Exclusive: We Were Inside DSK’s TriBeCa Townhouse Last Week
11:59 am, May 26th | by Hillary Reinsberg
When we read that Dominique Strauss-Kahn had been moved from Wall Street to some new digs at 153 Franklin Street, we thought to ourselves, hold up, we’ve totally been there. And, wouldn’t you know it, Mogulite threw its launch party just last week at that very location, a townhouse that’s on the market for around $14 million. Or, in DSK’s case, something like 50 grand a month.
So sure, The Post will tell you that the spot is a “three-story, 6,800-square-foot townhouse — just steps from the Robert De Niro-owned sushi hot spot Nobu” and NBC will have you know, “The four-bedroom, four-and-1/2-bath townhouse sprawls more than 6,800 square feet and boasts a terrace, home theater, gym, fireplace, steam shower, heated limestone floors, a retractable skylight and a waterfall shower. The master suite encompasses the entire third floor and has a wet bar, walk-in closets and a limestone bath, among other amenities.”
All true. But this place was also tailor-made for someone under house arrest.
First of all, it’s a “smart house,” but to an almost Big Brother degree. The lights go on and off in a phantom-like way, and the switches are cleverly hidden and take (a lot) of extra practice to operate. Yes, it’s 27 feet wide, but it feels strangely narrow, particularly in the entrance hall, because all the rooms are hidden. Basically, when you walk in, it looks like there’s just a hallway, with a wall, as most hallways have. But actually, the wall is full of hidden doors, which might open should you press them in the right manner. Among the hidden treasures you might find in this hidden wall of treasures are: a sleek modern bathroom, a couple coat closets and a maid’s room. This clandestine wall thing sounds and looks kind of cool, but turns out to be rather confusing when all you want to do is find your coat or use the toilet, but you keep accidentally pressing the door that opens the maid’s room! We can only hope DSK doesn’t run into these issues. Although we imagine he has plenty of time to get the lay of the land.
So, the hidden doors on the ground floor are a tad unusual, but now allow us to tell you about the basement. Call it a “bar and screening room.” Or, call it a dark opium den with Swarovski-studded “paintings” of The Godfather and Scarface and other classic movie characters lining the walls. Surprisingly, the brokerage trying to sell the spot has decided not to include photos of this most special room and its garish choice of artwork. Though DSK likely won’t be able to pop out for a quick bite of spicy rock shrimp tempura at Nobu with DeNiro any time soon, at least he has the dramatic faux crystal likeness of Al Pacino in his basement.
We’re just kicking ourselves now that we didn’t think to get the place bugged while we were there.