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HAVE YOU HEARD: Hollywood producer picks up W’burg building, Jeopardy host buys Harlem townhouse

Benji Kohn, producer of the film “The Runner” starring Nicolas Cage that is currently in movie theaters, has picked up a four-story Williamsburg mixed-use building for $5.2 million at 116 Bedford Avenue. The 6,000 s/f building is an eight-unit, four-story multi-family building located between North 10th and 11th Street.

It is the third Williamsburg building Kohn recently purchased with his childhood buddy and partner David Manheimer thru Brooklyn Standard Properties, BSP, the development company the duo founded in 2013.

Alex Trebek
Alex Trebek

In addition to “The Runner” with Nicolas Cage that opened earlier this month, Kohn produced  “Infinitely Polar Bear” starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, that is also in theaters now.


Corcoran broker David Daniels has sold a historic Harlem townhouse in the Strivers’ Row Historic District to legendary TV host Alex Trebek of “Jeopardy!” fame.

The townhouse, at 310 West 140th Street, sold for $1.92 million. Reportedly Trebek purchased the townhouse for his 25-year-old son, Matthew, a Fordham University graduate and former bartender who plans on opening a restaurant in Harlem nearby on 140th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

He will likely live in the one-bedroom three-bathroom garden duplex and rent the top floors that are full-floor one bedroom apartments. The townhouse that was built in 1899, was renovated about eight years ago.

The Trebeks were spotted sitting on the house’s steps and also walking around the neighborhood where they reportedly have been actively looking for multiple properties in Harlem to benefit from the superhot Harlem market.


Getting a large crowd to show for a mid-week broker’s open house is no easy task as a real estate agent, but Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty sales associate Jeanne Shields and broker associate Victor Polce know how to host.

In other events, being greeted by guards with muskets in hand might not be defined as being “put at ease,” but for the historical “Big House,” colonial guards were the perfect welcoming for this broker’s open. The 1685 Manor style home, 201 Route 9W in the Palisades, is said to be one of the older continuously occupied homes in the nation with famous visitors like George and Martha Washington.

The New Jersey Knights, known for their Revolutionary War reenactments, welcomed and took pictures with guests at the front entrance while inside the home, the oldest Tavern in New York, the 1775 House, catered a variety of Yankee-style meals including pot roast and turkey cranberry stuffing.

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