These are the most notable NYC resi sales of last week

Former Observer editor buys in Chelsea, Two Boots Pizza founders sell off East Village home

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Feb.February 19, 2019 11:00 AM

Phil Hartman of Two Boots Pizza with 113 East 2nd Street (left) and 157 West 57th Street (Credit: Getty Images)

In New York City’s residential real estate world last week, brokers began to grapple with how Amazon’s reversal to build a headquarters in Long Island City will impact the market in that neighborhood. (TRD‘s story: Condo absorption likely will slow, but LIC’s upward trajectory will continue. ) But throughout the city, deals were still getting done. Here’s a wrapup of some of the more notable resi sales publicly recorded last week.

Source: A TRD review of public records filed with the New York City Department of Finance from Feb. 11 to Feb. 14.

1.) Extell Development Company pulled an uncommon move this week by buying back a unit in its One57 condominium for about $3.9 million. But the seller, Alejandro Saval Bravo, turned around and bought a pricier, bigger sponsor unit in the Midtown tower for just over $9 million. The most recent asking price for Bravo’s new, 2,482-square-foot apartment was $9.95 million, according to StreetEasy. That prices out to roughly $3,600 per square foot. Another sponsor unit in the tower recently sold to an anonymous buyer for $22 million, representing a 24 percent discount.

2.) The East Village townhouse once home to Phil Hartman and Doris Kornish, the founders of the Two Boots Pizza chain, officially has a new owner. An entity called 180 Source Realty LLC, which property records list its manager as Michael Lavian, bought the property for $7.4 million in a bankruptcy auction. Located at 113 East 2nd Street, Warburg Realty first listed the 7,000-square-foot, 25-foot-wide townhouse in 2017 for $10.5 million. But Compass’ Nick Gavin, Jim Winters and Josh Doyle ended up brokering the sale. Kornish and Hartman filed for divorce in 2005 and had battled in court over the house, situated around the corner from the first Two Boots’ outpost off Avenue A.

3.) Artists Aleksandar Duravcevic and Kelly Driscoll sold a condo at 459 Carroll Street in Gowanus for $3.6 million. Durvcevic is from Montenegro and his work is in the Met’s collection, according to his biography on the website of London gallery Ordovas. Driscoll’s work has been exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Art and elsewhere. The three-bedroom unit spans 3,700 square feet, according to StreetEasy, pricing the deal at about $768 per square foot. The buyers were David Fenkel, a partner at indie film company A24, which was behind the Oscar-winning movie “Moonlight,” and Shani Ankori, who appears to be an exec at IFC Films.

4.) Ken Kurson, the former editor of the New York Observer, snapped up a condo at the Spears Building at 525 West 22nd Street in West Chelsea for $2.4 million. Kurson also is the founder of Sea of Reeds Media, which operates seven websites, including Bridgegate mastermind David Wildstein’s newjerseyglobe.com. The two-bedroom unit spans about 1,200 square feet, according to its listing with CORE NYC. The sellers were Matthew Levine, head of Bloomberg Television, and Sara Eisen, co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk on the Street and Closing Bell. CORE’s Natalie Eisen and Adrian Noriega represented the sellers, and Corcoran Group’s Laura Weinkham represented Kurson.


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