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There is not another building in New York like the Osborne, designed by James Ware in 1883 and located on West 57th Street. And there was nothing like the glamour of artist Gray Foy, who died on November 23, and his partner, the late magazine editor and writer Leo Lerman, who lived there in a magical duplex since 1967. Foy’s spouse until his death, Joel Kaye, still lives in the apartment. The lobby, with its mix of marble floors and gilded ceilings, provides the perfect, imposing welcome—harking back to the time of horse-drawn carriages and top hats.

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Upon entering the apartment, you are greeted by a snowy stuffed owl that Leo gave to Gray 60 years ago. He lives in a glass dome (so he can be kept pristine), as he guards their collection of nineteenth-century Neapolitan gouaches of Vesuvius.

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The living room, entrance shown here, and library are painted lavender in memory of Leo. All the original moldings, parquet floors, and architectural details are intact. The double doors once opened onto two separate rooms that had already been altered to make one great room when Leo and Gray moved in.

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The great room was the setting for many a fun evening. Think candlelit evenings with everyone from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, John and Caroline Kennedy, Steve Martin, Marlene Dietrich, Leonard Bernstein, Truman Capote, Cary Grant, and the dashing Robert Osborne in attendance.

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It is a feast for the eyes everywhere you look. The living room has two fireplaces and here, a table topped by a bell jar protecting a cornucopia of fruit made with wax and silk leaves.

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A portrait of Leo by Hedda Sterne done in 1947 presides over the library.

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The metal and glass dragonfly was a gift to Gray from Joel, who gave it to him when Leo’s posthumous book, The Grand Surprise: the Journals of Leo Lerman, edited by Stephen Pascal, came out in 2007. “The Grand Surprise is named for a rare butterfly,” Joel says. “So I bought it and hung it to tell the story.” Joel made Gray’s life possible in this apartment since Leo’s death, keeping the dinner parties thriving until the very end.

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A collection of coral that Gray loved is housed in a twig-adorned bookshelf by the dining-room entrance.

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Joel is a great cook who would dress the table with any one of the 30 different settings of linens, silver, and crystal collected over 60 years. Joel and Gray would trawl flea markets most weekends with their closest friends, Lloyd Williams and Richard Lee.

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The eat-in kitchen with a full pantry has treasures galore, but the pièce de résistance is the bulletin board covered with photos and notes from family and friends.

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A shell-encrusted table holds a shell sculpture and directs your attention to the carved, wooden umbrella hanging in the entrance hall.

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The collection of Leo and Gray’s walking sticks are at the ready by the front door. Joel will be putting the apartment on the market soon, and the treasures within will be auctioned off—to new owners who will, one hopes, cherish their company as much as Leo, Gray, and Joel did, along with all of their lucky friends.

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Sam Khaled Hindy (left) Base of the Manhattan Bridge. On November 16, 2007, Hindy was run over after mistakenly entering a Manhattan Bridge lane reserved for cars.

Habian Rodriguez Main Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing. On September 1, 2007, Rodriguez collided with a city bus and died 30 minutes later.

Elizabeth Padilla (left) Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope. Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

Juan Luis Solis East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx. Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore (left) Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy. According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

Derek Lake Houston Street and La Guardia Place. On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher (left) Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith Sixth Avenue and 36th Street. On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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