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With many celebrities and executives waiting out the darkest days of the coronavirus pandemic from outside the city, some wondered if this was the beginning of the end of New York. One year later, though, New York is on the way to a full reopening. Broadway is expected to start reopening in September, live events will be a part of this year's Tribeca Film Festival, and filming is permitted to resume at full capacity. Meanwhile, the city continues to attract luminaries of all stripes. Read on for details on April's top celebrity deals.

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519 East 84th Street
519 East 84th Street Yorkville
The Soho Gallery Building, 420 West Broadway
The Soho Gallery Building, 420 West Broadway SoHo
161 Hudson Street
161 Hudson Street Tribeca
Brownstone Lane, 309 West 118th Street
Brownstone Lane, 309 West 118th Street Harlem
63 Greene Street
63 Greene Street SoHo

1. Ron Perelman - Listed for $60,000,000

After a few quiet showings last fall, billionaire investor Ron Perelman has officially listed his sprawling Upper East Side townhouse as part of a strategy to “simplify” his life. The New York Post observes that a smaller, connected townhouse is neither on the market nor available on its own, but could be available to the purchaser of this townhouse.

From the listing:
Prominently situated mid-block on an especially picturesque tree-lined Upper East Side street, this exceptionally wide and gorgeous Neo-Georgian mansion has a stately presence that conveys a sense of quiet and understated magnificence. Distinctive features include a classic limestone and red brick facade that is enhanced by beautifully articulated stone ornamentation, and a handsome three-story bow front. This is a house with extraordinary presence, yet it flawlessly maintains a sense of warmth and intimacy that extends to the interior as well.

Entry into the residence is through wrought iron portals, flanking two sets of double wide doors. The lovely limed oak paneled gallery beyond yields glimpses of an absolutely stunning stair hallway, that boasts an extraordinarily gracious and elegant original staircase. The first floor is completed by a book-lined study, a marvelous family room, a large breakfast room, an immaculate eat-in kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, and a charming garden replete with a waterfall and glass pavilion.

2. Bette Midler - Entered contract at $50,000,000

In the years that Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning entertainer Bette Midler and her husband Martin von Hasleberg (not pictured) have lived in their triplex penthouse at 1125 Fifth Avenue, a prewar Emery Roth design, the home has been combined and renovated into a “country house in the city” with abundant private terraces and views of the outdoor space she holds close to her heart. The empty nester couple listed the home for $50 million in September 2019 with the intention of downsizing to a smaller New York apartment. Most recently, The Wall Street Journal announced that they had found a buyer.

From the listing:
This magnificent and impressive 14-room penthouse occupies the top three floors of one of Fifth Avenue's finest full service prewar cooperative buildings on Carnegie Hill. The residence offers spectacular views of Central Park, the Reservoir and the iconic Manhattan skyline. Abundant sunlight streams in throughout the day from all four exposures.

Upon arrival, a private elevator landing opens onto a large open gallery flooded with southern light. The gallery flows into an impressive and vast 70 foot sweep of entertaining space with exceptionally high ceilings. This ideal entertaining space includes a double living room, large open dining room, and a sun-drenched renovated eat-in-kitchen.

3. Adolph Green and Phyllis Newman - Entered contract at $19,500,000

211-Central-Park-West-01 The Beresford via Brown Harris Stevens
“New York, New York, a visitor’s place/Where no one lives on account of the pace” - The writer of the On the Town version of "New York, New York" would beg to differ: Lyricist Adolph Green, whose standards include “Just in Time” and “The Party’s Over,” lived in a duplex at The Beresford with his wife, stage actress Phyllis Newman, from the early 1960s until his death in 2002; in between, they entertained such luminaries as Lauren Bacall, Groucho Marx, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne, and neighbors Glenn Close and Isaac Stern. Following Ms. Newman’s death in September 2019, the apartment described as “a theatrical museum” was listed, and entered contract in April 2021.

From the listing:
Perhaps only once in a lifetime is a home as magical as this available. An apartment that truly has it all; four major rooms with sweeping Central Park and Manhattan skyline views, a 600-square-foot terrace off the living room and library, light in all directions, a naturally occurring duplex with majestic prewar details, and one of the most prized addresses in Manhattan. Apartment 19E has not been available for 60 years - who knows when it will be again!

Off a semi private landing, the public rooms radiate off a grand foyer with a beautiful original staircase. The oversized living room has two exposures including direct Central Park views, access to the terrace, and a wood burning fireplace. The adjacent library also enjoys perfect Park views, terrace access and has a full bathroom that also functions as a powder room.
The Beresford has 6 available listings from $3.9M.

