Monthly Archives: March 2013

Fashion forward

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Actress Tatum O’Neal has left the building, but Antonio Versace, a partial heir to his late uncle Gianni Versace’s vast fashion fortune, has moved into the Lower East Side’s Forward condo complex.

The luxury building, where O’Neal recently sold her two-bedroom for $1.72 million, was the former home of the Jewish Daily Forward newspaper, and Karl Marx’s face is etched into the outside of the structure. But the skyrocketing prices in the building are pure capitalism. Versace is paying $9,000 a month for a 1,330-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit.

PARK PLACE: Four-bedroom co-op at 840 Park Ave. sells for $8.5 million.
The renovated home, which was listed by Town Residential’s Zeshaan Qadir, faces Seward Park and is on the top floor of 175 E. Broadway, with views that include the Empire State Building. The apartment includes an open, eat-in kitchen with Carrera marble, a tin ceiling and an L-shaped living/dining room with a gas fireplace.

Versace is in contract to sell his two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,540-square-foot condo at 44 Mercer St. The apartment is listed for $3.35 million. Douglas Elliman brokers Fredrik Eklund and John Gomes have the listing.

‘Shark’ Mark on move

Ever wondered what a billionaire mogul’s starter apartment looks like? Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, wants to sell his.

A source says the entrepreneur and “Shark Tank” star hasn’t lived there in 15 years, but he held onto his one-bedroom, two-bathroom co-op at 257 Central Park West. The 750-square-foot, sixth-floor apartment with high ceilings and oversized windows is now listed for $600,000. The doorman apartment has its own garage. Corcoran Group broker Chelsea Miller declined to comment.

That Knicks center Tyson Chandler and his wife, Kimberly, are renting a massive combined unit at the Lucida on East 85th Street . . . That real estate guru and “Shark Tank” panelist Barbara Corcoran bought a four-bedroom condo for $3.6 million at Stag Lodge in Park City, Utah. Corcoran purchased the unit in one day while shopping with her “Shark Tales” co-author Bruce Littlefield . . . That “Law & Order: SVU” filmed scenes for upcoming episodes at Mitchel Maidman’s 4,200-square-foot penthouse duplex at the Aurora building in Murray Hill.

Tune up

T ommy Tune is singing and dancing a happy tune these days. The legendary singer/dancer/choreographer/theater director just bought a penthouse co-op at 414 E. 52nd St. for $1.37 million — a tad less than its $1.39 million asking price.

Tune, whose career has spanned more than a half-century, purchased the one-bedroom, one-bathroom prewar unit in Southgate, an Emery Roth-designed prewar Art Deco building. The apartment features 13-foot ceilings (essential for the 6-foot-6 entertainer) and a 2,700-square-foot private wraparound terrace.

Listing brokers Audrey Ruden and Jennine Gourin of Douglas Elliman declined to comment.

Tune, a nine-time Tony Award winner, is now touring in “Tommy Tune Steps in Time,” a “Broadway biography” of his storied career. In 2009, Tune was named a “Living Landmark” by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

Hard rock downtown

Peter Morton, co-founder of the Hard Rock Cafe chain, could be on a home-buying spree. In January, Morton paid $9.8 million for a mansion known as the “West Coast Graceland.” It’s a Beverly Hills house that Elvis Presley bought after he got married in 1967. Now Morton’s looking to buy a large downtown home in Manhattan.

One place Morton’s checked out is Kelly Ripa’s penthouse on Crosby Street, which the perky TV host shares with husband Mark Consuelos and their children. The $24.5 million, five-bedroom, 4 1/2-bathroom condo includes 12-plus-foot ceilings, a floating staircase and a “chef’s dream” kitchen with a six-burner Wolf stove, two Electrolux dishwashers (Ripa stars in Electrolux commercials) and three Sub-Zero refrigerators.

They’re old Monet

Eleanor Acquavella Dejoux of the Acquavella Galleries, which specializes in 19th- and 20th-century European art, and husband Morgan Dejoux have just purchased a four-bedroom, 4 1/2-bathroom co-op at 840 Park Ave. for $8.85 million.

The prewar duplex maisonette includes Venetian-plaster foyer walls and limestone floors. The corner living room features a woodburning fireplace. A grand staircase leads to the bedrooms on the second floor. The sellers are developer David Winter and his wife, Elizabeth, who, as we previously reported, bought a $26 million residence at 778 Park Ave.

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Edible fashion stars on Tokyo runway

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Japan’s fifth Tokyo Sweets Collection has drawn hundreds of sweet-toothed spectators to its annual runway fashion show.

Nine of the country’s top patisseries were asked to produce an assortment of sweet fashion creations for models to wear on the ‘cakewalk’ in the banquet hall of the Shinagawa Prince hotel.

Most chefs chose to create edible head gear, but delicious goodies could also be seen covering shoes, bags and parts of the models’ dresses as well.

Patisserie chef Toshi Yoroizuka told Reuters the intent of the exhibition ‘is to create something that will inspire and look beautiful’.

Whilst taste and flavour remain a key component to ‘cakewalk’ success, the main challenge for the chefs is to create haute couture that is visually appealing.

‘Well, sweets are a kind of cuisine so of course the most important thing is taste, however, for the fashion show, well, for example it’s not about cooking the macaroon for the best flavour but rather making it beautiful, even perhaps cooking it to be a bit harder than usual, the intent is to create something that will inspire and look beautiful,’ Mr Yoroizuka said.

For chef Asterique Kouichi Izumi, fashion confectionary is a potential business prospect.

‘Well until now traditionally the head piece worn by brides has been made of fresh flowers, but in the last three years I have had four to five orders to make a headpiece that uses the same confectionary flowers,’ Mr Izumi told Reuters.

Much to the disappointment of hungry onlookers, the outfits on show at the Tokyo Sweets Collection were not available for sale to either wear or eat.