In the News: $45 Million Mansion Sold

••• “Tribeca’s 23,500-square-foot loft mansion, 144 Duane Street, has, at long last, entered contract. The insane 150-year-old former shoe store first hit the market in 2011 with an asking price of $45 million and the amenities to match, offering such luxuries as a basement basketball court, landscaped roof deck, soaring ceilings, and one of the all-time great floating staircases.” —Curbed

••• “FDR Bar, which opened last week, is serving up drinks and tacos at an outdoor seating area of a still under-construction restaurant that sits just south of Pier 15.” —DNAinfo

••• The “beach” at the East River Waterfront got funding. —Broadsheet

••• Eater checks in on the Seaport’s Bridge Café and the Paris Café, both of which were damaged badly by Sandy.

••• Actor Orlando Bloom walked around Tribeca shirtless and the New York Times declared a trend. There needs to be a word for “journalism” that’s simultaneously disdainful and turned on: The subtext here is “We don’t approve but secretly we do.”

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