“Secretary” director Steven Shainberg sells Greenwich Village co-op for $2.6M

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Jul.July 26, 2013 03:45 PM

Steven Shainberg, director of offbeat psychological dramas such as “Secretary” and “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus,” has sold his co-op at 74 Fifth Avenue for almost $2.6 million, according to property records filed with the city today.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom 11th-floor apartment has window exposure on all four sides – a trait “rarely found in a true loft,” the listing said. The 12-story, 36-unit building near 14th Street in Greenwich Village features private elevators and a rooftop deck.

Kristin Hurd and Jennifer Breu of Brown Harris Stevens had the listing, which came online in April. The apartment sold for its asking price. Hurd could not immediately be reached for comment.

The buyer is Tim Baldenius, the chair of New York University’s accounting department, who did not return an emailed request for comment. (His phone number was not listed.)

Shainberg, who is married to fellow filmmaker Rachel Boynton, grew up in a brownstone on the Upper East Side, according to BlackBook magazine. He is a member of the family that founded the now Dollar General-owned Shainberg’s department store chain. He could not be reached via his production company, Vox3 Films, located at 315 Bleecker Street.

Shainberg bought the apartment in 1999 for an undisclosed amount.

Along with Brad Pitt, he executive-produced “Big Men,” Boynton’s documentary on the African oil industry that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. Shainberg is working on a comedy-drama “The Big Shoe” with actors Kristen Stewart and Jim Sturgess, Deadline reported earlier this year. The S&M-centric “Secretary” won the special jury prize at Sundance Film Festival in 2002 and led to a Golden Globe nod for star Maggie Gyllenhaal.

The 93,396-square-foot building was constructed in 1910 and converted to co-ops in the early 1980s.


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