Forest Whitaker Bags Historic Upper East Side Duplex

Not quite a year on from selling his Hollywood compound for $3.85 million, Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker has headed back East — specifically, to the Big Apple — where he’s ponied up almost $1.6 million for a garden duplex on Manhattan’s ritzy Upper East Side.

Situated on a quiet, tree-lined street in the tony Lenox Hill neighborhood, a block away from Central Park and Museum Mile, Whitaker’s new three-bedroom and three-bath residence is located in an eight-unit, four-story building that dates to 1920. Though modernized, the home, likely a pied-à-terre for the perennially busy actor, has throwback reminders of its former incarnation as a grand townhouse. On the two-story co-op’s upper level, an entrance foyer leads to a spacious living/dining area with pre-war features such as original wood columns and a gas fireplace. Thickly stacked crown moldings are matched with light hardwood floors and mirrored walls, while French doors

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Former Friendly’s in Forest Park sells for $600K; same investors buy 3 other closed Friendly’s

SPRINGFIELD — A Norwood real estate company purchased the closed Friendly’s property near Forest Park at the end of September for $600,000 and the boarded-up restaurant is now advertised for lease.

The sale is detailed in papers filed Sept. 30 at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds and appears to be a part of a portfolio of old Friendly’s locations sold by the chain’s corporate parent. The location is at 65 Sumner Ave.

The Friendly’s – a 4,700-square-foot space – closed in 2018 as part of Friendly’s continued downsizing. It was built in 1979.

The new owner is Charles River Realty Group, according to records.

12/3/2018 -Springfield- Friendly’s at 65 Sumner Ave. in Springfield soon after it closed in December 2018. (Don Treeger / The Republican)

An employee answering the phone there Thursday said there are no immediate plans for the Springfield location and declined to answer further questions.


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Forest Whitaker buys Upper East Side apartment with Greek-inspired garden for $1.6M

Listing images by Alan Barry; courtesy of Compass

Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker has purchased a duplex apartment on the Upper East Side for $1.595 million, according to city property records. Located at 42 East 73rd Street, the three-bed, three-bath home boasts a Greek-inspired garden, with stately columns, a brick patio, and mature plantings. Whitaker, who is also a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate for the United Nations, snagged the property for about 8 percent less than the last listed asking price of $1.74 million. It was first listed last October for $1.895 million.

42 East 73 Street, Upper East Side, Cool Listings, Co-ops  42 East 73 Street, Upper East Side, Cool Listings, Co-ops

Located between Madison and Park Avenues and just a block from Central Park, the duplex could serve as the perfect pied-à-terre, according to the listing. On the upper level, an entrance foyer leads to a large living-dining area with charming pre-war features like crown molding, hardwood floors, and a gas fireplace.

42 East 73 Street, Upper East Side, Cool Listings, Co-ops

42 East 73 Street, Upper East Side, Cool Listings, Co-ops

42 East 73 Street, Upper East Side, Cool Listings, Co-ops

On this level, there’s also a

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