Jeffrey Zucker, the president of CNN who previously headed NBCUniversal, has closed on the sale of his sprawling Upper East Side apartment.
He and his wife, Caryn Zucker, sold the third-floor unit at 32 East 64th Street to Michael Steinhardt, a hedge fund pioneer and philanthropist, and his wife, Judith Steinhardt, for almost $15.4 million. This was the highest price for a co-op and among the most expensive transactions in New York City in February.
A West Chelsea townhouse that appeared in NBC’s popular “Seinfeld” TV sitcom — it was Elaine Benes’s home, at least from the outside — also sold last month for $6.8 million.
February’s priciest closing took place in the West Village, where a brand-new duplex penthouse at 90 Morton Street, a boutique condominium conversion, was acquired for just under $25 million.
listing with Warburg Realty. The home, which is just a block from Central Park, also has three working fireplaces.
The couple paid $12.3 million for the unit in 2007, after which they commenced a top-to-bottom renovation, adding various finishes such as lacquer to the walls in the library and silk velvet treatments in the dining room. They initially listed the apartment for $17.5 million last year.
The new owner, Mr. Steinhardt, ran a hedge fund bearing his name until the mid-1990s and has donated millions of dollars to city institutions, among them, New York University. In 2019 he retired as the chairman of WisdomTree Investments.
The apartment’s closing coincided with Mr. Zucker’s recent announcement that he planned to step down from his job running CNN at the end of the year. While he was at NBC, he introduced programs like “Fear Factor,” and he gave Donald J. Trump his start in reality TV with the show “The Apprentice.”
listing with Reuveni Real Estate. The duplex also has two wraparound terraces, totaling 2,029 square feet, that provide scenic views of the Hudson River and Midtown skyline.
The most recent asking price was $33 million; monthly carrying costs are $21,416. The buyer was identified in property records as the Morton Street Revocable Trust.
The 12-story, 35-unit condo, on the corner of Morton and Greenwich Street, offers numerous amenities, including a children’s playroom, a fitness center and a 64-foot salt water pool.
The “Elaine Benes” townhouse at 408 West 20th Street, which sold for $6.8 million, was used for exterior shots in “Seinfeld” back in the 1990s. It is five stories tall and 21.5 feet wide, with classic front steps and a lushly landscaped rear garden.
The house encompasses 4,730 square feet and currently contains six bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths. There is also a recreation room in the finished basement and multiple fireplaces.
The building’s top portion can be rented out as a duplex apartment, but the house can also be “easily restored to a single-family residence,” according to the listing with Sotheby’s International Realty.