4. Leslie J. Garfield - Sold for $15,200,000

313-West-4th-Street-01 All images of 313 West 4th Street via Leslie J. Garfield
Leslie J. Garfield’s eponymous brokerage is known for its townhouse listings, and its founder has always admired them: Mr. Garfield bought a West Village property as an investment in 1969, and sold it to developer David Slaven for $7.65 million in December 2015. Mr. Slaven then embarked on a meticulous renovation that brought the home up to modern standards while carefully preserving historic details. The most recent all-cash buyer has not been identified, but the New York Post named the listing brokers as Matthew Lesser, Ravi Kantha, and Matthew Pravda of Leslie J. Garfield.

From the listing:
With careful reverence paid to the home's historic past, 313 West 4th Street has undergone a meticulous two-year renovation. A flexible five-bedroom and seven-bathroom home, this 20-foot wide, four and a half-story plus finished basement residence now features approximately 5,300 square feet of sumptuous living space alongside 800 square feet of private outdoor space. Originally constructed in 1836, the home sits among one of the oldest intact blockfronts in the West Village. Constructed in the Greek Revival style, this stunning townhome has been called the "best preserved" house in the row by the historic district report.

The parlor level opens to a stunning glass-and-steel foyer, laid with marble. Herringbone quarter-sewn white oak floors adorn a large rear living room, which features a wall of atelier-style windows and a handsome wood-burning fireplace. A helical staircase curves elegantly from level to level, while the elevator services the basement to the 4th floor. Smart home features are integrated throughout this well-planned residence, as well as a comprehensive security system and Lutron lighting. Full-house humidification, wall sensors with individual thermostats for each room, and radiant heat flooring under hard surfaces provide year-round comfort. Additionally, the entire home is wired for sound with Bowers & Wilkins speakers.

5. Jon Stewart - Sold for $13,000,002

161-Hudson-Street-01 161 Hudson Street via Compass
In 2014, shortly before his time as the host of The Daily Show drew to a close, comedian Jon Stewart sold his Tribeca duplex penthouse for $17.5 million. The penthouse has changed hands again, but at a lower price - The Real Deal notes that it came in nearly 26% less than the sellers paid for it.

From the listing:
This exquisite Monique Gibson-designed, mint, move-in light-flooded condominium duplex penthouse blends the grand scale of loft living with apartment conveniences with open, protected exposures to the east, north, and west. Enter via a welcoming foyer that leads you past steel and glass French doors that open into an enormous corner living room, over 37 feet in length with 8 over-sized windows that flood this room with light, several of them facing St. John's Park. This room boasts a wall of expertly crafted shelves and storage and references its industrial past with exposed columns and beams. A large open kitchen with a pantry has been expertly equipped with a grand counter as a focal point. An adjoining media room creates a cozy enclave. This is the more formal wing of this townhouse-sized apartment and perfectly suited for elegant entertaining. Off the foyer is a hallway that contains a powder room, coat closet, large storage room and a full bedroom suite facing the park.

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6. Ara Hovnanian and Rachel Lee Hovnanian - Purchased for $10,000,000

Soho’s artistic community brought the downtown neighborhood to prominence, and artist Rachel Lee Hovnanian and developer husband Ara Hovnanian (not pictured) has bought an apartment in the Soho Gallery Building, right around the corner from the gallery where she showed her early work. That would be noteworthy enough, but the New York Post dished on the apartment’s past: Hedge fund mogul Bill Ackman bought the apartment from Drew Katz, the man who warned him about the price-gouging at Valeant Pharmaceuticals that led to a loss for Mr. Ackman’s hedge fund.

From the listing:
Architect Edward Siegel and designer Ernest de la Torre teamed up to turn a traditional loft into this inspiring two bedroom, two full and two half bathroom home. Throughout the duplex, the smart, graceful design unites art deco touches with East Asian-inspired midcentury modernism to create a singular, refined style that earned the residence a well-deserved feature in Architectural Digest.

Penthouse B's walnut-paneled foyer greets visitors and offers a hidden entrance to a powder room. Shimmering dark stained white oak floors flow from the foyer into the great room—an expansive space with a row of walnut-covered columns accentuating its soaring 11'2" ceiling. The great room's highlights include a spectacular wood-burning fireplace wall clad in white gold quartzite and a wet-bar outfitted with a stainless steel countertop, Dornbracht sink fittings, and glass shelving. Along the east wall, Moduline windows and French doors open onto a 528-square-foot lower terrace which provides a picture-perfect view of One World Trade.
The Soho Gallery Building has 6 available listings from $6.5M.

7. Walter Cronkite - Listed for $7,700,000

“That’s the way it is” - An Upper East Side brownstone that once belonged to Walter Cronkite has been put on the market. The sellers told the New York Post that Mr. Cronkite bought the house for $40,000 when he first came to New York to start what was then a new concept: the evening news.

