May 14, 2011
Johnny Depp spends $66K on chairs at antique shop
...$66,000 on chairs at Liza Sherman Antiques in the West Village back in January. According to a source, the “Dark Shadows” star spent $600 apiece for 40 chairs made from reclaimed oil barrels, and splurged on 12 Ethiopian “chief chairs” at $3,500 each. (Two of the seats, which the Bedford St. store’s website notes are each hand-carved from one piece of wood, can now be bought for a discount at $6,500.) The insider says that although Depp got enough chairs for a classroom, the purchase was for “personal use.” He must have a helluva big house. Depp’s rep did not respond to a request for comment.
March 4, 2011
Julianne Moore's West Village House Back on Market for $12.5M
by Sara Polsky
Critics gave actress and children's book author Julianne Moore's West Village townhouse (you need multiple revenue streams to afford a place like this) two thumbs up when it hit the market in August 2009. But good reviews do not a blockbuster make, and Moore didn't find a buyer for the $11.995 million property. Which means it's time to list it again...for more money. Moore has just put the 6BR house back on the market after pulling it one year ago, and now it's asking $12.5 million. Nothing appears to have changed in the house itself—take a look above—which means it still has a dedicated children's
floor and that sweet 49-foot garden.
The High Line connects the historic district to the art galleries in Chelsea and points north. The elevated train tracks running parallel to Tenth Avenue have been converted to an open greenway. The tracks once served the businesses in the area, but have been long abandoned. Instead of demolishing the structure, the unique features have been used to benefit the entire city.
The neighborhood is distinguished by streets that are "off the grid" — set at an angle to the other streets in Manhattan — sometimes confusing both tourists and city residents alike. These roads were laid out in an 18th century grid plan, approximately parallel or perpendicular to the Hudson, long before
the Commissioners' Plan of 1811 which created the main street grid plan for later
parts of the city.