Dermatologist Dr. Jonathan Zizmor, whose rainbow-colored ads have graced the New York City subway since the 1980s, announced his retirement this morning to the New York Daily News. Zizmor's withdrawal from the career that has brought him hyperlocal fame coincides with another milestone: the dermatologist's mansion in the Fieldston neighborhood of the Bronx, on the market since 2012, has gone into contract. The 7,000-square-foot Mediterranean Revival mansion at 5021 Iselin Avenue was built in 1928 and features a private inner courtyard, a loggia, and a sunken living room. Zizmor told the New Yorker in 2003 that he and his wife initially planned on using the house towait for itpromote world peace. In the doctor's own words: "We are going to invite people who hate each other, and they will spend a weekend together."
That may not have panned outor perhaps it didbut it sounds like the good doctor has plans to continue on his righteous path into retirement. A close friend tells the Daily News that Zizmor has devoted much of his time to studying the Jewish text, the Talmud.
Zizmor's house first came onto the market asking $4.3 million, and entered contract at $3.075 million after a laundry list of price cuts and relistings. Curbed has reached out to the listing agents for comment.
· Dr. Jonathan Zizmor, who ran subway ads on cosmetic surgery, retires at age 70 [NYDN]
· Listing: 5021 Iselin Avenue [Halstead]
· Subway Character Dr. Zizmor Still Seeks Buyer For Bronx Home [Curbed]
· Inside the Unsellable Home of NYC's Ubiquitous Dr. Zizmor [Curbed]
· All 5021 Iselin Avenue coverage [Curbed]