Last Thursday, Downtown came Uptown for a unique evening of art and music in the basement of the “Good Luck” Building – a stately townhouse at 50 West 86th Street that has been called home by Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise.
Rapper, reporter and executive producer for MTV News, Sway Calloway and Vito Schnabel, the art-dealing son of director Julian Schnabel, attended the event, along with models, reporters and art collectors. The slightly rowdy and impeccably dressed crowd swilled wine and bourbon in the white-box space, which had once been the building’s private swimming pool. Celebrity DJ Nick Cohen played a nostalgic mix of 80s classics.
About 10 abstract paintings by Anthony Gelfand and Rachid Kallamni were displayed, ranging in price from $650 to $7,000. A piece of video art, depicting pixilated buildings collapsing and fading into blooming mushrooms, was projected onto one wall.
But art was only one reason for the event organized by Douglas Elliman brokers Nima Yamini and Whitney Didier. Building owner Therese Flaherty is looking for a tenant for the 2,100-square-foot ground-floor space following a $350,000 renovation. Yamini said that Flaherty has had offers but is looking specifically for an art gallery with a social mission to fill the space.
Rumor has it though that the entire building is up for grabs. A source told LLNYC that the building is being quietly marketed for $30 million.
Check out pictures from the event below.