Tamir Sapir, a Soviet immigrant who started out as a cab driver, once owned this sprawling estate. Sapir realized that he wasn’t ever going to get ahead driving a taxi, so he diversified his business ventures, saved up his money, and started investing in New York City real estate.
It would seem that he was destined for greatness. By 2002, Sapir was a bona-fide billionaire.
Imagine that! You come to the United States with almost nothing, and end up living here, in one of the grandest estates of Kings Point. Horatio Alger couldn’t have written it any better himself.
What a perfect place for the climax of a [...]
The Hamptons: the very name is synonymous with wealth and privilege. This small and exclusive corner of the world is where the rich and famous go to attend lavish parties, enjoy world-class cuisine, shop for designer clothes and objet d’arte, and escape the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple.
But even in a part of the country where the median home sales price handily tops $5 million, 40 Sayres Path is a rare jewel.Gallery-Ready Living in the Hamptons, NY
Here is a home that is a work of art in every sense of the word. Every vantage point, each architectural detail, even the materials comprising this splendid home were hand-selected by renowned architects Alfredo [...]
Not too long ago, the 212 West 18th Street in New York City was looking rather shabby. Nearly derelict, this 1929 art-deco building was being used by Verizon wireless to store copper wires. But New York real estate developer Michael Stern saw plenty of potential in this neglected high-rise, and the rest is, as they say, history.
For starters, famed deco architect Ralph Thomas Walker designed the building, and fans of New York architecture may recognize the name. His was the creative mind behind the stately 1 Wall Street, the former Western Union Building at 60 Hudson, and Times Square Building in Rochester, with its distinctive aluminum wings.
Looking at the lovingly [...]
You don’t have to look far to find a luxury home, but a residence this grand is a rare find, indeed. 18 Skyline Drive is no mere home; in fact, it’s a castle in every sense of the word, and for a limited time, this breathtaking stronghold can be yours.Welcome Home, Your Majesty
What would coming home be like if you lived here?
Picture yourself in the back seat of a limousine or in the cockpit of an exotic supercar, just returning from a star-studded gala or a trip around the world. You’ll pull up to the custom wrought iron gates, enter your security code, and glide past the life-sized lions guarding either side of the [...]
If Britain is to be considered the birthplace of bangers and mash, then it’s Buffalo, New York where the lowly chicken wing rose to fame and still (in certain recipes) maintains its “Buffalo” moniker, conjuring hot sauce anticipation and (for me) cool fall evenings on a finger lake in upstate New York.
As a Brit on my first sojourn to the States in ’82, I marveled at how the buffalos I had seen in old Westerns actually had tender bones I could munch on. And it was after a hour or so of gorging on these delicacies that a Bostonian, taking pity on a strange guy with a very strong accent, told me they were actually [...]
We all love the ocean. There’s just something about the feeling of the sand between your toes, the invigorating saltwater breeze, and the sound of sea birds that sets the soul at ease. For many of us, a visit to the sea is a rare treat, a temporary escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Then, when the weekend’s over, we have to pack up our kites and swimsuits and head back to the daily grind. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Case in point: 175 Dune Road in Westhampton Beach, New York. Here, you’re free to take a swim in the impossibly blue waters of the mighty Atlantic any time the mood suits you, and you certainly can’t beat the view from your bedroom window. [...]