From the listing:
The historic and prestigious neighborhood of Yorkville provides the setting for this charming four-story brownstone townhouse. Built circa 1880 this four-bedroom home is located on East 84th Street between York and East End avenues on a lovely tree-lined block.

This beautiful stretch of East 84th Street is extremely quiet and residential. The property offers four generous bedrooms plus a maid’s room/guest room, four full baths, two half baths, and four working fireplaces. The unusually high ceilings and abundance of windows found throughout the house, allow for a stunning amount of natural light. Features include central air conditioning, custom millwork, and sumptuous hardwood floors.

8. Rob Gronkowski - Bought for $7,003,750

35-Hudson-Yards-01 35 Hudson Yards via Related/Oxford Property Group
A fourth Super Bowl ring isn't the only thing Tampa Bay Buccaneer Rob Gronkowski scored this year: He purchased a corner condo in Hudson Yards to be used as his home away from home when he’s not playing (kind of like teammate Tom Brady, whose pied-a-terre is further downtown). A source recently told the New York Post that his girlfriend Camille Kostek (not pictured) is thrilled to be in New York, and that Mr. Gronkowski is excited about the views and the art he commissioned for the space.

From the listing:
This expertly planned three bedroom residence boasts 10'10" ceilings, lavish satin finish wide plank French oak floors, and stunning views of the Hudson River from the corner Great Room. The windowed eat-in kitchen has been outfitted with luxurious Smallbone of Devizes cabinetry with opal white marble counters and backsplash. Full suite of Gaggenau appliances, inclusive of a wine fridge and coffee maker, truly make this kitchen extraordinary. The master bedroom boasts two large walk-in closets and a luxurious windowed master bathroom which is wrapped in stunning iceberg quartzite, complete with stunning double vanity with Kinon panels, and full depth soaking tub. The second and third bedrooms are both equipped with en-suite baths. The Washer/Dryer and handsome onyx- clad Powder Room are both conveniently located off the main hallway. No detail was overlooked in this truly exquisite home.
35 Hudson Yards has 16 available listings from $4.25M.

9. Bella Hadid - Entered contract at $6,500,000

63-Greene-Street-01 63 Greene Street via SERHANT
Well, that was quick - only a week after model Bella Hadid listed her Soho penthouse, the apartment entered contract! The New York Post did not identify the buyer, but another bold-faced name would not be surprising: Ms. Hadid bought the penthouse from Joe & The Juice founder Kaspar Basse, and Zayn Malik, singer and father of a child with Ms. Hadid's sister Gigi, once owned another penthouse in the building.

From the listing:
Features of this 2,180-square-foot condo with an additional 779-square-foot private rooftop terrace include beautiful hardwood floors, breathtaking barrel-vaulted redbrick ceilings, a steel-framed floating staircase, exposed metal columns, ducts, pipes, and beams, automated Lutron lighting, custom light fixtures, multi-zone A/C, imported Italian built-in closets, a laundry room, space for a home office, Bang and Olufsen audio/visual integration, and a glass-enclosed 100-bottle wine room with backlighting and temperature control.

A lovely foyer adorned with a full bathroom and a pair of coat closets blends seamlessly into an expansive, open-concept living room, home office, dining room, and kitchen. The living area has an incredible built-in wall unit and northwestern exposure, while the kitchen is equipped with an eat-in waterfall island, black marble countertops, a matching backsplash, custom cabinets, and a suite of high-end appliances.
63 Greene Street has 2 available listings from $2.5M.

10. Brett Alperowitz - Listed for $2,650,000

309-West-119th-Street-01 All images of Brownstone Lane via Warburg Realty
Republic Records is home to such major artists as Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift. However, the label’s A&R executive vice president, Brett Alperowitz, has kept a lower profile - his Harlem home is part of a development which has condos on top of a cluster of historic brownstones with stoops. The New York Post reports that the apartment is on the market.

From the listing:
Welcome to 310 West 119th Street at the Brownstone Lane Condominium, your very own, sprawling 2,500-square-foot triplex sanctuary in the city with a 350-square-foot private garden. Beautifully reminiscent of historic Harlem, a classic stoop welcomes you into this elegant house, with soaring ceiling heights, Brazilian cherry wood floors and an airy, loft feel throughout. Enter into the expansive living room which boasts over-sized windows and flows seamlessly into a large, formal dining area.

The open chef's kitchen features a large breakfast bar with Silestone countertops, custom cabinetry and a phenomenal walk in pantry. The perfect space for entertaining and those who love to cook! A renovated half bath is also conveniently located on this level.
Brownstone Lane has 2 available listings from $2.6M.

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