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