Celebrity megamansions making life hell for West Village residents

Three major projects are taking place along West 11th Street

TRD New York /
Mar.March 11, 2019 08:30 AM

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker with West 11th Street construction (Credit: Google Maps and Wikipedia)

West 11th Street is a great place to live in New York City if you’re a celebrity, but being one of their neighbors doesn’t seem as much fun.

A trio of construction projects are making life difficult on the corridor, with issues including reduced parking, scaffolds and dumpsters, according to the New York Post.

Actors Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, Chipotle founder Steve Ells and SoftBank COO Marcelo Claure all have projects going on along the street.

Parker and Broderick bought two adjacent townhouses for $34.5 million in 2016, and the city started issuing permits for their project the next year. Construction does not appear likely to end anytime soon.

Ells bought two adjoining buildings on the corridor for $32.5 million. The project has run into problems before, notably in 2016 when a neighbor complained to the Department of Buildings that excavation work caused a nearby property to flood.

Clare bought a home two doors away from Parker and Broderick for $28 million in 2017, and construction work on converting it from a multifamily building into a single-family home has been going on since 2015.

Paco Sookdeo, a renter in the neighborhood, told the Post that the work was “excessive” and “too much.”

“They’re not living there,” he said. “We have to deal with it just to suit their private life.” [NYP] – Eddie Small


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