The former president and first lady have applied for an apartment at 10 Gracie Square on New York City’s Upper East Side. The white-glove apartment building is as upper crust as it gets in Manhattan real estate. Previous tenants include the likes of Gloria Vanderbilt and Brooke Astor.
The apartment the Obamas are reportedly looking at ranks in the $8 million to $10 million range. And while the couple has to actually wait until the co-op board approves them, the building also has a dark side, leading some to believe a curse hangs over the luxury high-rise, as described recently in the New York Post.
A number of high-profile suicides have happened at the address, most recently the author Jean Stein, daughter of entertainment mogul Jules Stein. She was believed to be worth $38.5 million dollars at the time of her death.
Another celebrity case is that of Carter Cooper, brother to CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper and son of Gloria Vanderbilt. The 23-year-old jumped to his death in 1988 after suffering from depression. Anderson later penned an editorial discussing his brother’s suicide.
The address was also home to a notorious murder plot. Frances Schreuder, daughter of auto parts magnate Franklin Bradshaw, schemed to have her father killed so she could access her inheritance.
After several failed attempts, including hiring a hitman and poisoning Bradshaw’s breakfast cereal, Schreuder recruited her son, Marc Schreuder, to masquerade as burglar and shoot his grandfather. In 1978, they carried out the plot.
Two years later, however, Marc was arrested and convicted of the murder. In December 1982, police showed up at Frances’s door. Detectives found her trying to climb out the window. She was later found guilty of capital murder and served 13 years in prison.
Ten Gracie Square is not the only troubled apartment building in Manhattan. There are countless addresses throughout the five boroughs with dark histories and some with reported paranormal activity.
For example, ghost sightings dating from the Revolutionary War have been reported at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights. The stately home was, at different times, headquarters to both American and British forces. The phantom of Eliza Jumel, mistress of the house, was allegedly sighted in the 1960s.
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