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Silk Building Duplex Has Cool Decor, Tiny Bedrooms

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It's been a few years since there was a major celeb purchase, but a unit in the infamous Silk Building has come to market once again. In this building at 14 East 4th Street, where Britney Spears once had one penthouse and Russell Simmons occupied another, Apartment #1115 is up for grabs as of yesterday. For $1.895M, you get a 1,115-square-foot 2BR/2BA spread over two levels, with a wood-burning fireplace, north and south views and a communal roof deck.

What caught our eye about this listing, though, are the creative design touches scattered throughout. A traffic light on the staircase?it could be art, but we'd like to think it actually works as a device letting people know when the upstairs bedroom is, erm, occupied?and a red, white, and blue barbershop pole in the living room are just two details that caught our eye. Clever staging, or owners with offbeat taste?

Based on the floorplan, it appears that the entranceway is on the top floor, where there's a smaller bedroom and a bathroom. Then you have to descend down the staircase (oh hello, stoplight!) to get to the rest of the apartment. Is that a dealbreaker?
· 14 East 4th Street #1115 [Streeteasy]
· Official listing: 14 East 4th [JWF Capital]
· Silk Building coverage [Curbed]

14 East 4th Street

14 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003