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“Freakonomics” co-author nabs UWS pad for $5.4M

Stephen Dubner bought a co-op in 15 West 81st Street

July 31, 2015 12:45PM
By Tess Hofmann


15 West 81st Street on the Upper West Side (inset: Stephen Dubner and “Freakonomics”)

Likely detecting ripples of New York City real estate trends decades in the future, unseen and unheard by the rest of humanity as of yet, “Freakonomics” co-author Stephen Dubner has selected an Upper West Side co-op as his place of residence.

Dubner and his wife, Ellen, paid $5.4 million for the ninth-floor apartment at a 16-story, 128-unit property at 15 West 81st Street, near Amsterdam Avenue. The unit features three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The popular book “Freakonomics” was published in 2005 and used data mining to look at a broad cross-section of trends, including baby names and, famously, the long-term effect of abortion laws on crime rates.

Dubner previously worked at the New York Times and now hosts a podcast named after his star-making book.