Above, enjoy the views across Central Park from The Beresford, the famed tri-towered 1929 co-op at Central Park West and 81st Streets. If you were Coach CEO Lew Frankfort, this is more or less the view you'd see daily from your epic penthouse in the building—a space so grand that Stribling's Kirk Henckels described it thusly following Frankfort's massive renovations in 2005: "It's total Quasimodo. There is an internal staircase that goes from the tower room, which is the one with the panoramic views, to this room, with massive wooden timbers, beams, supporting the structure of this domed roof.''
That said, let's cut to a building insider, who emails Curbed, "There was a fire this morning in Lew Frankfort's penthouse apartment in the Beresford this morning. Entire apartment ruined. Extensive renovations gutted." Yikes. (We haven't yet had a second source confirm, so take with a grain of salt, but our source on this is solid—sadly so, for Frankfort.) Developing.
· Quasimodo Would Feel at Home [NYTimes]
· The Beresford [Wired New York]
EXTRA: The photos above come from the listing for a more modest Beresford penthouse that's currently on the market, asking $11.995 million. The floorplan is predictably pornalicious. [Brown Harris Stevens]