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At this time three years ago, New York City was on lockdown, and the rich and famous had decamped to larger homes in more far-flung locations. But now that the city has opened up again and shown an extremely high percentage of residents vaccinated, it is looking appealing for luminaries in all industries. This past week saw purchases and sales from stars of stage, screen, and business.

Louis C.K.

35-Charlton-Street-01 35 Charlton Street (Compass) and Louis C.K. (By Spc. Elayseah Woodard-Hinton - Louis_CK_Kuwait.jpg, Public Domain,
Soho townhouses
NYC townhouses
35 Charlton Street
Is there a #MeToo effect on real estate? Nearly two years after the New York City homes of Jeffrey Epstein and Russell Simmons sold at dramatically reduced prices, Louis C.K. is taking a loss on his Soho townhouse. The New York Post notes that the house hit the market for $8.49 million in September 2022, following his purchase of a Fifth Avenue apartment, and steadily dropped over the next few months. The last listing price was $6.5 million, the same price the comedian paid for it in 2012.

From the Listing:
35 Charlton is a rare opportunity to own a piece of history in prime Soho. Built in 1829, this beautiful townhouse is part of the longest row of Federal and early Greek Revival buildings developed by John Jacob Astor. There are endless value-add opportunities either as an expansive single family home with a separate rental apartment below or one completely private residence. This three-story residence features 13 rooms, 3.5 baths, a second story terrace, a private yard and picturesque neighborhood views. This is a truly remarkable find!

Robert Usdin

155-West-18th-Street-01 The Flynn, #201 (Engel & Volkers)
Chelsea condos
NYC condos
If you've been to a Broadway show in recent years, chances are you've seen the work of Showman Fabricators - the company's portfolio includes sets for Moulin Rouge, SIX, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and even the Tony Awards. Showman Fabricators CEO Robert Usdin, however, has set up a peaceful home base away from the bustle of Broadway - public records list him and wife Ruth Anne Cohen as the new owners of a Chelsea condo with a large private garden.

From the Listing:
This well-proportioned, south-facing three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom residence offers 2,300-square-feet of interior living space, and a large 973-square-foot private landscaped terrace with built-in benches, and stainless steel outdoor kitchenette with gas grill. The bright and oversized living area features custom millwork and built-ins, and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows that open out onto the terrace for indoor/outdoor living and entertaining.

Set off the living area is the state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen outfitted with Poliform Varenna custom cabinetry, Zimbabwe granite countertops and backsplash, and Miele appliances. An expansive primary suite offers a Juliet balcony, large custom-built walk-in closet, and five-fixture primary bathroom tiled with marble and limestone throughout. The adjacent second and third bedrooms each have their own en-suite bathroom and Juliet balcony.
1 Available Listing for Sale for $1,695,000

Pierre Brouwers

39-East-29th-Street-01 Twenty9th Park Madison, #PH4A (Compass)
NoMad condos
Flatiron condos
Journalist and documentarian Pierre Brouwers' work has sent him all over the world. While one episode of Discovering the World centered on New York City, perhaps Mr. Brouwers hasn't been able to stay long enough to enjoy city life. Public records indicate that he has sold his NoMad penthouse.

From the Listing:
This chic NoMad penthouse’s rooms are flooded with light and views. See breathtaking visions of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Brooklyn Bridge, and more iconic cityscapes through wall-to-wall windows. The primary bedroom radiates sunlight with classic southern views. Get your beauty sleep after a long night out with the remote-controlled blackout shades. The en-suite bathroom has a spa-like Jacuzzi bath, double sinks, and a separate rainfall shower. Dress for success with the walk-in fitted dressing room.

In the second bedroom, count the bridges from the view through your floor to ceiling windows. The en-suite bathroom has floor-to-ceiling windows with a soaking tub for a bath in the sky! The third bedroom can be conveniently used as an office, rec room, or guest bedroom with a beautiful western view to catch that sunset.

