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Marc Jacobs sells stylish West Village townhouse

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Designer Marc Jacobs sells his Bethune Street home

Almost a year after initially listing the property, designer Marc Jacobs has sold his West Village townhouse with a significant price cut, the New York Post first reported.

The house, located at 68 Bethune Street, first came on the market in April 2019, asking $16 million. It re-listed this week with a price chop, asking $12 million, and according to the Post, sold the next day.

Part of the Superior Ink complex, the four-story house was designed by Robert A.M. Stern and has three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a roof deck, and a landscaped courtyard. Jacobs bought the raw space in 2009 for $10.495 million, city records show, and hired an interior architect and several designers to build the place out.

In a 2017 interview with Architectural Digest, Jacobs said: “I didn’t want the house to feel like a pristine gallery or a Deco stage set—just something smart, sharp, and comfortable.”

Jacobs listed the house last year after buying a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Rye, New York, for $9.175 million.

And in other news...
  • The Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Historical Society are merging and combining their collections.
  • Buyers are taking advantage of Manhattan’s softening luxury market.
  • A 7-year-old boy was killed after he was struck by the driver of an SUV in East New York, just two days after a 10-year-old girl was fatally hit by a school bus in the same neighborhood.
  • A state Supreme Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit to overhaul the city’s property tax system.
  • The city is planning to demolish and rebuild the scorched building at 70 Mulberry Street, where the Museum of Chinese in America kept its archives. The property was partly destroyed by a fire in late January.
  • NYU Langone is planning to expand with a new $650 million tower in Sunset Park.
  • The American Museum of Natural History’s revamped Halls of Gems and Minerals will open in the fall.
  • And, finally, in odd New York City news: Mayor Bill de Blasio and singer Billy Idol partner on a campaign against illegal idling: