CNN's Ali Velshi Picks Up a Pad on the UWS

cityfile · 01/26/10 09:01AM

• CNN anchor and chief business correspondent Ali Velshi has picked up a new apartment on the Upper West Side. Velshi and his new wife, portfolio manager Lori Wachs, paid $1.85 million for an apartment at The Harrison at 205 West 76th Street. The couple scored a deal, too. The two-bedroom condo went on the market for $2.65 million back in 2008. [Cityfile]
Luke and Julie Janklow have officially closed on the sale of their West Village townhouse. The 25-foot-wide home at 16 West 12th Street, which first went on the market for $24.975 million last year, had been listed for $17.95 million when it went into contract earlier this month. It sold to developer Ara Hovnanian and his wife Rachel for $15.35 million. [NYO]
• Adriana Mnuchin, the wife of ex-banker/art impresario Bob Mnuchin, has sold a fifth-floor apartment at 956 Fifth Avenue for $7.5 million. She won't need to worry about moving, though. Mnuchin and her husband paid $20 million for a much larger apartment at 944 Fifth back in 2008. [Cityfile]

The Janklows Find a Buyer; A Big Listing at TWC

cityfile · 01/07/10 09:49AM

• The townhouse once occupied by Luke and Julie Janklow has finally found a buyer. The divorcing couple put the home located at 16 West 12th Street on the market nearly a year ago for $24.975 million. Now real estate developer Ara Hovnanian and his wife Rachel, who sold their sprawling co-op at 820 Fifth Avenue late last year, have reportedly closed on a deal to purchase the 25-foot-wide home. The manse had been listed most recently for $17.95 million. [NYP, BHS, previously]
• Bankrupt gallery owner Larry Salander has cut $1 million off the price of his townhouse at 63 East 82nd Street. The 9,200-square-foot manse, which the alleged art swindler bought for $4.75 million in 2004, was originally listed for $25 million before it was was dropped down to $15.995 last April. It's now listed for the bargain basement price of $14.995 million. [Cityfile, LJG]
• Two neighboring units at the Time Warner Center have come on the market for a combined $57.5 million. Psychic company founder Steven Feder has put his four-bedroom, 75th-floor apartment on the market for $34.95 million (or $10.47 million more than what he paid for it in 2008). Meanwhile, his downstairs neighbor, venture capitalist Doug Von Allmen, his duplex pad on the market for $18.45 million. The apartments can be purchased separately. Or you can combine 'em for a $4.1 million premium. [NYP]

The Janklows Cut, Dolce Buys & A Housewife Lists

cityfile · 10/05/09 07:42AM

Luke and Julie Janklow have lowered the price of their West 12th Street townhouse for the second time since listing it for $24.975 million in January. The 25-foot-wide manse, which the Janklows purchased from Andre Balazs and ex-wife Katie Ford for $4.5 million in 2004, is now listed with broker Paula del Nunzio for $17.95 million. [Cityfile, BHS]
• Shire Realty CEO Rena Shulsky has put her penthouse at 812 Fifth Avenue on the market. The three-bedroom co-op, which Shulsky purchased two years ago for $9.23 million, is currently listed for $11.75 million. [Cityfile, PDE]
• Investor Enrique Foster Gittes is at it again. Nearly two months after he dropped the price of his townhouse at 12 East 63rd Street for the third time, he has now decided to raise the price by $2.5 million. The 13,000-square-foot mansion is now listed for $23 million. [Cityfile, BHS]
• Designer Domenico Dolce has closed on two penthouse units at the Annabelle Selldorf-designed "Sky Garage" building. Dolce paid a combined $29 million for the two spreads (with a total of 7,500 square feet of living space) at 200 11th Avenue through an entity called Cinquantotto LLC. [Real Deal, NYP]
• Danielle Staub, one of the stars of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, has listed her home in Wayne, NJ for $1.45 million. [Zillow]

