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Statuesque actress Uma Thurman has just listed her stunning New York City townhouse for sale at $14.2 million, the RealEstalker reports. Located on a bucolic block of West 9th Street off lower Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village, the elegant 25-ft. wide, five-story, 5,086-sq-ft. pre-war brownstone built c.1900 features seven bedrooms, six-and-a-half baths, and six fireplaces. Described as a "rare and spectacular offering" by Sotheby's International Realty, its centerpiece is a grand, elegant parlor with an oversized bay window at the front and southern sun flooding in from the rear. The dining area overlooks the stylized south garden, which has its own outdoor gas fireplace, and has direct access via a stair from the terrace. The full-floor master suite and sitting area have grand proportions and ample closets. Four additional bedrooms and a full stair to a roof deck complete the upper floors. The garden level has an under-stoop entry, a separate guest apartment and a large family room which opens directly onto the garden. It seems Uma, who has not confirmed ownership of the property, may be downgrading; last summer she purchased a Gramercy Park duplex for $2.65 million.
Gallery: Uma Thurman's NYC Townhouse
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For Fashion Week fuel ups, 10 Downing Food & Wine in Greenwich Village has extended its prix-fixe Restaurant Week menu through NYC Fashion Week, February 11-18. The restaurant has already seen some attention from the fashion world, designers who have dined there include Peter Som, Cynthia Rowley, Christian Siriano and Erin Fetherston. The prix fixe three-course menu of "Farm to Table" cuisine created by Executive Chef Jonnatan Leiva (a rising star from San Francisco who joined the restaurant last fall) uses fresh locally sourced ingredients. The menu, which costs $24.07 includes a celery root and apple soup, a rosemary roasted pork shoulder sandwich with cabbage, apple and celery slaw and a desert of butterscoth pot de crème. The full menu is after the jump.
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The renovations have taken years, resulting in legal action from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and a $15 million lawsuit against Leibovitz by her next-door neighbor. The suit was settled in 2003, when the photographer bought the litigant's building for $1.87 million. So, she wound up paying for three properties (12,000 sq. ft. in all), which contributed to a tenuous financial situation and the loan from Art Capital Group, according to Bloomberg News.
These transactions were only part of a mountain of debt amassed by the photographer. From 1999 to 2008, Leibovitz borrowed extensively to purchase property and refinance the debt she was carrying. In total, her activity stretched to more than a dozen loans, Bloomberg News reports, all on the back of her real estate holdings. Two 2006 loans – for $4.7 million in November and $2.5 million in December – were extended by Rhinebeck Properties LLC, which happens to have the same address as Conde Nast Publications Inc.
Beware of acute real estate envy setting in with a new book called The Houses of Greenwich Village (Abrams, $45), by Kevin D. Murphy and Paul Rocheleau. We happen to think it's the nicest neighborhood in New York, and having resided there on occasion look forward to retuning some day - preferably to one of the palatial places pictured in this amazing anthology.
From the incredible Walter W. Price house, built in 1866 (the elaborate parlor of which is pictured above), to the quaint row houses that still command prices in the millions, Greenwich Village is a throwback to a simpler and more gracious time in the city's rich history. And thanks to the unswerving efforts of preservationists, it's likely to remain that way. Check out the gallery for a tour through this exclusive and desirable district.
Gallery: Houses of Greenwich Village