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Intelligencer: December 27–January 3

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Déjà Park Vue
Rupert Murdoch’s new (old) address.
Rupert Murdoch’s record-breaking, front-page-of-the-Times, $44 million purchase of the Rockefeller penthouse at 834 Fifth Avenue is, as it turns out, something of a homecoming for the media baron. He lived in the building once before, in the late seventies, when he first owned the New York Post (and long before he started Fox News). Back then, his grand address was known as being the most liberal white-glove building on Fifth, under its then–board president, Laurance Rockefeller. And in 1978, it broke an earlier price barrier as the location of the first Manhattan apartment to sell for more than $1 million—to Antenor Patino, the Bolivian tin dealer.


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