1) Upper East Side: The six-story townhouse at 22 East 81st Street hit the market for just under $16 million this week, and it boasts quite a famous designer: Robert A.M. Stern. Stern revamped the building in the 1970s with a dramatic owners' triplex, and little seems to have changed since then.
2) West Village: Downtown, a rather odd-looking little house?think Swiss chalet meets Medieval cottage?came to market, seeking $7.5 million. With exposed beam ceilings, wood-paneled walls, wood-burning fireplaces, and a brick chimney, the house will certainly appear to those interested in the rustic aesthetic.
3) Midtown: Can New York's horrid Penn Station be saved? We can hope! Four architecture studios created designs for a future, light-filled train station that does not suffocate under Madison Square Garden.
4) Upper West Side and Soho: In celebrity real estate news, Jeff Gordon's $30 million pad got a listing video, Madonna finally sold her combo at Harperley Hall, and Kanye West is trying to sell his West Houston Street bachelor pad in an off-market deal. Apparently, it contains a 9-foot-long, slender sink/bathtub basin thing near the master bed.
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