The former Gnome Bakers building at 316 East 59th Street, a Cornerspotter from last year, has undergone an apparently recent residential conversation, and the penthouse is now on the rental market asking $14,000 per month. It is definitely a unique place and has that whole factory-conversion vibe going on, with soaring ceilings and exposed brick and pipes. It's very charming overall, though still not as charming as it was in the 1930s when it sported a large gnome statue eating papier-mâché bread out front. Since Gnome Bakers when bankrupt in the early '30s, the building, which pokes up adorably next to the Queensboro Bridge, has been home to businesses ranging from an exterminator to a kitchen furnishing store.
· Listing: 316 East 59th Street #PH/DPX [Elliman, via Streeteasy]
· Live in the Funky Former UES Factory of 1930s Gnome Bakers for $14K [6sqft]
· Cornerspotted: Gnome Bakers on East 59th Street [Curbed]