Welcome to It Happened One Weekend, our weekly roundup of The New York Times real estate section...
1) Rich people. What are they spending millions of dollars on? What are they complaining about? This is What's Up With Rich People? For the first time in a decade, the Upper West Side penthouse of legendary architect Emery Roth is back on the rental market. A Jew born in Hungary in 1871, Roth rose to prominence as one of the premier architects of the 1920s and 30s, designing such iconic New York buildings as the Eldorado, the Beresford, and the San Remo—and his name holds just as much cachet today. The three-bedroom unit at 210 West 101st Street features 2,200 square feet of space (not including the wraparound terrace), a maid's room, and a doghouse. But the real beauty is in the details, with "barrel-vault ceilings, elaborately carved woodwork, stained-glass doors, a working fireplace and striking ceramic-tile floors and wainscoting." The penthouse is currently undergoing renovations to update the kitchen and bathrooms, but it should be ready to move into by early April. The price? A cool $15,550 a month. ["Emery Roth Lived Here"; photo via Francisco Rosario/Curbed Photo Pool]
2) Every "The Hunt" column begins with the Hunters describing the apartment they want, and ends with them rationalizing whatever they came away with. This is The Hunt: Dreams vs. Reality
The Hunter: an elderly couple from upstate looking for a small pied-à-terre
Dream: West Village
Reality: West Village
Dream: co-op, tree-lined street
Hailing from 100 acres in the Albany area, an adorable elderly couple and their adorable cat S'mores were looking to buy a small studio apartment in the West Village, to be used as a pied-à-terre. Their budget was $600,000, quickly amended to $700,000. After searching all over the Village and Chelsea, they eventually found a perfect studio apartment on little Gay Street, arguably the most charming (and haunted!) street in all of Manhattan. But, of course, there was one catch: they also needed to buy the neighboring studio, also owned by the seller. Enlisting the help of their daughter, the Eriksons paid the asking price of $710,000 for the larger studio, while their daughter paid $590,000 for the smaller studio, which she is now renting out for $2,750 a month. [The Hunt/"From Upstate to the West Village"]