Thursday, August 3, 2017

The stately 153 Avenue B has a new owner

[EVG file photo]

153 Avenue B between Ninth Street and 10th Street, which had been on and off the market with different brokers the past 18 months, has reportedly been sold.

The five-floor building overlooking Tompkins Square Park, described in the listing as "a rarely available grand and stately townhouse," features five floor-through market rate apartments.

According to The New York Times yesterday, the new owner is "a private investor" going by 153 B L.L.C. (c/o Zwirner Gallery on West 19th Street) in the public listing.

The asking price had been $6.85 million. According to public records, the property sold for $6.625 million. (The building hit the market in May 2016 with a $6.95 million ask.)

The same family had owned it for the past 60 years. They shared some history of the building with the Post earlier this year:

Over the decades, past residents, according to the current owners, have included actress Marisa Tomei, music producer Hal Willner, and musician and composer Charles Mingus.

“On the night that Robert Kennedy was shot, for instance, Mingus rang our bell. I remember seeing this heavy-set man in tears, crying to my mother about how they shot Bobby, too. His longtime lover lived on the fifth floor of our building with her children — she must not have been home at the moment he stopped over."

It's unclear if the new owner plans to keep the market-rate apartments, or convert the property into a single-family home. There haven't been any new work permits filed with the DOB.

Previously on EV Grieve:
153 Avenue B returns to the market

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