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Qatar buys four units at Zeckendorf’s 50 UN Plaza for $45M

UN Mission purchased three-bedroom apartment and five-bedroom penthouse

April 09, 2015 11:30AM
By Claire Moses


From left: Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, 50 UN Plaza and William and Arthur Zeckendorf

UPDATED 2:15 p.m., April 9: The Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar bought four apartments at Zeckendorf Development and Global Holdings’ 50 United Nations Plaza for approximately $45 million, according to property records filed with the city today.

Qatar bought a three-bedroom unit on the 33rd floor for $9.4 million — down from its original asking price of $10.2 million — and a five bedroom, 6.5-bathroom penthouse on the 35th floor for $19.4 million. The original asking price for that unit, which spans more than 5,800 square feet, was $22.2 million.

When the 43-story tower located right by the United Nations headquarters at East 43rd Street and First Avenue, opened in 2013, it broke records for the neighborhood with listings that included a $70 million duplex penthouse among its 88 units.

William and Arthur Zeckendorf broke ground on the project in November 2012 and the building topped out in July of the following year. The project had been stalled for roughly four years, due to the recession.

The Zeckendorfs bought the site for $160 million in 2007. They are also developing 520 Park Avenue, which will have a $130 million penthouse.

  • Sam

    Disgusting. Considering how Qatar fuels ISIS and other terrorists, their purchase should not be welcome in New York.

    • David

      I couldn’t agree more. They are quietly buying all over NYC and leading European cities while sponsoring rats all over the world. In NY after buying the French Lycee buildings on 72nd Street, they went on with Aby Rosen’s Townhouse 22 East 71st at 47 million then Ellen Biddle Shipman house at 21 Beekman Place at 35 million, they also own 43 East 70th Street which is sitting vacant for years and rotting. God knows what else they must have purchased under LLC’s. Not to mention their failed attempt in buying the Wildenstein’s Gallery at 11 East 64th Street for a reported 100M! How many Townhouses do they need in Manhattan? No UN member country owns as many. Wake up and smell the coffee!

      • Ahmed el-Malkhani

        Keep your mouth shut Jew!

        • Sebastien

          Ahmed el-Malkhani…Sorry to burst your bubble, but without oil, not a single foreign soul would care to acknowledge this region’s existence. True story.