High-end developers hope for Russian billionaire’s migration to Brooklyn
With Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov reportedly in talks to purchase the New Jersey Nets — and subsequently help finance Bruce Ratner’s massive Atlantic Yards development — the owners of high-end Brooklyn condos are vying for his attention. The managers of two properties, one the famous $25 million Clock Tower penthouse at One Main Street in Dumbo and the other a $7.5 million Brooklyn Heights penthouse at One Brooklyn Bridge Park, got in touch with Prokhorov’s representatives this week to pitch units to him for purchase, the New York Post reported. The developers of both properties referenced the Russian oligarch’s love of parties as a main selling point for their respective penthouses. “You don’t get any better than a 1,000-square-foot roof deck … to hold parties,” Ian Levine, COO of RAL Companies, which manages the 4,638-square-foot One Brooklyn Bridge Park spot, said. But David Walentas, developer for the Clock Tower spot, said that his place is unrivaled in its party appeal. “The second I heard Prokhorov was buying the Nets, I knew this space was made for him because he’s known for throwing some incredible parties,” Walentas said. There is no word yet on whether Prokhorov has picked a favorite, or if he’s even planning to move to Brooklyn.