Artist Jeff Koons – who is currently showing a massive sculpture in Rockefeller Center – is combining two Upper East Side mansions into one of the city’s largest homes.
Back in 2009, Koons purchased houses at 11 and 13 East 67th Street, and in 2010 he applied with the Department of Buildings to combine the houses and create a mansion with a pool, gym and maids quarters. That request was denied, according to the New York Post.
However, last year, a revised plan was approved and a permit for the full renovation was issued in April. The job is estimated to cost $4.85 million, according to the Post.
And of course, his UES neighbors aren’t thrilled.
“It’s reckless,” one resident of the block said. “At first we all rolled our eyes. Now we’re practically ready to organize neighborhood protests.”
Another local added, “It must be nice to not only be an artist but to be your own Medici.” [NYP] – Christopher Cameron