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When New York City went on lockdown almost three years ago, some predicted a mass exodus and the end of city life as we knew it. However, that has turned out to be most emphatically not the case: Notable figures continue to buy in the city, and some only leave a beloved apartment in the event of their deaths. We look at notable sales and purchases from February 11-17, 2023.

Howard Wolfson

225-West-86th-Street-01 The Belnord, #907 (Douglas Elliman)
Upper West Side condos
NYC condos
225 West 86th Street
Years after his service in the Bloomberg administration, which included a stint as New York City Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs and Communications, Howard Wolfson now serves as the education program lead of Bloomberg Philanthropies. He has also worked on campaigns for New York politicians like Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Hillary Clinton's first presidential run. Most recently, public records indicate that he has purchased an apartment in The Belnord.

From the Listing:
This stunning Robert AM Stern designed three bedroom, three and a half bathroom residence is generously distributed over 2,542 square feet, and epitomizes timeless glamour, luxury, and scale. Beauty abounds with vibrant east and west exposures, a sumptuous open floor plan with 10 foot ceilings, fully restored, oversized mahogany window frames, and white oak floors with chevron and plank patterns throughout.

Upon arrival, a formal entry foyer and gallery leads to the expansive great room, an exceptional setting to live, dine, and entertain. The state-of-the-art kitchen, custom designed by Molteni in collaboration with Robert A. M. Stern Architects, features Calacatta Gold marble countertops and backsplash. State-of-the-art appliances by Gaggenau and a 45-bottle Sub-Zero wine refrigerator complement the space. The enormous primary bedroom suite features an abundance of closet space and a spa-like, windowed primary bathroom, richly appointed in Siberian white slab marble with radiant heated floors.
10 Available Listings for Sale from $4,150,000

Siri von Reis

1136-Fifth-Avenue-01 1136 Fifth Avenue (CityRealty)
Fifth Avenue co-ops 1136 Fifth Avenue, #6B (Douglas Elliman)
Carnegie Hill co-ops
Upper East Side co-ops
Described as "the botanist from Bonwit's" in her heyday, model Siri von Reis's true passion was plants, having earned a doctorate from Harvard and devoted much of her career to botany. Appropriately enough, she chose to live across the street from Central Park. Following her death in August 2021, public records indicate that her estate has sold the apartment.

From the Listing:
This incredible residence features 70 feet of direct park frontage from all main rooms: primary bedroom, library, living room and en-suite guest bedroom, with majestic direct park and reservoir views. This grand and flexible classic 9 room lays out as a gracious 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom home with multiple options for additional layouts depending on one’s needs and lifestyle. Gut renovated in 2005, this exquisite home features large picture windows onto Fifth Avenue, central A/C and heat, a wood burning fireplace, an eat-in kitchen, a grand gallery, separate laundry and pantry area with double staff quarters which can be combined to create another en-suite bedroom. The semi-private landing holds only two units per floor. There is a separate service area just off the eat-in kitchen, and an abundance of closets and bookshelf built-ins throughout this rare and glorious estate.
1 Available Listing for Sale for $5,400,000

David Salama

144-West-27th-Street-01 144 West 27th Street, #4F (Douglas Elliman)
Chelsea condos
NYC condos
144 West 27th Street
In 2014, restauranteurs Jim Caiola and David Salama reopened Central Park institution Tavern on the Green, much to the delight of New Yorkers. Mr. Salama brought his eye for design to the restaurant, and he now brings it to a newly purchased Chelsea apartment.

From the Listing:
Extraordinary opportunity to own a classic Chelsea loft with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, home office, and den all sprawling over 2,800 square feet with 11-foot ceilings! Enter this sprawling home through a formal foyer that opens to a massive great room that includes a wall of oversized windows and a flexible layout. The enormous primary en-suite bedroom also includes a wall of windows and plenty of closet space with a beautifully renovated primary bath. Crossing the great room on the other side of the loft you will find two generously sized bedrooms, another bathroom, and a bonus room that could easily be your home office. This amazing home also feature washer/dryer and central air-conditioning.
1 Available Listing for Sale for $2,895,000

Ahmad Rahimian

695-First-Avenue-01 One United Nations Park, #32G (The Corcoran Group)
Murray Hill condos
First Avenue condos
NYC condos
As Director of Building Structures at WSP, Ahmad Rahimian has brought his expertise to One World Trade Center, Hearst Tower, and One57 in New York alone. However, he has chosen a slightly smaller scale for himself - public records show that he recently purchased at One United Nations Park.

From the Listing:
Residence 32G is a two bedroom, two and a half bathroom home with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. Ceilings over nine feet with floor-to-ceiling windows allow for maximum openness and natural light.

Designed by Meier Partners Architects, the residence interiors are a striking contrast to the black glass exterior, reflecting a white color palette. Living spaces are immersed in natural light radiating through the floor-to-ceiling windows. White oak floors are found in all residences and open kitchens boast white Calacatta Lincoln marble counters, Dornbracht fixtures and Gaggenau appliances clad in custom-crafted Italian white lacquer. Each residence is equipped with a built-in Crestron smart home system that regulates temperature, lighting and the motorized window shades. These functions can be seamlessly controlled by residents through any iOS or Android device.
10 Available Listings for Sale from $2,350,000
5 Available Listings for Rent from $4,400/month

William and Sakurako Fisher

795-Fifth-Avenue-01 The Pierre (CityRealty)
Fifth Avenue co-ops The Pierre, #812 (Coldwell Banker Warburg)
Upper East Side co-ops
NYC co-ops
Investor/philanthropist William Fisher has a professorship at alma mater Stanford University; his wife, Sakurako Fisher, has long served on the board of the San Francisco Symphony. These devoted West Coasters bought a pied-a-terre at The Pierre in 2007, but have recently sold it (all information per public records).

From the Listing:
Style, service and ultimate luxury come together at Apartment 812 at The Pierre. With hospitality equal to that of a fine hotel stay, this grand two-bedroom, two-bath apartment has all of the amenities of one of the world’s most notable hotel. Windows everywhere make you feel very much in the heart of the most elegant neighborhood in town. The master bedroom features an adjoining office, closets galore, and an elegant bath reminiscent of Paris. The large second bedroom easily accommodates 2 beds. The gracious living room, with double exposure, has Central Park views and is perfect for entertaining as well as enjoying time at home alone. The well-appointed kitchen and laundry room make this a perfect home for a short or long term stay. Amenities include full hotel staff, 24-hour doorman and concierge, valet services and fitness center, daily housekeeping included in maintenance.
5 Available Listings for Sale from $1,775,000

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