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

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

Unsold for 30 years. One careful owner.

Might listen to offers.

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  • 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?

    • 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.

  • 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 ?

  • $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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • (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.

  • 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.

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