The Big OH: Inside a Tribeca townhouse with a secret garden


In Tribeca, at the intersection of North Moore Street and West Broadway, is an unusual townhouse at 2 North Moore Street. The address – which once held the appropriately named No Moore bar – is now a $39.5 million, 11,300-square- foot, single-family home. And it boasts one of the most intriguing exteriors on the block.

Imagine if you will, a 65-foot wide letter L that rises six-stories high.

To take us inside, we once again met with broker Adam Modlin of the Modlin Group. Modlin is co-listing the property with Douglas Elliman’s Alexander brothers.

You can enter this huge L-shaped structure from any of three entrances: through the two-car garage (a rarity in Manhattan), a discreet side entrance or, more obviously, through the front door. From whichever entrance you choose, you arrive in the softly lit ground floor. The huge, trapezium-shaped space houses a craft room, a laundry room and two guest suites – one of which is completely self-contained and includes a small kitchen.


To match its three entrances, the ground floor has three ways to traverse the house — a secondary staircase, a sizable commercial elevator, and the ever-so- impressive main staircase, which seems to float in the midst of the room.


Head up to the second floor in whatever manner befits you and you’ll be in the main living area, which, just like the ground floor, stretches 65 feet across.

The second story features an expansive and light-filled, open-plan living room and kitchen, a screening/billiards room, all of which surround a small secret garden.


The garden is boxed in on all sides except for from above. Three of the garden’s walls are actually interior floor-to-ceiling windows, while the fourth, exterior wall has been painted green to give the space an outdoor feel.


The third floor is where the home narrows to a more standard townhouse width.

Walk out onto the large terrace on this floor and you can look down through the skylights that flood the living area below with sunlight. There is also a set of outdoor stairs leading directly down to the garden.


The remaining three floors contain six bedrooms and two offices. On these floors modern art covers the walls, and a particularly eye catching work is a colorful Sol Lewitt installation. However, it is not included in the sale.

The fifth-floor master suite has unobstructed views directly down White Street, which allows for an impressive amount of light. Modlin points out that its position leaves no room for future view-blocking developments.

The home’s crowning glory is its top-floor, indoor lap pool, which is four-feet deep and an impressive 50-feet long.


The home, which is owned by financier Mark Zittman and his wife Noelle, gracefully treads the line between townhouse and loft, and somehow ends up feeling like both.