“There are three ways of doing things around here: the right way, the wrong way, and the way that I do it” -Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein, Robert De Niro in Casino.

When it comes to abiding by his iconic statements, De Niro comes out a man of his word, on-screen and off-screen. The two-time Oscar-winning actor has an idealistic or a ‘De Niro’ approach even when it comes to his home. ‘His way of doing things is very evidently showcased in his residences as well.

Manhattan Home

The actor’s former New York Penthouse occupies two floors in its totality. It offers magnificent panoramic vistas of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline. Located in the charming Tribeca neighbourhood, and boasting of its proud industrial past, the Greenwich Village building, dating back to the 1920s, was originally a manufacturing facility for maraschino cherries. Hanging above the New York skyline, it is an elegant and generously proportioned penthouse that the legend Robert De Niro calls home.

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The brainchild of renowned Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt and Japanese Architect Tatsuro Miki, the iconic residence revolves around the Japanese concept of Wabi, which implicates the idea of highlighting the beauty of imperfections in things and spaces. Influences from its neighbourhood can be seen in the penthouse in its use of humble materials to create a sense of utter elegance and timelessness. According to Vervoordt, the entire penthouse was designed with the core value of harmonizing the industrial top and the building below. This sense of harmony was emphasized through the use of local material and colour palettes as well as the reclamation of wood, stone, and other remnants of its historical past.

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The penthouse crowned atop a commercial loft-turned-cooperative has an immense value that exceeds far beyond the sprinkling of star power and a location between the meatpacking district and West Village.

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The 6800 square foot penthouse sits stop the hotel with De Niro and Ira Druckier as partners of the estate. Around 2800 square feet of area features open planning with living and drawing rooms, a master suite, bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a walk-in kitchen for a professional chef. The remaining 4000 square foot area is distributed all across the property in the form of sprawling outdoor spaces upon two green terraces; one which is accessible via drawing and living areas and the other adjoining the large living room. 

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The scale and grandeur of this revamped contemporary home are well evident upon arrival. The entrance area is an open, two-storeyed foyer with walls of full-height windows looking outwards onto a beautiful interior courtyard. The penthouse also contains a huge living room with a furnished wood-burning fireplace. It also houses a formal dining room, a media room, a library with yet another fireplace, and an eat-in open kitchen. There is a third fireplace in the master suite on the upper level of the penthouse. The upper-level consists of a master suite, walk-in closets with respective windows, and a steam room. The building provides seven private parking spots in its private garage.  Multilevel landscaped terraces blanketing the spaces, aim at providing a sense of tranquility and serenity amidst the chaos of the city. The upper terrace is composed of an outdoor dining area, a spa, and a pool with seating arrangements that overlook the Manhattan skyline. 

15 Central Park West Home

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Located at Central Park West, the full-floor pad proudly boasts of being Robert De Niro’s new home after his beloved Tribeca. It comes as one of the city’s most expensive rentals. Situated on the 35th floor, 35A and 35B are two units combined to form the iconic 35AB that host De Niro. This home came as an alternative to their former triplex at the Brentmore, 88 Central Park West when it witnessed a fire accident in 2012. Since then the couple, De Niro and Grace Hightower has been renting in the West Village waiting for the renovations to be completed in their former permanent home.

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The Robert De Niro home at Central Park Street, a 6000 square feet, five-bedroom, architectural beauty, belongs to steel magnate Leroy Schecter. The property was bought by Leroy in 2008 for a whopping $18.9 million. The condo was put on auction on the market in 2012 for a price of $95 million.

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The apartment is super spacious and features Eastern, Western and Southern exposures. The property also boasts views of Central Park, downtown Manhattan, and the Hudson River. This Robert De Niro home includes a huge closed kitchen, two laundry rooms, a gallery space, and an abundance of closet spaces. The home opens up to a foyer area which travels all the way to a library. As one walks through the space, a huge living room will be found to their right and a grand dining area to their left. The master bedroom is designed with seating and dressing areas and an en suite bathroom.

Reference

ScreenRant. 2022. The 15 Most Iconic Quotes From Scorsese’s Casino. [online] Available at: <https://screenrant.com/casino-scorsese-best-most-memorable-quotes/> [Accessed 27 August 2022].

Cityrealty.com. 2022. Tour Inside West Village Penthouse Once Home to Robert De Niro, Just Sold for $18M. [online] Available at: <https://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/market-insight/features/notable-sales/tour-inside-west-village-penthouse-once-home-robert-de-niro-just-sold-18m/19164> [Accessed 27 August 2022].

Nast, C., 2022. Robert De Niro’s Former Home in Manhattan. [online] Architectural Digest. Available at: <https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/robert-de-niro-former-manhattan-penthouse> [Accessed 27 August 2022].

Doge, A. and Doge, A., 2022. Robert De Niro Moves into $125K-Per-Month Rental at 15 Central Park West | 6sqft. [online] 6sqft. Available at: <https://www.6sqft.com/rober-de-niro-moves-into-125k-per-month-rental-at-15-central-park-west/> [Accessed 27 August 2022].

 

Author

Deeptam Das is an architecture student with an appetite to explore the potentiality of architecture as a tool for societal transformation. An art enthusiast, he could be spotted scribbling on walls and etching thoughts upon classroom desks. He aspires to explore the relationship between architecture & communities across the globe.

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