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131-135 EAST 66th Street




131-135 EAST 66th Street, bet. Lex and Third Aves.








Apartment Building






The Apartment House Rules 
Bob Weinstein is less well known than his more publicity-seeking older brother Harvey, but that has proved to be an advantage for the quieter co-chair of Miramax Film. Weinstein and his wife Annie have been getting tired of Greenwich, Conn., and have been looking for several years for the perfect Manhattan home. They finally found one at 131-135 East 66th St. for $5.25 million. 

While the location between Lexington and Third avenues might not seem that white glove, the building, opposite from the church of St. Vincent Ferrer, is one of the finest in the city. The building was erected by society architect Charles A. Platt in 1905, and the feature that makes it unique is that nearly every apartment is a duplex. The 4,500-square--foot, 12-room unit that the Weinsteins purchased, which was reduced from $6.5 million when it was first put on the market in October 2000, had belonged to the Rothschild family, and the co-op board in the building was notoriously picky. Fortunately, Weinstein's low-key profile proved not to be a problem. 

Weinstein and his brother Harvey have produced such popular and financial hit films like The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love. Founded in 1979 by the two brothers as an importer of art house films like Cinema Paradiso and The Crying Game, it was sold to The Walt Disney Co. (nyse: DIS - news - people) in 1993 for $80 million. Miramax also runs Dimension Films, which produced the lucrative Scream trilogy. 

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