HONY storyteller buys uplifting luxury co-op in Chelsea

“I’m trying to succeed in real estate without being a douchebag,” a young broker once told Brandon Stanton, the man behind the empathy empire Humans of New York. That conversation may have been the beginning of yet another uplifting New York story, that ended – as so many do — in a luxury apartment.

Stanton and his wife Erin O’Sullivan recently purchased a garden-level duplex in Chelsea for $2.4 million, according to public records.

“I started out just taking pictures of people, but soon I wanted to learn more about the people behind the images. What motivates them? What makes them cry? What brings them joy?” we imagine Stanton saying as he sells roses under a bridge near a Hudson Yards construction site. “This journey has been so rewarding. Everyone’s shared so much of their time, their thoughts, their hearts and best of all, their money with me. I mean that, without you and your Instagram likes and your desire to have a meaningful coffee table book, I would never have been able to afford this $2.4 million duplex co-op in Chelsea. So from the bottom of my heart, I thank you. #blessed #iamahumanofnytoo”

There are sure to be many more stories to tell in Stanton’s enormous new backyard garden, just steps from the High Line (even more stories there!). And imagine the quirky New York coming of age narratives that could be staged in the 1850s townhouses two bedrooms and bathrooms.

“This private, spacious and bright home represents townhouse living at its finest,” according to the listing, which was represented by Kristin Hurd and Alex Chang of Brown Harris Stevens.

With all that privacy, Staton should have plenty of time to decompress and shed the emotional weight of capturing “daily glimpses into the lives of strangers on the streets of New York City.” Maybe Hillz will even stop by for a part two.