Sunshine, has gone into contract to sell his 36th-floor apartment at One Beacon Court. The two-bedroom condo, which Sunshine's real estate broker son, Sam, listed for $6.75 million last month, is being picked up by a former JPMorgan investment banker who already owns an apartment in the building. [NYT]

Schnabel Sells Palazzo Chupi Triplex

cityfile · 10/26/09 07:48AM

Julian Schnabel has finally unloaded the triplex penthouse at his pink-hued Palazzo Chupi on West 11th Street. Originally listed for $32 million back in 2008, it sold for $10.5 million to Bill Brady, the head of Credit Suisse's technology banking practice. It's the second unit Brady has purchased in the building; he paid $15.5 million for another apartment three years ago. As for Brady's previous abode—a duplex at 744 Greenwich—he sold that place to Google co-founder Sergey Brin last September for $8 million. [NYO]
• Investor Keith Gollust has closed on the sale of his townhouse at 11 East 82nd Street. The 25-foot-wide building, which financier Ron Perelman once owned, had been on the market for $29.5 million when it went into contract last month. It sold to an unidentified buyer for $24.45 million. [Cityfile]

Happy Birthday

cityfile · 10/26/09 06:53AM

Hillary Clinton turns 62 today. Julian Schnabel is turning 58. Dylan McDermott is 48. Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder is turning 32. Keith Urban is 42. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is turning 36. Rita Wilson is 53. Novelist Marisha Pessl is 32. Times theater critic Ben Brantley turns 55. Singer Natalie Merchant is turning 46. Jaclyn Smith of Charlie's Angels fame is 62. And game show host Pat Sajak turns 63 today.

Nic Cage Finds a Buyer, Rockets Owner Is a Flipper

cityfile · 10/02/09 07:30AM

• A month after he received two offers on his Olympic Tower pad, Nic Cage has gone into contract to sell the 3,550-square-feet apartment. The 48th-floor condo, which Cage bought in 2004-5 for $5.5 million, had been most recently listed for $9.75 million. [WSJ, BHS]
• Well, that was fast. Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has put his penthouse at the Superior Ink building back on the market less than one week after buying it for $25 million. The 6,321-square-foot apartment is now listed with broker Dolly Lenz for a whopping $39.5 million. [Curbed, PDE]
• Artist Bruce Robbins has dropped the price of his three-bedroom loft at 43 Clarkson Street for the second time since first listing it for $4.895 million back in 2008. The 2,800-square-foot apartment, which is located in the same building where fellow artist Julian Schnabel once lived, is listed with Elliman's Darren Sukenik for $3.249 million. [Cityfile, PDE]

Mischa Barton Restrained, Kanye West Unleashed

cityfile · 09/14/09 06:04AM

• Poor Mischa Barton hasn't been having much fun since she arrived in NYC a few weeks ago. She says she's been "ordered to stay away from booze, boys and bad behavior following her brief hospitalization this summer." She's been allowed one vice, though: "All I can do is smoke cigarettes," she says. [P6]
• Chace Crawford and Bar Refaeli were spotted getting cozy on Friday night at 1Oak. [NYDN]
• Ashley Dupre has a new single out. She also tells the Post in an "exclusive interview and fashion shoot" that she wants to get married, have "at least two children," and be happy forever after. [NYP]
• As you've undoubtedly seen/heard by now, Kanye West stormed the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards to interrupt Taylor Swift as she was accepting her award for Best Female Video. [NYDN, People, NYP]

John Mack Picks Up East 70th Townhouse

cityfile · 09/04/09 07:02AM

• Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack and his wife Christy appear to be the mystery buyers behind last month's purchase of the limestone carriage house at 165 East 70th Street. The 107-year-old home, which was sold to Mack in "distressed condition" for $13.5 million—and which comes with a 12-car garage, believe it or not—was purchased from Bunny Mellon, the 99-year-old widow of philanthropist Paul Mellon. [NYO]
• Sandy Gallin, the Hollywood talent manager-turned-serial house flipper, is at it again. The onetime manager of stars like Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand, Gallin has placed his 14-acre estate in Bridgehampton on the market for $32 million. [WSJ, Saunders]
• Steve Black, co-CEO of JP Morgan's investment banking division, has sold his estate in Greenwich for $18.9 million. The English-style mansion, which Black bought for $13.75 million in 2001, had been "quietly" on the market for $21 million. The buyer is believed to be to be investor Gerhard Andlinger. [WSJ]

Asness Sells, More Cuts at Chupi

cityfile · 06/25/09 07:54AM

• Hedge fund manager Cliff Asness won't have an apartment to stay in when he makes occasional trips to Manhattan from his home in Greenwich. Or at least he won't have the apartment at The Oxford on East 72nd Street that he bought back in 2002 and has owned till now. Asness has sold the 35th floor apartment for $1.55 million. [Cityfile]
• James Luikart, executive vice president of the private equity firm Jeffries Capital Partners, has paid $7.8 million for an 18th floor apartment at 170 East End Avenue. He and his wife also picked up a ground-floor studio in the building for an additional $500,000. [Cityfile]
• Things haven't been going well at Julian Schnabel's Palazzo Chupi. And they're not getting any better. The price of the combined triplex and duplex has been cut to $27.9 million, which is $10.1 million less than its last listing price of $38 million, or roughly $31 million less than its original asking price of $59 million. [NYP]

Three Dreier Properties Will Soon Be For Sale

cityfile · 05/01/09 07:38AM

• Three of disgraced lawyer Marc Dreier's Hamptons homes—including two neighboring mansions on Dune Road in East Quogue and a rundown Westhampton house—are about to hit the market. The East Quogue estates are expected to be listed together for around $12.5 million. [NYP]
• Lisa Bonder Kerkorian, the ex-wife of billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, has gone into contract to sell her Bridgehampton mansion. Originally listed for $16.3 million, the 10,000-square-foot manse is reportedly selling for under its most recent asking price of $7.9 million. [P6, Corcoran]
• Hedge funder Jason Capello paid $15.45 million for a four-bedroom condo at 40 East 66th Street. In January, he sold his 72nd floor apartment at the Time Warner Center for $16.25 million. [Real Deal]
• Former Yankee Bobby Abreu has put his 37th-floor condo at One Beacon Court on the market $7.9 million, which happens to be the same price he listed it for just last year. [Curbed, PDE]

$37 Million Townhouse Hits the Market

cityfile · 04/27/09 07:45AM

• Irish investor Derek Quinlan, who paid $26.25 million for the townhouse at 20 East 64th Street in 2006, and then later put it up for rent for $90,000-a-month, has now put the home up for sale with Dolly Lenz and Monique Silberman for $37 million. [Cityfile, PDE]
• CBS newsman Charles Osgood and his wife Jean have put their 5,100-square-foot apartment at the Osbourne at 205 West 57th Street on the market for $7.9 million. [NYT, Sotheby's]

Matt Bounces Back, Retirement Rumors for Babs

cityfile · 03/25/09 05:37AM

Matt Lauer's "deer incident" won't keep him down for long. He's reportedly in "good spirits" after undergoing surgery yesterday to repair a separated shoulder and will be back to work in a few days. [Star]
• How did Bruce Willis meet his new wife, Emma Heming? He picked her out during a casting call, just like any normal person. [P6]
• Lindsay Lohan is sick of "people telling lies" about her since she's "really a good person" who just wants to put in a honest day's work. Got that? Good. [People, Us]
Barbara Walters is planning to quit ABC in the near future so she can "spend more time with her boyfriend, Dr. Robert Butler." Or at least that's what "industry insiders" are telling the Enquirer. [NE]
• The cutbacks at Condé Nast continue: Editors like David Remnick and Ruth Reichl have been forced to take the subway! [NYP]

Eating & Drinking: Wednesday Edition

cityfile · 02/25/09 04:05PM

• Starting in 2010, all restaurants will have an inspection grade—a blue A, a green B or a yellow C—posted in the window. It's official: NYC is now LA! [NYT]
• The UWS branch of Fatty Crab opens next week. [GS]
• The John Dory begins brunch service this weekend. [TONY]
• A peek at Julian Schnabel's private dining room at the Old Homestead. [GS]
• Brooklyn's Buttermilk Channel gets a one-star in this week's Times. [NYT]
• Inakaya opens in Midtown tomorrow. [Eater]
• Chef Joël Antunes has "parted ways" with the god-awful Oak Room. [GS]
• Limelight may reopen as a store. (And, no, not a drugstore.) [NYO]
• Please excuse the Post's Steve Cuozzo. He's in a bad mood today. [NYP]

A-Rod Hovers Over Madonna's Home Plate

Ryan Tate · 02/25/09 06:39AM

"Cozy" is not the same as "together." But we can still wonder why Owen Wilson is sitting next to Kate Hudson, or if Alex Rodriguez is again flirting with Madonna via the idea of being her neighbor.