Nosy New Yorkers can finally peer into the billionaire Mets owner And Real estate junkie Steve Cohen’s West Huge building of the village.
Cohen’s royal compound includes a newly built townhouse mansion at 145 Perry St., as well as an adjacent building – just for their children – at 703 Washington St.
Critics for the Tani area have called it the fort and the middle finger.
“I’m stunned,” said one neighbor, walking his dog. “It looks like a big white whale has finally been unveiled.”
“We don’t think it’s appropriate for the neighborhood,” said Andrew Burman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Commission. “The city criticizes us and our neighborhood for lack of affordable housing and then approves megamansions. The mayor is speaking from both sides of the mouth.
The billionaires have been hovering over the adjacent West Village spreads and combining them to create a truly gigantic home for a while. For example, Facebook co-founder Sean Parker owns numbers 26, 38 and 40 on West 10th Street. (Parker bought the townhouses separately for $ 58.5 million and then spent tens of millions to renovate it.)
But it’s different because it’s ground-building, Berman said. “We pushed back. Our hope is that this is not the future,” Berman said.
Cohen bought 145 Perry St. in Washington’s corner for $ 28.8 million in 2012. The same year he bought 703 Washington St. for $ 38.8 million. They have the combined address of 703-711 Washington and serve as a structure.
At first, the compound was supposed to be a seven-story, 93-room hotel. It was later offered as a $ 20 million, six-storey townhouse. Now, addresses are Cohen’s personal fortress, designed by Leroy Street Studio with Robert Sillman Associates Structural Engineers.
The bronze, terracotta and wooden mansion is a 30,000 sq ft basement with four levels of cellar, landscaped roof deck, curved staircase, fireplaces, lifts and a rear garden.
There was outrage when the city’s Landmarks Conservation Commission signed the plan in 2017. But these days, some neighbors are more comfortable with the castle.
Daniel Schindler, the “youngest” 88-year-old veteran living across the street, has been photographed since the compound began a few years ago.
“I was looking at building it,” said Mets fan Schindler, whose third-floor apartment looks like a new home. “I wonder what the interior looks like. I’m very curious. When he goes in, I knock on his door and introduce myself. I’ll ask him to look inside and see if he can invite me to his Chanukah party.
Still, he said, the mansion was’ out of place in the hood.
“I’ll put it this way, it probably fits well in Washington, DC,” he said. “It looks like a federal building. It’s a little out of place.”