This dramatic top-floor home features an expansive living and dining room with a kitchen that’s to die for. Equipped with Viking double-oven and 6-burner cooktop, 48” Sub-Zero refrigerator, 40-bottle wine Cooler, Sharp-Pro drawer microwave, and a large center island with Christal white countertops perfect for being the host that’s doing the most. Soundtrack your soirees with built-in surround sound speakers in all rooms and cool down with the central air conditioning throughout.
2 Available Listings for Sale from $950,000
1 Available Listing for Rent for $8,650/month

Arnold Lehman

150-East-69th-Street-01 Imperial House, #28M (Sotheby's International Realty)
Lenox Hill co-ops
Upper East Side co-ops
Early in his tenure as director of the Brooklyn Museum, Arnold Lehman successfully defended its right to free speech when then-Mayor Giuliani objected to a show's exhibition of "The Holy Virgin Mary," a painting of the religious icon that included elephant dung. The incident brought the museum to the world's attention, and Mr. Lehman spent his time bringing in more works by women and international artists. Crain's New York Business notes that he is now employed by auction house Phillips and that he has purchased an Upper East Side apartment closer to work.

From the Listing:
Enjoy dazzling views of the city skylines from every room of this mint-condition over-sized two bedroom apartment at the Imperial House, a top white-glove full-service co-op in a prime location on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. A large entry gallery foyer leads to the immense living room facing south, and adjoins the spacious west-facing dining area which leads out onto a glass-walled enclosed terrace/bonus room. The windowed kitchen is recently renovated, and features marble counters and top of the line appliances. Down a long corridor is the bedroom wing, with two over-sized bedrooms each with their own renovated bathroom. Ample closet space and storage throughout.
10 Available Listings for Sale from $1,199,000

Elvis Costello and Diana Krall

101-West-12th-Street-01 The John Adams (Douglas Elliman); Elvis Costello and Diana Krall (Shayne Kaye - originally posted to Flickr as Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, CC BY 2.0,
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Elvis Costello is currently gearing up for a tour of Australia and Europe; his wife, fellow Grammy winner and jazz pianist/singer Diana Krall, is getting ready for a world tour of her own. At the end of it all, they have a new home base to come back to in the Village.
7 Available Listings for Sale from $425,000
1 Available Listing for Rent for $4,500/month

Zoe Heller

135-West-79th-Street-01 The Lyons, #8A (The Corcoran Group)
Upper West Side co-ops
NYC co-ops
British writer Zoe Heller has been in New York since the mid-1990s, during which time she has written for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, not to mention published novels like What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandel (which was adapted into a feature film) and The Believers. She is still in the city, having purchased an Upper West Side apartment.

From the Listing:
No board approval is needed for this bright and spacious 2-bedroom, 1-bath sponsor apartment. Just renovated, this residence features light hardwood floors, a state-of-the-art windowed kitchen with new appliances, two spacious bedrooms with large closets, and a bespoke, custom bathroom. This apartment is located close to Central Park, the Museum of Natural History, excellent restaurants, and more. The Lyons offers a laundry room, live-in super, and bike storage. The building is pet-friendly and allows pied-a-terres.

Ross Mathews

29-West-65th-Street-01 Robin Court, #3J (Brown Harris Stevens) and Ross Mathews (Flickr - Charles Hilton)
Central Park West co-ops
Upper West Side co-ops
Television personality Ross Mathews is about to embark on his I Gotchu, Gurl! tour, serves as a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race and a co-host on The Drew Barrymore Show, hosts a weekly podcast, and recently launched a clothing line and event company. Somehow amidst all this, he and husband Dr. Wellinton Garcia-Mathews (not pictured) found time to purchase a Central Park West apartment.

From the Listing:
Welcome home to residence 3J at 29 West 65th Street where it’s all about location, location, location! Ideally situated just half a block from Central Park and Lincoln Center and some of the city’s finest restaurants and shops, Robin Court is a boutique six-story condominium with a large welcoming lobby that features beautiful Art Deco details. 3J is generously proportioned and features a large entry foyer equipped with three closets. Just off the foyer is a separate, windowed kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances (including a dishwasher). The bathroom features tumbled marble and like the kitchen, also has a window. The main room is spacious enough to create both a defined living and sleeping area. Robin Court is a pet-friendly elevator building with a video intercom system for buzzing in guests and deliveries, a reliable live-in super, laundry, and both bike and general storage rooms.

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