Dating back to 1904, Soho's Singer Building is a neighborhood icon thanks to its prominent Broadway location and one of the most eye-catching facades in town, a wrought iron and terra cotta masterpiece designed by Ernest Flagg. The 12-story former manufacturing building is now a co-op (units were originally live/work spaces for artists), and the 3BR, 2.5BA penthouse has just popped up on the market asking $4.495 million. We're calling it the Singer Surprise, because while we weren't expecting the loft to mirror the classic detailing on the outside of the building, we sure weren't expecting this either. The renovated 3,000-square-foot space "exudes a level of contemporary sophistication," boasts the listing, and had Tony Montana survived those 10,000 gunshot wounds, we could see this as his ultimate Manhattan pied-a-terre. There's a bigger, art-filled unit on the seventh floor asking $6.995 million, but we'll take the views and the cheaper price tag and impose our own bad taste on the place.
· Listing: 561 Broadway #PHA [R & R Realty]