It takes more than money to land a 16-room triplex at one of New York's most storied co-ops. Whatever you need, Eric Rudin, vice chairman and president of Rudin Management, must have it, since he bought the place this week for $12 million. It couldn't have been easy, though. The apartment was listed for $12.5 million in September 2009, went into contract last May, and took a year to close. It was sold by the estate of Albert Gordon, a Wall Street legend who'd died at age 107 a few months before Elliman got the listing. Gordon was crediting with helping save Kidder Peabody after the 1929 stock market crash left the investment firm broke. He arrived there in 1931 at age 29 and continued to work at an asset management firm until age 105.
Overlooking Carl Schurz Park on the uppermost easternmost upper east side, 10 Gracie is about as good as a "good" building gets. Its elaborate rooftop almost certainly inspired Robert A.M. Stern's design for 15 Central Park West. Past and present residents include Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper, WWD publisher John Fairchild, conductor André Kostelanetz, Edie co-author Jean Stein and another third-generation Rudin, the art collector and philanthropist Beth de Woody. Says the listing:
This home is entered through its own private elevator landing and opens to a grand 28' Gallery. The enormous living room and formal dining room have sweeping East River views, and additionally, the library has direct views of the lovely Carl Shurz Park. There is a consistency of extraordinary light throughout the entire apartment. There are 2 additional bedroom floors that have equally spectacular views, with a spacious and flexile floor plan. This home is truly unique and has been owned by the same family for 60 years. It is one of the finest apartment's that Manhattan has to offer, in an exceptional building and wonderful neighborhood. 10 Gracie Square #6G [Elliman]
10 Gracie Square #6G [Streeteasy]
Albert Gordon Obituary [NYT]
Rudin Management website