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Steinway Mansion Sold for $2.7m, Public Access Likely

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May 5, 2014 By Michael Florio

The Steinway Mansion has officially sold.

A private buyer, known as Steinway Mansion LLC, purchased the coveted property for $2.65 million dollars on May 2, according to Lauren Cornea, a real estate agent with Amorelli Realty, who helped close the deal.

The new owners are two men from the community, according to Councilman Costa Constantinides, who don’t want to identify themselves yet.

Constantinides said that while the men have no plans at this point for the mansion, they have made it clear that they want it to remain open to the community.

“Right now we are trying to work with them to create a framework that makes sure…people can go inside of it like a museum, cultural center or a civic place,” Constantinides said.

The owners do not plan to turn it into a nightclub, a catering hall or a restaurant, he said. He believes there will be a positive resolution.

Furthermore, the mansion cannot be torn down since it is landmarked.

“Everyone that is concerned need not be,” Cornea, the real estate agent, said. “It has been landmarked on a federal, state and city level, so it cannot be torn down, demolished or redeveloped,” she said.

The mansion was built in 1858 and acquired by William Steinway in 1864.
In 1926, Jack Halberian acquired the mansion and after his death his son Michael occupied it. After his death in 2010, the property was put up for sale.

The mansion was landmarked in 1966.

The Friends of Steinway Mansion, a non-profit group that tried to purchase it, attempted to raise $5 million to buy it on behalf of the community. The group was disappointed that it didn’t raise the funds needed to buy it but hopes to be able to get access to it in the near future.

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Niki Hartofilis

Such great news, and thank you and best wishes to the new owners of The Steinway Mansion. I only wish the Loew’s on Steinway and 28th Ave. was landmarked.

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