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Rivers of Gold - from Brooklyn to Broadway

The word is out. The New York City penthouse of the late comedian and talk show host Joan Rivers has sold for its asking price of $28 million.

The Upper East Side residence, near Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, encompasses the top three floors of a 1903 mansion converted to condos in the 1930s.

Many of the original Gilded Age architectural details were restored during Rivers’ ownership. The resulting palace-like interiors are opulent and can accommodate grand-scale entertaining.


A ballroom and music room with Louis XIV-inspired decor, for example, features 23-foot ceilings, crystal chandeliers, antique paneling and columns, tall windows and two fireplaces. 

The penthouse also has more intimate space among its 11 rooms, such as a wood-paneled library with a fireplace and curved windows that look out on one of the penthouse’s two terraces. French doors off the dining room open to the other terrace.

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