Media billionaire Sean Parker, of Naptster fame, has acquired, for an undisclosed amount, the five-story townhouse at 36 West 10th Street, in Greenwich Village. Parker also currently owns the five-story townhouse at 38 West 10th Street and the three-story townhouse at 40 West 10th Street. He plans to combine the three properties into a single-family mansion, the New York Post reported. The townhouse in the latest acquisition is currently under renovation and was set to be marketed for roughly $22 million. The assemblage is located within the Greenwich Village Historic District, which means the Landmarks Preservation Commission must approve any exterior alterations.
A pair of condo buildings is set to replace two stories of retail and office space on a sleepy residential block in the West Village. New building applications were filed over the weekend to erect two connected six-story buildings at 703 Washington Street, on the corner of Perry Street and a block east of the West Side Highway.
On Thursday, YIMBY told you about sidewalk planters approved for a building on Fifth Avenue, and used to it to illustrate just how much control the Landmarks Preservation Commission has over historic districts. Another recent approval, however, shows how little control the commission has in a different area.
Just how in control of a historic district is the Landmarks Preservation Commission? The answer is very in control, as illustrated by one recent approval in the Flatiron District. Think of the commission as a curator.
An over century-old former hotel on the Upper West Side is in for some major changes. Earlier this week, it was announced that the former Willard Hotel at 252 West 76th Street, since converted to 60 rental apartments, will become a 52-unit luxury building known as The Willard.