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HAVE YOU HEARD: Father of NY Waterway auctioning off homestead

Arthur Imperatore, is founder and owner of the NY Waterway ferry system, is putting his Fort Lee mansion up for auction.

The house at 75 Bluff Road has a storied past.

In the late 1940’s, mob kingpin Albert Anastasia Jr. selected the spectacular 1.3-acre site on the Palisades cliffs to build the Italianate-styled mansion.

Situated at the end of a long, gated drive with a pool and park-like grounds, the estate’s many rooms, complete privacy, and proximity to New York City made it the ideal setting for many gangland gatherings.

On October 25, 1957, Anastasia’s ownership of the property came to a sudden end when he was assassinated while in the barber’s chair at the Park Sheraton Hotel.
The ensuing years saw the property change hands twice to owners celebrated for their positive accomplishments.

First Del Webb, American real estate developer and part-owner of the New York Yankees, and then popular comedian Buddy Hackett owned the grand estate.
Imperatore — who has owned it for 40 years — tapped auctioneer Guernsey’s and real estate firm, Prominent Properties to auction the house following the death of his wife recently.

It’s tiny even by New York standards — and just as pricey.
At $8.5 million, The Astolat Dollhouse Castle — designed and built by Colorado miniaturist Elaine Diehl — is the most expensive dollhouse in the world.

It was modeled and named after the Castle in Tennyson’s Lady of the Shallot and her team of global artisans took more than 13 years to complete.

The 9 ft. tall castle has 29 rooms, hallways, corridors and sitting areas with interior decors, furnishings, fixtures and miniatures of every type imaginable.
It also has a Wizard’s tower, wine cellar, chapel, Knights of Columbus room, garage, kitchen, marble hallways, bathrooms, balconies, towers, and a ballroom.
Each of the thousands of miniatures within the 800 pound structure were built, bought, or commissioned to the highest standards.

Craftsmen hand-crafted parquet floors, working fireplaces, mosaics, hand-etched wood panels, carved wood moldings, stained glass panels and marble details.

There are also gold-framed mirrors, original oil paintings, tapestries, gold chandeliers and one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

The dollhouse is going on display at The Shops at Columbus Circle from November 11 through Dec. 8.

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