Last sold in January 2015 for $10 million, this incredible 8,000-square-foot, ten room loft is back on the market asking nearly $4 million more. While not much seems to have changed since a gut renovation in 2001, the apartment’s biggest surprise is still a major draw for art-loving buyers: It’s located in the historic American Thread Building, a former warehouse that was converted into condos and given a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
The School of Visual Arts used to host exhibitions here, and Keith Haring, who enrolled in 1978, used shoe polish and alcohol to cover a wall of this apartment in his curlicue designs, similar to the dancing figures he painted on street signs around that time. The mural was hidden for years and unearthed during construction in 2002. "It was like discovering an Egyptian tomb," Todd Ernst, one of the renovation architects, told New York Magazine.
The apartment has see-sawed on and off the market since then. According to New York Magazine, the widow of the apartment’s former owner sold to a group of investors, including the developer Richard Saunders, who tried to reserve the right to move the Haring painting. This proved to be impossible because it’s located on concrete wall.
The marriage of contemporary and pre-war details continues through the rest of the home, which also features a massive 45-foot by 45-foot great room with 26-foot-high ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, and enormous arched windows. A custom curved steel staircase leads to the mezzanine library, from which you can access a master suite with a double bath, wet bar, dressing room, and second bedroom.
There’s also a lower level complete with its own private entrance, leading to a media room, game room, laundry room, climate-controlled wine cellar, and more bedrooms. A 24-hour doorman and private roof deck and balcony round out the upscale amenities.
Sharing living quarters with history comes at a price: Buyers will pay monthly taxes of $11,247, and common charges of $6,171, plus an assessment of $31,143 through 2017.
- Listing: 260 West Broadway [Sotheby’s via StreetEasy]
- Wall Art Included [NYM]
- Time-Traveling Loft Has Ornate Ceilings and Keith Haring Art [Curbed]