The Real Deal New York

Former NAACP head lists Tribeca apartment

May 30, 2012 12:00PM
By Katherine Clarke

From left: Bruce Scott Gordon, Michael Graves of Core and the interior of the unit

Bruce Scott Gordon, the famed executive and former head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, has listed his apartment at 166 Duane Street in Tribeca for $5.75 million.

Gordon, who served as president of NAACP between 2005 and 2007, listed the apartment with Core broker Michael Graves yesterday, according to Streeteasy.com. The asking price is significantly more than $4 million the $1.38 million Gordon paid for it in 1998, public records show.

Gordon was ranked No. 6 on Fortune magazine’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Black Executives” in 2002. He currently serves as a corporate director of CBS, defense company Northrop Grumman, and manufacturing firm Tyco International.

Gordon’s moderate political views famously led President George W. Bush in 2006 to make his first appearance at an NAACP event. He had previously declined all invitations to NAACP events, because of its leadership’s negative comments about his presidency.

But Gordon ultimately resigned from his position as head of the NAACP.

“I stepped into the role to understand as best I could the needs of the African American community and then to propose strategies and policies and programs and practices that could improve conditions for African Americans,” he said at the time. “The things I had in mind were not consistent with what some — unfortunately, too many — on the board had in mind.”

The 2,670-square-foot apartment, with three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, features 11-foot ceilings and four walk-in closets. The building, on the corner of Hudson Street, has a 24-hour doorman and a roof deck.

While Graves declined to comment on the ownership of the listing, he said that the current owners are avid art collectors and that the property is ideal for art lovers because of its open floor plan and high ceilings.

“I’m getting pounded with requests to see this apartment and it’s only been on the market for a few hours,” he said. “There’s a real lack of inventory in this area.”

Gordon could not be reached for comment.

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