The now somewhat famous Clock Tower triplex penthouse by developer
David Walentas at 1 Main Street in Dumbo has been chosen as Esquire
magazine’s bachelor pad, the magazine said today. The unit will be
host to various celebrity and charity events throughout the fall and the magazine’s annual design showcase. This will
be the first time the bachelor pad has come to Brooklyn.
“The Esquire Apartment concept was conceived in New York in 2003,”
noted Jack Essig, senior vice president, group publishing director and chief revenue officer of Esquire. “Although we create our house every other year in Los
Angeles, this is the first time we’ve taken our New York project to a
location outside of Manhattan. We really challenge ourselves every
year to find a new prime neighborhood and a building that represents
the essence of the magazine.”
The Clock Tower, originally a factory built in 1914, was remodeled
into luxury condominiums by Walentas’ Two Trees Management.
The unique 7,000 square-foot penthouse features a 14-foot-high glass
clock face on each wall of the main living area, 16- to 50-foot
ceilings, and an interior private glass elevator.
The apartment is on the market for $23.5 million. It was listed with
Sabrina Kleier-Morgenstern, Michele Kleier and Samantha Kleier Forbes
of Gumley Haft Kleier in April after a nine-month hiatus.
It originally went on the market in 2009 for $25 million, more than twice
the highest amount ever paid for a Brooklyn home, and was then pulled
from the market in 2010 after the developer attempted to work out a
possible rent-to-own deal with a prospective taker. That arrangement
did not pan out. It was even on the market as a rental for a week in June, priced at $50,000 per month.
Sabrina Kleier Morgenstern said GHK is excited about all the attention Esquire will bring to the listing.
“The Esquire Apartment is known for holding the most fabulous and successful, celebrity-filled fundraising events and we
cannot wait to be a part of it,” she said. “With all of the influential guests at the events, the buzz is going to be amazing.”
The only permanent resident of the apartment is Charlotte, Esquire
said, a life-size digital hologram created by Pod Design+Media, voiced by actress Margot Robbie, who
appears in “Pan Am” on ABC this fall. Charlotte will apparently flirt
with the guests and provide information on the apartment. — Katherine Clarke