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HAVE YOU HEARD: Boardwalk Empire mansion up for rent, Elliman’s Modica sells W’burg condo

FANS of the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire may want to take a look-see at Michel Madie’s new exclusive.

The renovated two-bedroom duplex is on Sylvan Row, part of the Jumel Terrace Historic District which includes 20 wooden row houses on a cobblestone street with coach lights leading to the Morris–Jumel Mansion Museum.

The area was largely rural until 1882, when the land surrounding the mansion was broken up and sold.
Developer James E. Ray commissioned the row houses, which still stand today, on what became Sylvan Terrace.

The historic significance of this slice of the neighborhood is still so evident that Boardwalk Empire, which is set in Atlantic City during the Prohibition eras, shot several scenes there.

Madie’s contemporary listing — available for $3,495 per month — has an open kitchen leading to a patio with a water fountain.


Douglas Elliman’s Ralph Modica just sold his own Williamsburg condo at 2 Northside Piers.

The buyer walked into the first open house on September 13 and offered the $899,000 asking price in cash.

Modica credits the quick sale of the 636 s/f corner, one-bedroom, 1-bath to the way he staged the apartment with pieces from Bertrand & Claude, the Brooklyn design company that sells hard-to-find furniture, paintings and photographs from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Bertrand and Claude (who have a shop in Sunset Park’s Industry City), lent Modica art by Barbara Dasnoy and an authentic Krysset Cross Chair priced at $2,300.

“The art and furniture added brilliant colors and textures to the overall look,ˮ said Modica. “The buyer was really taken aback by it all.”

Modica loves the Brooklyn designers so much, he also staged another of his Williamsburg listings with Bertrand & Claude-borrowed pieces at a one bedroom at the ARIA listed at $799,000.


One of the last homes crafted by famed beach house designer Horace Gifford has been sold at auction.
Platinum Luxury Auctions partnered with listing brokerage, Warren­ Lewis Sotheby’s International Realty, to sell the Fire Island property. Listing agent Michael Kawochka also represented the buyer.

Sellers, Rona and Joe Forstadt, bought the house more than 35 years ago. After a fire decimated it in 1989, Mrs. Forstadt convinced Gifford to come out of retirement to help restore it.

While the sale price has not been released, it was described as, “one of the highest prices year-­to­-date for oceanfront property on this side of the island,” by Trayor Lesnock, Platinum’s president.

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