Non-fiction author buys historic EV townhouse

By Katherine Clarke | March 19, 2012 05:02PM

Award-winning journalist and non-fiction author Nina Munk has purchased an historic townhouse at 25 Stuyvesant Street designed by renowned New York architect James Renwick, Jr., who went on to design St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Grace Church, according to public records filed with the city today.

Munk and Pilipino-born contemporary artist Peter Soriano purchased the townhouse from the estate of Jean Way Schoonover for $3.7 million, records show. Schoonover was a female public relations pioneer and a former president of the public relations division of Ogilvy & Mather. The home was asking $4.1 million with Paula Del Nunzio, senior vice president of Brown Harris Stevens.

The East Village townhouse, on the corner of 10th Street, totals approximately 3,380 square feet inside and includes outdoor space, according to the listing. The building, completed in 1861, came on the market in May 2011, according to, asking $4.5 million, and saw a 9 percent price cut in August to $4.1 million.

Munk, who is currently a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and frequent commentator for the New York Times, is author of “Fools Rush In: Steve Case, Jerry Levin, and the Unmaking of AOL Time Warner,” a well-received account of Internet upstart AOL’s $163 billion 2000 purchase of Time Warner, the world’s most powerful media company. She has won three Business Journalist of the Year awards and three Front Page Awards, according to her website.

Neither Del Nunzio nor Munk was immediately available for comment.