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Gimme Shelter

May 11, 2006 -- Nobody Get Stoned

"Dateline NBC" anchor Stone Phillips appears to be tethered to the Central Park West apartment that he's been trying to unload for some time.

Now, in a Dateli.. er, Gimme Shelter exclusive, we've found that Phillips has lowered the price of his co-op apartment by more than $1 million - nearly 20 percent - since he first listed it.

The three-level penthouse apartment at 12 W. 72nd St. has been reduced from $5.5 million to $4.45 million since the TV news journalist and his wife, Debra, put it on the market last fall.

The prewar three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath residence features 10-foot ceilings, views from Central Park to the Hudson River, a terrace and flat-screen TVs everywhere (including the master bathroom), and a custom office. For those interested in perhaps purchasing the place, there's an open house scheduled for just an hour this Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Clearly, Phillips is a motivated seller.

He and the missus already bought a 4,100-square-foot downtown condo loft before deciding to sell the uptown digs.

Their newer, much larger home on West 19th Street, which they purchased for $4.4 million, has four bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths, a fireplace, a commercially equipped kitchen and the requisite terrace.

The Phillipses also have a weekend retreat in Dobbs Ferry.

Fran Davis of The Corcoran Group has Phillips' West 72nd Street listing.

Forward Thinking

Out of the voluminous and generally boring press releases we get about new developments in the area, one actually caught our eye.

Touting itself as "The Dakota of the Lower East Side," we had to read on about the Forward Building.

Apparently the Forward Building, which formerly housed a socialist newspaper operation and Chinese Christian congregation at 175 E. Broadway, is now offering to arrange interviews with current purchasers, one of which is "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Tatum O'Neal, its only boldfaced resident.

The other two we've never heard of. The release also says that, "after years of delays caused by the unfortunate death of its previous owner ... [the building] has almost sold out in five weeks." Fine, but comparing yourself to the world-renowned grand dame of New York apartment buildings when your building is on the Lower East Side is a little like saying you're the Hamptons of Arkansas.

Units at the building near Seward Park (see cover story on page 56) start at $575,000.

Safety First for Anisimova

Russian-born socialite Anna Anisimova first made a splash in New York, when, at age 19, she rented songwriter Denise Rich's Southampton estate for $550,000 for the summer season two years ago. As we reported in February, the leggy heiress has taken a Water Mill mansion for $600,000, plus a $35,000 commission. And, in case you were thinking about trying to crash her parties, we've now discovered that she's going to have some major security this summer.

Included in the 8,000-square-foot residence is a state-of-the-art security system that has received more beefing up by a security company hired by her safety-conscious Moscow-based father, Vasily Anisimova. The shingled house includes seven bedrooms and 81/2 baths and features a ground-floor master suite with sitting room and study. There is a great room, a finished basement with media room, billiard room, game room, wine cellar, and sauna and exercise room. The grounds include a two-bedroom guesthouse with full kitchen and great room, an oversized pool, outdoor Jacuzzi and sunken tennis court.

Art of de Deal

Lisa de Kooning, the only child and sole heir of abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning, has sold one of her Manhattan pied-…-terres.

According to public records, the 49-year-old offspring of the man who was hailed as the "Last Emperor" of Modernist painters after he died in 1997 at age 93, sold the two-bedroom condo on the 37th floor at 200 E. 89th St. for $1.4 million. De Kooning, who has control of an estate conservatively valued at $300 million, bought a Jane Street condominium last year for just under $3 million.

Shift out of Park

Socialite Elizabeth Lindemann has just found a buyer for her apartment at 730 Park Ave.

Sources say an unidentified buyer offered more than her asking price of $21 million, and she has gladly accepted.

Lindemann, who's been linked with former Nicky Hilton husband Todd Meister, put the 13-room co-op apartment that she once shared with dashing, polo-playing hubby Adam Lindemann, on the market last January.

The recently renovated five-bedroom, 5 1/2-bath apartment, with large and sunny public rooms, occupies one of the higher floors in the white-glove building. It includes a breakfast room, laundry area and two staff rooms adjacent to the kitchen and pantry.

Meanwhile, Adam Lindemann, has taken up residence at the Time Warner Center with hottie Amalia Dayan, the granddaughter of the late Israeli defense minister Moshe Dayan.

Pssst! We hear that...

Green grocer Ron Burkle is still trying to find a private hideaway in Manhattan. Our sources say the publicity-shy babe-loving billionaire was spotted earlier this week at the TriBeCa Summit building at 415 Greenwich St., checking out its spacious full-floor penthouse.

The unfinished, 12,000-square-foot loft space, with terraces and views in all directions, carries a price of approximately $30 million, or the combined yearly salary of about 10 supermodels.

Photo Finish

An era has passed with word that celebrity photographer and music video director David LaChapelle has gone to contract to sell his original East Village apartment. The avant-garde shutterbug, who's primarily famous for taking photographs of celebrities (many of them half-naked) in surreal settings, bought the kitschy two-bedroom, one-bath walk-up in the mid-1980s, not long after being discovered by Andy Warhol at Studio 54, where LaChapelle was working as a busboy.

The 42-year-old lensman, whose subjects have ranged from Tupac Shakur and Eminem to Elizabeth Taylor and Hillary Clinton, still owns two residences in New York.

His just-sold second-story apartment, with an asking price of $795,000, in the townhome at 613 E. Sixth St. includes nine large picture windows, ceiling fans in restored tin ceilings and a decidedly vibrant color scheme, with contrasting exposed brick walls and antique woods.

Also included is a private meditation garden adjacent to the building.

LaChapelle's listing brokers were Simona Stanica and Jason Walker of Prudential Douglas Elliman.



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