Back during the heyday of lawsuits at The Plaza, mysterious Russian financier Andrei Vavilov attempted to get out of his contract for two penthouses in the landmark hotel (pre-Lehman price tag: $53.5 million) by claiming the developers didn't live up to their promises. One of his biggest complaints was that instead of "unobstructed floor to ceiling windows" giving him fantastic views of Central Park, his penthouses had tiny windows and low ceilings that made the spaces feel "attic-like." One of those attics, the subject of a different Plaza lawsuit, just ended up in the hands of Picasso-poking casino magnate Steve Wynn for $23 million (it's not like he can see out of those windows, anyway), but maybe Vavilov had a point: The Plaza's condo board now wants to make some changes to the added penthouse level.
The Post's Lois Weiss reports that the board has filed in application with the Landmarks Preservation Commission outlining several cosmetic nips and tucks. For example, the board "wants to dump some of the glass on the penthouse roof and replace it with copper and tile," and also "change the windows on the vertical wall of the glass addition -- presumably to make them more 'user' friendly." The changes would affect three penthouse units, including the Wynn abode, and the LPC will discuss the matter in September. No need to clean out the attics for the construction crews quite yet.
· Facelift eyed for Plaza roof [NYP]
· The Plaza coverage [Curbed]