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On May 6, 2024, luminaries of all stripes will descend on the Upper East Side for the Met Gala, also known as “the Oscars of the East Coast” and “fashion’s biggest night” for the celebrity attendees and their creative takes on the theme. This year’s theme is “The Garden of Time,” taken from a short story by J.G. Ballard, and the event is being held in celebration of a new Costume Institute exhibition called “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.” The historic garments are so old and delicate that they cannot safely be displayed on mannequins, but will be displayed via video animation, light projection, AI, and CGI.

Met Gala icon Rihanna has confirmed her attendance (though not her arrival time), and speculation is equally juicy about who will and will not be in attendance (sorry, not Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce). If you didn’t receive a coveted invitation, Vogue will live-stream the red carpet on all its digital platforms, including YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.

At the end of the night, some guests will retire to hotel rooms, but others will go home to their own beds – New York is home to several arts and business powerhouses. Met Gala co-chair Jennifer Lopez recently found a buyer for her NoMad penthouse, and we look at other celebrity purchases, sales, and listings from April 2024.

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123 Third Avenue
123 Third Avenue East Village
25 West 88th Street
25 West 88th Street Central Park West
42 Barrow Street
42 Barrow Street West Village
34 East 62nd Street
34 East 62nd Street Park/Fifth Ave. to 79th St.
50 East 10th Street
50 East 10th Street Greenwich Village

Rupert Murdoch — Relisted for $38,500,000

Rupert Murdoch's triplex penthouse One Madison, #PH (Compass); Rupert Murdoch ((David Shankbone - Own work, CC BY 3.0,
Penthouse interiors with staircase
Private terrace with skyline views
In March 2022, media mogul Rupert Murdoch listed a four-level spread on the upper levels of One Madison for a total of $78 million. A three-bedroom he owned went quickly; but two years, one divorce, two engagements, a new uptown apartment, and several price reductions later, the triplex penthouse is back on the market at a lower price than ever. Appraiser Jonathan Miller told Bloomberg, which announced the listing, that the penthouse’s polarizing owner may be a factor in its length of time on the market.

From the Listing:
At the pinnacle of One Madison, the Triplex Penthouse spans almost 7,000 square feet of expansive living space from the 58th to the 60th floor. The striking double-height windows offer panoramic 360-degree vistas of the skyline and both the East and Hudson Rivers. Providing an unparalleled viewpoint of Manhattan and its iconic structures.

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this residential marvel exudes sophistication and timeless elegance. The heart of this magnificent home is the double-height Great Room, with its soaring ceilings and a generous 586-square-foot terrace that invites entertaining against a backdrop of the city. The thoughtful floor plan also includes a formal dining room and a gourmet kitchen equipped with the finest appliances, complemented by a library and powder room on the main level for added sophistication.
7 Available Listings for Sale from $3,795,000
2 Available Listings for Rent from $38,000/month

Marcus Lemonis — Listed for $35,000,000

34 East 62nd Street
Living room with fireplace and arched windows 34 East 62nd Street, #TH (Modlin Group LLC); Marc Lemonis (Sandro Miller - Sandro Miller, CC BY-SA 4.0,
Kitchen with garden views
Private garden
The house at 34 East 62nd Street has attracted notoriety for two reasons: The house that originally stood on the site was blown up in a gas explosion during the owners’ bitter divorce, and its replacement was purchased by Marcus Lemonis, business executive/former CNBC host. The Wall Street Journal reports that he and his wife Bobbi are listing it for nearly double the $18 million they paid for it in 2021, but their broker estimates that between the sticker price and the subsequent remodel, it would come out relatively even if it sold for the ask.

From the Listing:
Perfectly positioned on East 62nd Street, moments from Madison Avenue and Central Park, this five bedroom, nine bath, five-story townhouse was built ground up and recently completed. 20 feet wide and spanning over 9,200 square feet, this house features an exceptional landscaped garden and a rooftop terrace comprised of the entire top level. Graced by a French Limestone façade and boasting stunning, bowed French windows and a slate mansard roof, this magnificent “entertainers” home is also outfitted with state-of-the-art construction and technology, representing a unique opportunity to own in Manhattan’s most coveted neighborhood.

Lee Child — Bought for $17,000,000

25 West 88th Street
Study with fireplace and built-ins 25 West 88th Street, #TH (Leslie J. Garfield); Lee Child (Mark Coggins, CC BY 2.0,
Living room with fireplace
Kitchen with staircase in background
Private garden
Well, that’s one mystery solved: The identity of the buyer of an Upper West Side townhouse renovated to Passive House standards. It was unavailable when it entered contract in March 2024, but the New York Post traced it to Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher books that inspired the hit TV show. The sale was recorded shortly before his previous residence, a co-op on Central Park West, entered contract.

