The Picturesque Shoreline Cottage

This lovely waterfront Victorian Gothic cottage features spectacular, panoramic views, stretching from Manhattan to the Verrazano Bridge. View this house straight-on and it looks like it might be located in a Southern village, but when you turn around get ready for a shock; you’ll see a sandy beach with Manhattan in the distance. The home features dormer windows, scalloped valances, and a vine covered piazza. This romantic cottage is the ideal backdrop for shoots and events.

Square footage: Exterior usage only. 1 acre.

Amenities/Details:

  • Parking on the property and street for trailers and cars
  • Waterfront
  • Views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Verrazano Bridge
  • Plenty of open space for event tents

The Modern Penthouse

Take the old-fashioned gated elevator in this Federal-style townhouse up to the uber-modern penthouse apartment with a patio, balcony, and a roof deck planted with grass, trees and flowers. The huge California kitchen is a chef’s heaven! Dine under the incredible modern skylight. The view from the roof is out of this world.

Square footage: 2,000 (Chef-style kitchens, one bathroom, study, roof patio, lofty living room, small back deck, balcony)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Small elevator
  • Skylights
  • City views

The Painted Lady Victorian

This stately Victorian used to be the home of a brick baron. Oddly enough, he built his own home with wood and not brick. The exterior of this grand mansion has been meticulously painted in a variety of historic colors. The lookout tower has 360 degree views of Staten Island and Raritan Bay. There are elegant wallpapers, formal curtains, grand fireplaces, and sumptuous embossed leather walls in the entrance hall. The large property has plenty of parking and a small pond.

Square footage: 6,000 (Bedrooms, living rooms, hallways, kitchen, bathrooms, basement)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Pond
  • Wrap around porch
  • Parking

The Manhattan Townhouse

This brick Federal-style townhouse opens up to a swirling ornate staircase that appears infinite. The townhouse features creamy paneled walls, fireplaces in almost every room, pocket doors, ornate columns, and a working antique elevator with a metal gate. All of the soaring windows have delightful built-in antique shutters. There are two large, modern, chef-style kitchens and one galley kitchen. At the top of this six-story manse there is a uber-modern penthouse apartment with a patio, balcony, and a roof deck planted with grass, trees and flowers. The view from the roof is out of this world.

Square footage: 12,000 (Bedrooms, living rooms, hallways, three chef-style kitchens, bathrooms, study, roof deck, finished basement, small back deck, penthouse patio)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Small elevator
  • Skylights

The Manhattan Penthouse

The Penthouse is the ultimate, perfect Manhattan loft.  It has large skylights, stunning city views, huge walls of windows, big open spaces, some furniture (rustic, classic, and antique), a remarkable bathroom (with an open shower and clawfoot tub), and a roofdeck with fantastic views of Manhattan. This loft can be rented in conjunction with “The Gotham Loft,” which is downstairs in the same building.

Square footage: 4,500 (or 9,000 square feet if rented with the Gotham Loft which is separated by an elegant staircase.)

Amenities/Details:

  • 150 person limit for events
  • band and DJS are fine, no sound limitations
  • Full kitchen for catering
  • Elevator direct to loft
  • I-pod ready stereo
  • Folding tables (Three 6’ )
  • Also included is the furniture you see on the website, most of which are easily movable.
  • Rolling racks (Two with about 20 hangers each)
  • Extension cords (Six, various lengths)
  • Roof usage available for a separate fee
  • Apple boxes  (Four Full size, Four 1/2 & Four 1/4)
  • Four V flats  (1/2” B & W Foam Core)
  • Sand bags  (Six)
  • Auto poles & cross bars  (1 set w/ clamps & J hooks)
  • Camera cart
  • Steamer
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • May be rented with The Gotham Loft downstairs for a combined fee of $11,280
  • Freight elevator

The Gotham Loft

This is a handsome Manhattan loft that also looks and feels like a cozy home. It is large and lofty, yet it has architectural touches more frequently associated with houses, like a grand cherry wood staircase, classic fireplace mantle, comfy leather armchairs, and rustic wide plank oak floors. This loft can be rented in conjunction with “The Penthouse Loft,” which is upstairs in the same building. The windows face South, West and North. There is access to a roof deck with incredible views of the Empire State Building and the Manhattan skyline.

Square footage: 4,500 (or 9,000 square feet if rented with the The Penthouse Loft which is separated by an elegant staircase — request the fee to rent both spaces and/or the roof in addition to this loft).

Amenities/Details:

  • 150 person limit for events
  • band and DJS are fine, no sound limitations
  • Full kitchen for catering
  • Elevator direct to loft
  • I-pod ready stereo
  • Folding tables (Three 6’ )
  • Also included is the furniture you see on the website, most of which are easily movable.
  • Rolling racks (Two with about 20 hangers each)
  • Extension cords (Six, various lengths)
  • Roof usage available for a separate fee
  • Apple boxes  (Four Full size, Four 1/2 & Four 1/4)
  • Four V flats  (1/2” B & W Foam Core)
  • Sand bags  (Six)
  • Auto poles & cross bars  (1 set w/ clamps & J hooks)
  • Camera cart
  • Steamer
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Freight elevator
  • Client hires their own caterer

Water Tower Roofdeck

The empire state building looks close enough to touch. When I had a party on this roof, I installed a merry-go-round. Can you imagine riding a merry-go-round next to the Empire State Building? This roofdeck can be rented in conjunction with the Penthouse Loft, The Gotham Loft or the Voyeur’s Loft which are on floors below it. The roof is accessible by a large elevator. Request a price for rental in conjunction with one of the lofts below.

Square footage: 3,000

Amenities/Details:

  • City Views
  • Elevator to roof
  • Roof deck

Voyeur’s Loft

This classic, simple open loft is a blank slate. It features industrial cement floors, simple furnishings, a fireplace, and walls of windows facing other buildings’ windows. This is the perfect blank slate of a loft.

Square footage: 1,900 (Open layout, bathrooms, kitchen)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • City Views
  • Elevator to loft
  • Roof deck available for an additional fee

Stately Manor

The exterior of this house is unusually handsome and masculine for a Victorian, with bold lines, rounded walls, and muted colors. The interior, with its grand, staircase, built-in window seats, stained-glass windows, clawfoot tubs, and ornate fireplaces, is more traditional Victorian fare. The furniture is also Victorian, but there are some more modern 1950s pieces thrown in here and there. This house is filled to the brim with knick-knacks, art and glassware. There is a long outdoor terrace that runs along the back of the house to showcase the view of Manhattan and the water… and speaking of the view, it speaks for itself.

Square footage: 4,500

Amenities/Details:

  • Full kitchen
  • Driveway
  • Free parking on the street
  • Yard
  • Large terrace

 

The Great Gatsby Mansion

I drove by this stucco and terra cotta mansion one day in 2006. It was for sale, so I drove my car through its circular drive and parked. As I sat in my car I was reminded of the house in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary masterpiece. I imagined I was a guest arriving for a grand party in a 1928 Rolls Royce Ascot Tourer. I nicknamed the house The Great Gatsby after that. Since then I have spent some time in the home. It boasts a ballroom sized parlor, shiny parquet floors, pocket doors, grand fireplaces, beamed ceilings, a handsome dark wood staircase, and jawdropping views of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and the New York City harbor.

Square footage: 15,000

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Water views