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Behr Mansion, the terra cotta/sandstone masterpiece at 82 Pierrepont Street, has a decidedly romantic backstory. A titan of industry in the 19th century, Herman Behr, lived there with his family; his son Karl returned to the turreted Romanesque Revival house with after surviving the sinking of the Titanic and proposing to his fiancee in the lifeboat. After stints as a hotel for "ruffians" and residences for monks, it was converted to rentals in 1977; these days they go for about $2,000-$3,000/month. [Gothamist]