A Park Avenue penthouse that was as soon as house to the composer Leonard Bernstein and his household is returning to the marketplace for the primary time in additional than 4 many years. It’s the house the place Mr. Bernstein and his spouse, Felicia, held an occasion in 1970 in assist of the Black Panther Occasion, famously written about as “Radical Chic” by the journalist Tom Wolfe in New York journal.
The sprawling duplex, atop 895 Park Avenue, at East 79th Road, is being offered by the household of Carol Feinberg, an artwork collector and philanthropist who died last year. She and her husband, Maurice Feinberg, a wine and spirits importer who died in 2002, purchased the co-op unit from the Bernsteins in 1974.
“I do bear in mind the thrill of my dad and mom after they purchased the residence,” mentioned David Feinberg, the youngest of the Feinbergs’ three youngsters, who was in highschool when the household moved into the penthouse. “I bear in mind the eating room had these crimson velvet partitions and a giant, sq., mirrored desk. I used to be unhappy to see each go.”
The Feinbergs made few different adjustments. They saved the prewar format largely intact, other than combining some smaller rooms on the decrease stage and including a solarium on the prime. “I believe whoever will purchase this residence will do a significant renovation,” mentioned Mr. Feinberg, a company lawyer based mostly in Boston, including that whereas some areas may have updating, the unit has “good bones.”
The asking worth for the residence is $29.5 million, with month-to-month upkeep of $21,536. The itemizing brokers are Bonnie Chajet, Allison Chiaramonte and Tania Isacoff Friedland, of Warburg Realty.
The residence encompasses round 6,300 sq. toes on the nineteenth and twentieth flooring of the 37-unit constructing, plus about 700 sq. toes of out of doors house that provides panoramic cityscape and Central Park views. It incorporates six bedrooms, six and a half loos and 5 wood-burning fireplaces.
The principle entrance is on the highest ground, the place a non-public elevator vestibule opens to a spacious central gallery with a powder room and a curved staircase. The gallery results in the library, front room and eating room, every grandly proportioned with a wood-burning fire and connecting to a big wraparound terrace that’s irrigated and landscaped.
The terrace was a favourite for household capabilities, Mr. Feinberg mentioned. “We had Fourth of July and New 12 months’s Eve events,” he mentioned. “We’d watch the fireworks go off over the pond.”
Past the eating room is a sun-drenched, glass-enclosed solarium with a bluestone ground and doorways to the terrace. The kitchen, additionally off the eating room, features a hooded commercial-style vary, an extra-large pantry, wine storage and a separate, smaller terrace.
The bedrooms are downstairs, the place there’s additionally a non-public elevator entrance; all however one has an en suite toilet. The first bed room incorporates a spacious seating space, fire and walk-in closet. There may be additionally an workplace, a laundry room and one other full toilet.
Lots of the residence’s authentic architectural particulars stay, together with the wide-plank mahogany flooring, crown moldings and carved-wood fire mantels. Ceiling heights attain greater than 11 toes on the highest stage and greater than 9 toes on the underside stage, and there are oversize home windows all through the unit.
The Bernsteins moved to 895 Park from the Osborne on West 57th Road within the early Sixties. He was the music director on the New York Philharmonic, and the couple wished an even bigger house for social occasions.
Mr. Feinberg mentioned his father, who ran Monsieur Henri Wines, typically entertained shoppers on the residence, too. And just like the Bernsteins, his dad and mom saved a piano in the lounge, which his mom used to play.
The Artwork Deco, limestone-and-brick constructing at 895 Park Avenue was erected in 1930 and transformed right into a co-op in 1952. It’s within the Lenox Hill neighborhood, on the Higher East Facet.