From the Listing:
Designed by architects Thom & Wilson in 1889, 25 West 88th Street is one of the finest renovated single-family townhouses on the Upper West Side. This triple mint home is among the first in Manhattan to receive a national designation as a Platinum Certified LEED Home and Passive Energy Certification. Spread across over 8,000 square feet of interior living space and seven floors are six bedrooms plus several activity rooms leaving space for exercise, meditation and crafts.

Gisele Bundchen — Listed for $16,995,000

42 Barrow Street
Living room with fireplace 42 Barrow Street, #TH (Compass); Gisele Bundchen (Lili Ferraz - Lili Ferraz, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Living area and open kitchen
Private garden
Before supermodel Gisele Bundchen married former husband Tom Brady and moved to Tribeca, she lived in an Italianate brownstone townhouse in the Village following her breakup with Leonardo DiCaprio in 2005. When she sold it to the current owners for $12.95 million, or more than twice what she paid for it. The New York Post announced that it is back on the market.

From the Listing:
42 Barrow Street is a mint condition, renovated, 22.5 foot-wide brownstone in the heart of the West Village. Built in 1851 by Smith Woodruff Masons, this Italianate townhouse is rich in historic details while affording every imaginable modern amenity. With 4 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 2 powder rooms, 7 wood burning fireplaces, 5,300+ interior square feet, a 37 foot-deep garden and elevator, this home is situated on one of the most iconic blocks in the West Village. The home consists of 4 full living floors and a finished, high ceilinged basement. With new appliances, roof, leaded glass windows, Savant Home System and remote access, this home has the most discerning buyer in mind.

Rosie O'Donnell — Relisted for $7,500,000

Rosie O'Donnell's New York City penthouse Sterling Plaza, #PHA (Corcoran Group); Rosie O'Donnell ((David Shankbone - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Kitchen with center island
Private terrace with city views
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"And just like that," Rosie O’Donnell is back in the spotlight, and her apartment is back on the market. A few weeks before she announced her role in the Sex and the City spinoff, Robb Report announced that she had relisted her Midtown East penthouse less than a year after she initially listed it. She is poised to take a loss on it, having paid $8 million for it in 2017.

From the Listing:
Welcome to Penthouse A, where luxury meets convenience in the heart of Midtown East. This exquisite residence offers an unparalleled living experience, just shy of 3,400 square feet of meticulously designed space over three different levels with the piece de resistance, a 1,620 square foot roof deck. With four lavish bedrooms, three full bathrooms and unparalleled panoramic views of the iconic city skyline, this home exemplifies urban living at its finest.

The massive living room provides over 760 square feet of entertaining space and features a honed black granite wood burning fireplace, two seating areas, Russian wide plank oak floors, city and river vistas, top of the line millwork, custom architectural lighting, Savant sound and television system, and Nest controlled systems.
4 Available Listings for Sale from $880,000
1 Available Listing for Rent for $3,950/month

Jenna Lyons — Sold for $5,990,000

178 Garfield Place
178 Garfield Street Jenna Lyons 178 Garfield Place, #TH (Sotheby's International Realty); Jenna Lyons (VOGUE Taiwan -, CC BY 3.0,
Kitchen with patio access
Private terrace
In 2004, fashion executive/Real Housewife of New York Jenna Lyons sold her Park Slope townhouse to Erasure and Depeche Mode musician Vince Clarke for $4 million. Twenty years later, it has changed hands again, entering contract after only five weeks and closing for just under the ask in April. The New York Post announced the sale and identified the buyer as antitrust litigator John Harkrider.

From the Listing:
A historic 1880s home, meticulously preserved, and perfectly located on Garfield Place in Park Slope. This 20’ wide townhouse is a true classic, with many original details still intact. A recent modernization was overseen by the acclaimed designers Roman and Williams. Details include an open double parlor with 10’+/- ceilings, original shutters, beautiful plaster cornices and medallions, original aged pine floors, and 7 restored limestone mantels. Laid out over 4 floors plus a built-out cellar and sunny backyard, the home is packed with elegant charm. Last used as a recording studio, the 800-square-foot cellar is soundproofed and could serve as a media room, wine storage or home gym.

Ron Chernow — Bought for $4,999,000

Living room with Upper West Side views The Dakota, #45 (Douglas Elliman)
Interiors with fireplace and built-ins
Entrance gallery
Ron Chernow shot to prominence as the author of the biography that inspired Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton, but his resume also includes biographies of George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, and the Morgan and Warburg finance families. His appreciation for history extends to his choice of real estate – public records identify him as the buyer of an apartment at The Dakota.

