Historic Tribeca Skybridge Hits Market at $30M

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Photo: courtesy of flickr.com
Photo: courtesy of flickr.com
Photo: courtesy of flickr.com

I love Manhattan’s skybridges. You know what I’m talking about: those elegantly arching walkways that connect two buildings together above a busy street. There used to be a lot more around the city, and now the skybridges that do remain tend to send the imagination reeling about past and future eras of New York.

Tribeca’s own Staple Street Skybridge is one of the city’s most iconic, and it is about to go on the market for $30M. In a neighborhood notorious for its extravagant real estate prices, this footbridge is selling as part and parcel of a once-in-a-lifetime package: the 6,300 square foot townhouse located at 9 Jay Street, along with the 1,900 square foot private residence at 67 Hudson Street #3B. The bridge connects these two properties and is included in the sale.

“Whoever buys this is really buying a piece of Tribeca history,” real-estate broker Kaptan Unugur, of Nestseekers International, told the New York Post. “It’s the only private skybridge for sale in the whole city.”

The skybridge is currently owned by fashion designer Zoran Ladicorbic, who used it for 30 years to commute from his third-floor apartment at 67 Hudson Street to his open loft office at 9 Jay St, which clocks in at 6,300 square feet and boasts nearly 50 windows.

“It was the most unique commute in the city,” joked Unugur.

Historically, the townhouse served as a stable for horse-drawn ambulances, and the footbridge over the Staple Street alley, which was built in 1907, was used to move patients from the stable to a hospital clinic at 67 Hudson Street. Today, the architecture and facade evoke a truly quintessential New York style.

In case you weren’t already drooling, let me add that the home also comes with a large rooftop terrace and enough space for five bedrooms. Taxes on the property are estimated at $70,395 a year.

-by Rachel Veroff