The world is a less colorful place without dazzling Broadway luminaries like Tony-winning producer Chase Mishkin, who died last July at age 85. But her legacy lives on in her magnificent two-bedroom home in midtown Manhattan’s Stella Tower, which is now being sought by a new generation of owners.
That 1,851 square foot apartment, unit 12H in 425 V. 50th St. in Hell’s Kitchen, is listed for $2.84 million through Mishkin’s estate. That figure comes at a loss, since Mishkin bought the subdivision from the developer in 2016 for $3.97 million, according to city property records. Moreover, Mishkin’s home can be purchased together with the neighboring unit 12G. That home, which is currently unlisted, will fetch offers close to its previous $3.25 million asking price — and can help create a spacious 3,450-square-foot four-bedroom combo. Together, their purchase would cost about $6 million.
Although she had always been intimately involved in the arts and entertainment (Mishkin served on President Carter’s Advisory Committee on the Arts), she did not begin producing commercial plays until later in life—just before she turned 60, after the death of her carpet-maker husband, Ralph Mishkin. Her career change led her to jump into the Manhattan real estate market from Bel-Air, Los Angeles, selling her Siena Way mansion for a whopping $10 million in 1998 — about $18.42 million today.
Within two decades of her arrival in New York, Mishkin had become one of the most prominent female producers, with some 30 Broadway and 10 Off-Broadway shows. She won two Tony Awards, one — a special Tony Award — in 2000 for her production of the appropriately extravagant “Dame Edna: The Royal Tour.” The second came in 2010 for the musical “Memphis”, which was named the best musical. Myshkin was known to drive around the city in her chauffeur-driven London cab with a custom Burberry interior – and often held court nearby at Sardi’s, her favorite restaurant.
Like the Mishkin, the stunning Stella Tower epitomizes elegant, old-school New York. Compass listing broker Jason Haber said, “Chase lived the big life in a bygone era. People don’t have that way of life anymore. They don’t drive Rolls Royces down the street to Sardi’s anymore. When they say, ‘They don’t make it like that anymore,’ they literally don’t make Broadway productions like Chase or apartment buildings like Stella Tower anymore.”
A beautiful example of pre-war architecture, the Stella Tower was designed in 1927 by Ralph Walker, who named the building after his wife Stella. Originally designed for the New York Telephone Company, CetraRuddi, JDS Development and Property Markets Group painstakingly restored the building in 2014. Stella Tower’s handsome brick facade is accented with Art Deco ornamentation and features a dramatic Hollywood-style entrance, terrazzo lobby floor. — and topped with a striking winged crown.
Haber assisted in Myshkin’s long search for the perfect apartment after selling her Upper West Side home. She was looking for “a sense of drama and stage,” he said. He added: “We must have inspected over 20 flats. She would sit in every home and wonder if it could work for her, but within 30 seconds of walking into her Stella Tower unit, she knew it was for her. She loved how you couldn’t see the kitchen when you entered the unit. (Mishkin was a fan of the foyer.)
Blending old-world with modern living, the home’s historic bones are strong and noteworthy, including 11-foot-high ceilings; large, brightly lit rooms; and massive windows with unobstructed views to the north and views of the Hudson River to the west.
Handcrafted by bespoke designers Smallbone of Devizes, the open plan kitchen includes European oak cupboards, polished concrete worktops and Miele appliances. The living room and dining room have wide walls suitable for any art collector.
The primary bedroom, for its part, has two exposures facing north and west, where Mishkin liked to sit in a chair and admire the view of the water. The private bathroom has heated floors, a steam shower, a cast iron bathtub and a black Zeus marble floor with a colorful mosaic.
Meanwhile, neighboring unit 12G is a two-bedroom, 2½-bath corner unit with a split layout. The two units can easily be combined by removing the kitchen wall.
Aside from Myshkin, the Stella Tower was also home to Trevor Noah — who recently listed his $12.95 million penthouse there after announcing his departure from “The Daily Show.” It remains for sale at that price.
Facilities at Stella Tower include a 24-hour lobby, a fitness center, a lounge and a garden.