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Andrew Ross Sorkin buys UWS co-op for $4.3M

"Too Big to Fail" author and "Billions" co-creator bunkers down at 161 W. 86th St.

September 22, 2016 02:02PM
By Hiten Samtani

From left: Bobby Axelrod, 1610 Meadow Lane in Southampton (credit: Showtime), 161 West 86th Street on the Upper West Side and Andrew Ross Sorkin

It’s not quite Bobby Axelrod’s spread in “Billions,” but it’ll have to do.

Andrew Ross Sorkin, co-creator of the hit Showtime series and author of “Too Big to Fail,” plunked down $4.25 million for a co-op on the Upper West Side, property records filed with the city Thursday show.

The floor plan for Unit 5A, right below Sorkin's pad (Credit: StreetEasy)

The floor plan for Unit 5A, right below Sorkin’s pad (Credit: StreetEasy)

Sorkin and his wife, Pilar Queen Sorkin, bought a sixth-floor unit at 161 West 86th Street, a prewar building that went co-op in 1980. Further details on the pad weren’t available on StreetEasy, though the site states that each floor holds just two units, ranging between eight- and 10-room residences.

Sorkin was the New York Times’ chief mergers and acquisitions reporter, and shot to greater prominence after penning “Too Big to Fail” in 2009. The book, told from the perspective of Wall Street insiders and government regulators, chronicled the events leading up to the 2008 financial crisis and the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Sorkin also serves as an anchor on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” and founded the Times’ financial newsletter DealBook.