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Fame Slept Here


115 EAST 36TH STREET, APARTMENT 2-3F
The Facts: A two-bedroom, two-bath 1,100-square-foot brownstone duplex.
Asking Price: $945,000.
Maintenance: $1,132 per month.
Agent: Linda Taitelbaum, Citi-Habitats.

What on earth could Commodore Matthew Perry, John Vernou Bouvier Jr. (Jackie O.’s grandfather), and Bob Dylan possibly have in common? This four-story mid-nineteenth-century townhouse in Murray Hill, for starters. The Navy officer reportedly built it upon returning from his fateful expedition to Japan, shortly before his death in 1858. Decades later, documents show Bouvier taking a $25,000 mortgage on the property, which was transferred to Jackie’s aunts after his death in 1948. (Jackie’s father, the rakish Black Jack Bouvier, handled the transaction, as an executor.) It stayed in unremarkable hands until the mid-sixties, when Bob Dylan, singing about “Positively Fourth Street” but house-hunting far from the Village, bought the building. City records show that he sold it in 1974; it went co-op and was cut up into multiple units five years later.


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