A-Rod Pursues Central Park West, Home to Stars

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Alex Rodriguez is rumored to be aggressively pursuing a spot in 15 Central Park West, one of Manhattan’s most glamorous addresses. It takes quite a pretty penny to call 15 Central Park West home, so it’s hardly surprising to see top celebs and athletes among the building’s dwellers. Following his public divorce battle with wife Cynthia, the Yankees third baseman put his 4,600-square-foot Trump Park Avenue pad on the market for $14 million. It shouldn’t be particularly surprising that Rodriguez is looking at a home in 15 Central Park West, considering that A-Rod’s “galpal” Madonna lives nearby at 41 Central Park West. The two bonded over Kabbalah, and Madge was a key figure in A-Rod’s divorce. Yankee fans have often been frustrated by A-Rod’s failures to deliver in the clutch. If A-Rod wants some advice on playing the hero, potential new neighbor Denzel Washington might have a tip or two. Two structures, the house (20 stories) and the tower (43 stories), overlook a courtyard on the street level. The magnificent lobby, a 35-by-45-foot room, includes two fireplaces. In addition to glamorous living quarters (ceilings in the building’s apartments rise 10 to 14 feet above the floors while the windows are as large as 16 feet), residents have access to a private screening room — A-Rod can catch up on Madge’s latest movies. Of course, A-Rod wouldn’t have to be a recluse, as he’d hardly want for conversation partners in his own building. Sting introduced the slugger and the songstress, and has a residence at 15 Central Park West with wife Trudie Styler. in addition to a 14,000 square-foot workout facility, sauna and spa treatment rooms, the building features a 75-foot skylit lap pool. Meanwhile, A-Rod may be able to help mend his relationship with the media after a relentless tabloid blitz during his divorce. Sports anchor Bob Costas bought a condo in the prestigious building in late 2007. A-Rod won’t be the only sport star on the block: NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon is one of the wealthy inhabitants of 15 Central Park West. As part of the amenities package, residents have access to private dining services. An in-house chef provides full catering from an at-home romantic dinner for two to a four-course custom menu for 80 guests. If the third baseman is looking for financial advice, he may want to go knocking on some nearby doors. Daniel Loeb, chief executive officer of hedgefund firm Third Point LLC, also enjoys a view of the park from the limestone building. World War II vet-turned-TV-roducer Norman Lear, the man behind such shows as ‘All in the Family,’ ‘Sanford and Son,’ ‘Good Times,’ ‘Different Strokes,’ ‘Who’s the Boss?’ and ‘The Jeffersons,’ also has a pricey pad in the building. Talk about ‘Movin’ On Up!’ A-Rod will have a chance to chat with Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein about the bank’s recent deal with the Yankees. Goldman Sachs is reportedly teaming up with the baseball team for a food and retail franchise at the new $1.3 billion ballpark. Ed Snider might have some common ground with Rodriguez as well. Snider’s Comcast-Spectator owns the Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia Flyers, and Snider also owned part of the Eagles. And Sandy Weill, Chairman of Citigroup, has also forked over a hefty amount for a 15 Central Park West address.

VIA NY Daily News

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