Tribeca loft goes for $3.15 million in city auction

The Ice House, 27 N. Moore St. in Tribeca.

With only a single competitor, a Long Island man won a two-bedroom, two-bath condo at 27 N. Moore St. for the favorable price of $3.15 million at the city’s auction of nine apartments in Manhattan today.

Public Administrator Ethel J. Griffin had set the minimum price at $3 million for the more than 2,000-sf loft, which had been owned by one Veronica Lee in a building called the Ice House.  According to, Lee paid $774,000 for the unit in 1999 and died owing JP Morgan Chase $1.9 million left on her mortgage.

“I feel good,” successful bidder Mario Montoya told me after the auction, adding that he had been prepared to offer “a little more.” Continue reading

City to auction off $3 million condo, 8 other units

Condominium called the Ice House at 27 North Moore St. in Tribeca

The sale of a condo with a minimum bid of $3 million is the highlight of a new estate auction scheduled for June 28 by Public Administrator Ethel J. Griffin.

Among the eight other apartments to go on the block starting at 11:30 a.m. are three income-limited units, a co-op in the Kips Bay neighborhood and one on the Upper West Side in the Lincoln Towers complex.

The $3 million unit is in the Ice House, at 27 North Moore St., in Tribeca.  It was owned by one Veronica Lee, but I have been unable to find verifiable information about her.

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Buyer is found for bankrupt Harlem church

227 Lenox Avenue

That Harlem church in a brownstone building on Lenox Avenue has found a buyer prior to its scheduled auction.

Vice President Richard Maltz of the David R. Maltz & Co. auction firm told me in a telephone interview that a purchaser offered $1.166 million, including a 6 percent buyer’s premium, on Jan. 18, the first day that the property was available for inspection.  He declined to identify the buyer in what he described as company policy.  Continue reading

Harlem brownstone used as church faces auction

227 Lenox Ave.

Change of plans: Out and About will be posted next week

The bankruptcy auction of a 6,398-sf building configured as a church and including four apartments on Lenox Avenue in Harlem is scheduled for Feb. 2

Among five other properties to be auctioned are a one-bedroom co-op in Castle Village (where I once lived for 10 years) overlooking the Hudson River in Manhattan’s Washington Heights, a four-bedroom single-family home in St. Albans, Queens, and a one-bedroom co-op in Briarwood, Queens.

Springfield Missionary Baptist Church has been the owner of the central Harlem building, which is in need of renovation and lacks a proper certificate of occupancy.

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Another Manhattan luxury unit to be auctioned

It first went on the market in February of 2007. The price: $1.5 million

On Nov. 15 last year, the price was reduced to $1.149 million, and it was cut again, to $995,000, last February. The one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath unit on Central Park South went under contract a couple of weeks later, but the deal fell apart within days.

Then, the 1,026-square apartment in a white-glove building was taken off the market in October.

Now Apartment 8C at 110 Central Park South, which is being sold furnished can be yours at an auction on Dec. 17. Continue reading

Now, 2 more luxury condos on the block this week

Two sensational condos are to be auctioned this week in Manhattan.

Museum Tower

Museum Tower

One is a 1,204-sf one-bedroom apartment on the 18th floor of the Museum Tower.  To be sold fully furnished, the condo has a Midtown address: 15 W. 53rd St., #18F.  With high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and one and a half baths, the unit is in a building with every imaginable amenity.

The owner was Dan Wise, accused in April of running a $67 million Ponzi scheme based on phony real estate investments.

The other one is an 889-sf unit with balcony overlooking Times Square from the 11th Floor.  Its address is 1600 Broadway, #11B.  Continue reading