The Janklows Cut Prices, Another Buyer at 895 Park

cityfile · 07/15/09 07:34AM

• Literary agent Luke Janklow and his Julie, who runs the restaurant Sweetiepie, have lowered the price of their townhouse at 16 West 12th Street, six months after putting it on the market with Paula Del Nunzio for $24.975 million. The 8,100-square-foot home, which the couple bought from Andre Balazs and Katie Ford for $4.5 million in 2004, is now priced at $19.5 million. [Cityfile, BHS]
• The $15.5 million triplex penthouse at 895 Park that belonged to the late fashion titan/movie producer Charles Evans has gone into contract—again. Over the past few months, the building's notoriously difficult co-op board has turned down three potential buyers. Now a fourth person has come along to give it a shot. Good luck! [Cityfile, Stribling, previously]

The Housewives Are Crumbling Before Our Very Eyes

cityfile · 04/01/09 06:29AM

• It's been a bumpy stretch for the cast of the Real Housewives of NYC, hasn't it? In today's dose of bad news, it seems Ramona Singer's TV antics have made her "persona non grata" at her daughter's UES school (nor is she making any friends in Palm Beach); and it appears both Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Luann de Lesseps are now being forced to sell their Hamptons houses. [P6, Page2Live]
Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel are expecting their first baby. [Insider]
• Whitney Port says she breaks down "a couple of times a week" due to the stress of reality TV fame. She also says she and Olivia Palermo "never hang out off-screen," which you could have probably guessed. [P6]
• It looks like Luke and Julie Janklow have reconciled. Following their breakup —and brief flings with Jessica Joffe and Scott Murphy—they appear to be back together, and were spotted kissing at Sweetiepie over the weekend. [P6]

Luke Janklow's New Flame: Jessica Joffe!

cityfile · 02/02/09 12:40PM

The news that Luke Janklow and his wife Julie were divorcing first surfaced two weeks ago, and last week the couple's townhouse hit the market for $24.95 million. But the literary agent to the rich and famous (such as Anderson Cooper and Gwyneth Paltrow) hasn't been sitting at home mourning the dissolution of his marriage. We hear that Janklow is now dating Jessica Joffe, the flame-tressed social scenester and occasional model/writer who was famously involved with singer Ryan Adams until last year.

Janklow Townhouse Hits the Market

cityfile · 01/26/09 06:30PM

Two weeks ago, Page Six reported that lit agent Luke Janklow and his wife, Julie, the founder of the restaurant Sweetiepie in the West Village, were splitting up. "Real estate brokers are already eyeing the couple's magnificent townhouse nearby," the column quipped. It looks like Paula Del Nunzio of Brown Harris Stevens ended up winning the beauty contest. Today she posted the listing for 16 West 12th Street, which the Janklows bought for $4.5 million in 2004 from another divorcing couple, hotelier Andre Balazs and Ford Models CEO Katie Ford. The home is now on the market for $24.975 million; you can take a look around the stunning townhouse after the jump.

Naomi Settles

cityfile · 01/15/09 06:31AM

Naomi Campbell has settled a lawsuit by a former maid who alleged the world's most temperamental supermodel threw her phone at her head after she failed to find a pair of misplaced jeans back in 2006. [NYDN]
• Casey Johnson and Courtenay Semel appear to have made up following their violent brawl. They're heading to Sundance together. [P6]
• Guy Ritchie spent time at Madonna's apartment on Tuesday. Not because they're reconciling, but because Madonna's daughter Lourdes insisted on it. [NYDN]
George Soros has a new "friend," a model 50 years his junior named Kate Gibbs. This is what she looks like, just in case you're curious. [P6]
• Book agent and man-about-town Luke Janklow and his wife, Sweetiepie owner Julie Janklow, appear to be headed for divorce. [P6]

Luke Janklow

cityfile · 02/03/08 09:33PM

The man who got Anderson Cooper $1 million for his memoir, Luke Janklow is a literary agent at the mid-size agency Janklow & Nesbit. His father is Mort Janklow.