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Janice Min Sells Porter House To Bachelor-Broker Futterman

3 April 2006
The New York Observer - Article by Michael Calderone

In January, The Observer reported that Us Weekly editor Janice Min and her husband, Peter Sheehy, were moving into a $4 million Soho spread.

But the couple still had to get rid of their sleek apartment in the Porter House, a West 15th Street condominium in the meatpacking district.

Despite celebrity tenants like designer Carlos Miele and actress Molly Shannon over the past few years, it was reported that some unwelcome guests—of the rodent family—had also taken up residence in the chic building.

Regardless, Ms. Min found a very willing buyer, selling the apartment to retail real-estate maven Robert K. Futterman for $3.15 million, according to deed-transfer records.

The three-bedroom, three-bath condo features a Valcucine Chef’s kitchen, Viking appliances and Jatoba wood floors. The building includes a fitness room, private storage room, and full-time superintendent and doorman.

And for Mr. Futterman—who has been divorced for two years—the swank bachelor pad serves as the ideal place to crash when not trekking out to his Greenwich, Conn., house.

“What I liked about it is that it is in the fringe of the meatpacking district,” said Mr. Futterman. “Having an apartment in the city really works out for me. When I’m in the city, I tend to go out to dinner every night.” A few of his favorite nearby restaurants include Morimoto, Buddakan and Mas.

Mr. Futterman already owns a crash pad at the celebrity-filled (and Whole Foods–infested) Chelsea Mercantile building. But he needed a bit more space—especially when his two children, ages 13 and 11, come to visit.

Now, Mr. Futterman’s designer is giving his new 2,271-square-foot space a makeover, helping decide which contemporary artworks will adorn the walls. (An Ed Ruscha painting is a possibility.)

Surprisingly, Mr. Futterman’s interior-decorating proclivities have been on display of late.

Last week, Mr. Futterman graced the cover of The New York Times House and Home section, where he was featured in a piece about recent divorcées gussying up their new places without having a spouse to criticize their tastes. Mr. Futterman is shown playing pool in front of a large photograph of a Chinese man flanked by women in a tub. It “screams independence and bachelorhood,” he told The Times.

Now situated in the Porter House, Mr. Futterman is in prime position to fully embrace that independent bachelor lifestyle, within spitting distance of the velvet-rope-protected nightclubs in the meatpacking district.

Edward Hickey, of Meisel Real Estate, represented the seller. Ms. Min declined to comment.