The co-op building at the corner of West End Avenue and West 74th Street is now best known for celebrity resident Tina Fey, but the building has its own unique history that’s come to light with the listing of one of its palatial penthouses. On the market for $9.6 million, Penthouse B is a four-bedroom and three-and-a-half bathroom pad.
The penthouse sits on top of a building formerly owned by crooner and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte. The story goes like this: after bring rejected by the building’s landlord in the 1950s—when the building still did not allow black tenants—Belafonte exacted revenge by moving to purchase the entire 13-story building.
Belfonte ushered in the building’s conversion to a co-op that would go on to attract residents like singer Lena Horne. He lived in the building for nearly 50 years, and sold his residence a little more than a decade ago.
This particular apartment, which was the recipient of a colorful, quirky revamp, comes with a private elevator landing, two wood-burning fireplaces, and a kitchen designed by Christopher Peacock.
- Listing: West End Drive PHB [Stribling]