If you can get past the decor, it's a beautiful space. Two-page article. Stunning carving on page 2.
Is this the best living room in New York City?
This salon with 24-foot-high ceilings is part of a $20 million upper West Side prewar apartment now on the market.
By Jason Sheftell/ NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Thursday, August 23, 2012, 6:17 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 23, 2012, 6:52 PM
Light, art and space fill a living room at 44 W. 77th St.
Looking north over the American Museum of Natural History and Central Park through a movie-screen-size wall of steel-cased windows, a single living room with 24-foot-high ceilings is half as long as a basketball court. In the day, light floods in. At night, the minarets of the museum appear like tops of lit temples in Marrakesh or Istanbul. An 8-foot working stone fireplace built in the 17th-century on the Iberian Peninsula centers the room. Floor to ceiling Corinthian columns give the feeling of being in a museum, castle, or giant public library. With the exception of where kings and queens live, this might be the greatest salon of any city apartment in the world. Adored by titans, infants and strong women with hearts of gold, it could be the greatest living room in the history of New York City.RICHARD CAPLAN
44 W. 77th St.
It’s for sale. For $20 million, this room can be yours, as well as the apartment of more than 4,200 square feet, three bedrooms and 2½ baths that comes with it. The home has a dining room with original paneling, wine cellar, library, another fireplace and a large kitchen built for entertaining. A Venetian plaster ceiling painted light blue, yellow and white tops the experience, drawing attention away from the outside world. It doesn't matter who lives here now. Their names, I mean. They’re a couple from Latin America. He works in art; she in philanthropy and finance. They have grand children now, and matters to attend to in other countries. It’s simply time to go.Jeff Bachner for New York Daily News
Children's toys are just as at home as art.
Parting with this home, though, is not easy. Somehow, the couple turned this giant space into a cozy family room as full of memories as it is art. Little kid’s plastic cars fill the corner of the room under works by Cuban master Emilio Sanchez. Photographs of happy moments line the low-slung shelf below the wall of windows, restored four years ago by specialists who work on historic spaces.Evan Joseph
Views of the Musuem of Natural History and park are almost secondary to the room.
“As soon as I walked in and saw this room, I said I’ll take it,” says the woman owner, who purchased the home in 1997. “I saw 130 apartments. I needed someplace for art. Here, it was the light, space and flexibility. I just thought this room could be anything. That’s what makes it so special: If you have imagination, this room can be anything you want it to be.”Over the years, it has been. To the naked eye, it’s an art and furniture gallery. A wood table and chair set by George Nakashimi, arguably the top woodworking artisan of the 20th century, anchors one side of the room. The Miro-like ceiling is by Madrid-based artist Ramon Canet, who lived and painted in the apartment while the owners did early renovations.
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