Drink on Bernstein’s balcony? The penthouse is up for sale

Drink on Bernstein’s balcony? The penthouse is up for sale


norman lebrecht

November 09, 2020

Sotheby’s are selling the Park Avenue duplex for $29.5 million.

Unsold for 30 years. One careful owner.

Might listen to offers.


  • drummerman says:

    Lovely but why did I think the Maestro lived in The Dakota apartment building on the west side? Any New Yorkers out there who could shed some light?

    • William Evans says:

      Bernstein definitely lived at The Dakota in his latter years – his funeral cortege left that building. The Bernstein family did, however, formerly live at this Park Avenue address.

  • Pedro says:

    As far as I know, LB lived in the Dakota Building, also home of Lauren Bacall and John Lennon.

  • Pedro says:

    In Central Park West, not Park Avenue.

  • J Kaznowski says:

    But he lived in the Dakota Building the last 20 years of his life (where Lennon was shot) and surely that’s not Park Ave ?

  • Ronald Cavaye says:

    I thought Bernstein lived in the Dakota building…?

  • mary says:

    $29.5 million is relatively cheap. Money is not the problem, the hardest part is getting past the notorious NY co-op board.


    Today, being the music director of the New York Philharmonic would give you neither the financial wherewithal nor the caché to get into such a building. A nice walk-up on the Upper West Side, behind Lincoln Center, near 9th Avenue, sure. On the Upper East Side, Park Avenue, with view of Central Park? Ha ha, surely you jest.

  • mary says:

    For those interested in Bernstein’s apartments in New York, and a peek into the live styles of billionaire New Yorkers, dead, old, and young, past and present:



  • Pianofortissimo says:

    This must be “Leonard and Felicia Bernstein’s thirteen-room penthouse duplex on Park Avenue”, as mentioned by Tom Wolfe in “Radical Chic”. By the way, “Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers” (1970) is still a very good read, maybe more actual than it ever has been.

  • V.Lind says:

    1. That’s a terrace, not a balcony.

    2. LB lived there prior to living at the Dakota.

    3. Unsold for 30 years makes it sound as if nobody has occupied it since Bernstein. Not so.

    • Tiredofitall says:

      (from NYT) The sprawling duplex, atop 895 Park Avenue, at East 79th Street, is being sold by the family of Carol Feinberg, an art collector and philanthropist who died last year. She and her husband, Maurice Feinberg, a wine and spirits importer who died in 2002, bought the co-op unit from the Bernsteins in 1974.

  • Nick says:

    LB live in Dakota on CPW & 72. That’s a FACT!

  • Doc Martin says:

    Garech de Brun’s pile Luggala in Wicklow went for 28m Euro, miles better.


  • Chris Ponto says:

    LB lived at the Osbourne, diagonally across from Carnegie Hall, early in his career. Then he moved to this Park Avenue apartment for a while. His last home, where he died, was the Dakota.