From the Listing:
Welcome to an exquisite blend of classic elegance and modern luxury in the legendary Dakota. This exceptional 2-bedroom with a library or third bedroom, den, 2-bathrooms, formal dining room, and eat in kitchen offers a lifestyle of sophistication in one of the most iconic addresses in the world.

This home has wonderful historic character including soaring 13-foot ceilings, beautiful paneling and doors, stunning floors, classic moldings and wainscoting. Additional features include 3 fireplaces, a butler’s pantry with a wine refrigerator, washer, dryer, ample closet space and lovely views overlooking townhouses.

David Saint — Listed for $4,995,000

Living room with chandelier 123 Third Avenue, #15A (Brown Harris Stevens)
Interiors with dining area and piano
Private terrace with city views
Director David Saint is most famous for his tenure as artistic director of George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick; however, between his work on and off Broadway and a stint as a producer of the 2021 adaptation of West Side Story, he has close ties to New York as well. This includes a recently visited East Village penthouse large enough to accommodate the piano that belonged to his mentor, Arthur Laurents, and has hosted the likes of Steven Spielberg, Tyne Daly, and Marlo Thomas.

From the Listing:
Upon entering this one-of-a-kind duplex penthouse you will be surrounded by light and panoramic city views. The loft-style lower floor, with walls of glass and 11’ high ceilings, offers living room, dining area and kitchen, with three separate entrances to the 950-square-foot, carefully designed and landscaped wraparound terrace. The streamlined Poliform kitchen has caesarstone countertops as well as Miele and Sub-Zero appliances.

The first floor also contains a powder room and a separate storage area. The upper floor features a corner Primary Bedroom, wrapped in windows with hypnotic skyline views of the city, including the Empire State Building, The Con Edison Clock Tower, the Chrysler Building and the East River. Additionally, there is a large balcony for morning coffee or a nightcap and retractable blackout shades. A separate basement storage bin transfers with the apartment.
1 Available Listing for Sale for $4,995,000

Frank Sinatra — Listed for $4,450,000

249 East 62nd Street
Frank Sinatra Upper East Side townhouse 249 East 61st Street, #TH (Leslie J. Garfield); Frank Sinatra (Photograph by Capitol Records, per a credit found in the 1959 edition of the International Celebrity Register at page 696. No known source credits an individual photographer. - *Original source: DownBeat (November 28, 1957), page 15, appears to be the earliest publication. More of the photograph was shown in the 1959 publicity version. See
Dining room
Private garden
Despite performing the most famous version of “New York, New York,” Frank Sinatra declined to make the city his permanent home, keeping residences in Palm Springs and Los Angeles. He lived in a Lenox Hill townhouse from 1963 to 1969, longer than he was with ex-wife Mia Farrow (which a neighbor notes wasn't the happiest time), and sold the house after he wasn’t allowed to build a garage there. The family he sold it to kept it for more than 50 years, and the New York Post announced that it has been listed.

From the Listing:
Held within the family since Sinatra’s tenure, this distinguished townhouse presents a rare opportunity for restoration and renewal in the Treadwell Farm Historic District. Originally constructed in 1872 and later modified in 1919 by the renowned architect Frederick Sterner, this residence epitomizes timeless elegance and architectural distinction. Nestled within the heart of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the Treadwell Farm Historic District stands as a testament to the timeless elegance and rich heritage of New York City. Comprising a collection of meticulously preserved brownstones, townhouses, and mansions, this prestigious district exudes an aura of refined charm and architectural significance.

Phillip Lim — Bought for $2,430,000

Living room with beamed ceiling and fireplace 50 East 10th Street, #6B (Brown Harris Stevens)
Entrance gallery
Windowed kitchen
When award-winning fashion designer Phillip Lim listed his custom-designed Soho loft in fall 2023, he noted that he was spending more time at his Long Island home but hoped to find another renovation project in the city. Public records show that he has gotten his wish: a spacious apartment in a prewar building in the heart of Greenwich Village.

From the Listing:
Introducing 40-50 East 10th Street, Apartment 6B – A luxurious 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath pre-war renovated home that embodies a blend of industrial chic and timeless elegance. A wide entrance gallery leads to a perfectly proportioned living/dining room with 9-foot beamed ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, and a wall of classic casement windows with open views and brilliant southern light.

The attention to detail is evident throughout, from pale grey-blue oak flooring, to original stripped wood doors with their antique crystal knobs. Hand-crafted steel cabinetry and organic rough-hewn window sills add texture and warmth to the room and create a sense of timeless elegance that you will love to call home.

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