Mini Real Estate Heaven

Thursday, March 19, 2009

You may finally be able to afford your dream piece of New York real estate. Tom Finkelpearl, executive director of the Queens Museum of Art, talks about their new Adopt-a-Building program where you can buy the miniature properties that make up their famous Panorama of New York City.

What NYC property would you want to buy? Give us a call or comment below.


Tom Finkelpearl

Comments [29]

David from Queens

To put Sonia's mind at ease, the Panorama in the Queens Museum is the original model. It was taken out and updated in teh 90s and then reinstalled. I've heard that the old building were used in another art project by a guy named Richard Plunz.

Mar. 20 2009 12:27 PM
Kate Owen from New York City

This sounds like a great idea until you read the fine print that says your purchase is renewable after 5 - 10 years. I would buy my building if it was for life!!!!

Mar. 20 2009 01:53 AM
Jeff from Rockville Centre, NY

SO GLAD to hear the panorama discussed in the media! It is a true treasure of NY and it always amazes me how few New Yorkers know it exists. Every New Yorker should check it out at some point.

Mar. 19 2009 01:30 PM

To address some concerns, the buildings on the Panorama are not being "sold off." The "sales" are simply symbolic. The "buyer" does not actually receive a piece of the model. The money goes toward the maintenance, lighting, and educational programs for the Panorama.

Mar. 19 2009 12:44 PM
zuwena from manhattan-Harlem

I thought you said I'd be able to click on a panorama pic. Did I miss a link somewhere?

Mar. 19 2009 11:00 AM
zuwena from manhattan-Harlem

I thought I'd be able to click on a panorama picture. Have I missed the link?

Mar. 19 2009 10:58 AM
Sonia from Midtown

What happened to the original panorama???? - the one that was replaced about ten years ago? I hope it's in a museum basement, or municipal warehouse somewhere, and not (as I suspect) disintegrating in a dump in Staten Island...

Mar. 19 2009 10:47 AM
Maria Roca from Sunset Park, BROOKLYN


Mar. 19 2009 10:47 AM
OMG! Ponies from Brooklyn

I'd buy Tompkins Square Park. Then, I'd let it turn back into the heroin-infested drug haven it was back in the 80's.

New York needs its scary places.

Mar. 19 2009 10:45 AM
Jimmy from NJ

Unfortunately.. I can't buy anything.. because the bank wont give me a mortgage!

Mar. 19 2009 10:44 AM
Mark from Brooklyn

I would buy the former Loews Pitkin theater in Brownsville and restore it. My grandpa's favorite movie house!

Mar. 19 2009 10:44 AM
Rick Ortiz from New York

What happens to the old buildings.

Mar. 19 2009 10:43 AM
limor from down the hall-passing on a comment from a musician on the road

I want to buy the Metro Theater, on Broadway between 99th and 100th street.

it was the Midway Porno Movie theater when I lived around the corner as a teenager, then a repertory house for a minute, where I saw films in black and white and Woody Allen retrospectives, then a crappy commercial multiplex, and now it's just rotting away.
I would put it back together into a beautiful movie palace!
thanks Brian

Mar. 19 2009 10:42 AM
Tim Young from Manhattan

I'd buy MOMA.

Mar. 19 2009 10:42 AM
Daniel from Munich

I'd buy the building on Water Street with the clock on the side, so long as the donation went to them building a working clock on the side.

Mar. 19 2009 10:42 AM
Bradd from Manhattan from Manhattan

I would buy the new Bank Of America Building off the corner of Bryan Park. I happen to think its pretty (I know many think its an eyesore), but its also "green" building, and I would make the lower portion into an arts school!

Mar. 19 2009 10:41 AM
Nina from East Village

I would buy Governors Island and the entire UN area of the Upper East Side. I'd move the UN to Governors Island, and I'd transform the UN area into a car-free parkland with great bike lanes.

Mar. 19 2009 10:41 AM
shaun from astoria

i'll buy the Verizon skyscraper downtown, then dismantle it in the hopes there is some voodoo magic happening in that Panorama, and the real one goes away. Man, it's ugly.

Mar. 19 2009 10:40 AM
Betty Anne from Ridgewood

I would love to buy Coney Island and RESTORE it.

I would also love to own the Ridgewood reservoir.

Mar. 19 2009 10:40 AM
Jen from Brooklyn

It would be great if the Queens Museum could partner with StoryCorps to record the stories of why people are buying what they buy. It would tell a great story about the people of New York.

Mar. 19 2009 10:38 AM
Your Go from astoria

I would buy the Brother Islands so can live on a quiet remote island but be extremely close to the city.

Mar. 19 2009 10:38 AM
Brett Z from Brooklyn

i would love to own prospect park, it would be a big woodstck -esque party all year round!

Mar. 19 2009 10:38 AM
matt from Milwaukee

I'd buy Schwartz Chemical in Queens and use it as a super secret training facility for super heroes. Or Domino.

Mar. 19 2009 10:38 AM
Doug from Manhattan

My building is the wrong color (55E87)! If I bought it, would you correct the color (from brown to white)?

Mar. 19 2009 10:38 AM
jen liu from brooklyn

I think it's a horrible shame to sell it off piece by piece, it is such an amazing, spectacular piece of history. Is this the fate of our cultural history in the downturn?

Mar. 19 2009 10:37 AM
hh from brooklyn

i looked my my old apartment on Pitt St. A lot of those Michell Llama and lower income housing projects are totally missing.

Mar. 19 2009 10:36 AM
Andy from Brooklyn

I'd buy the port authority bus depot and environs. A nice slice of sleezy midtown 1992. Are there little porn-store patrons in the model?

Mar. 19 2009 10:36 AM
Steven Mark from Manhattan UES

I'd by the High Line or the LIRR rail yards and then develop it myself.

Mar. 19 2009 10:36 AM
Charles from Brooklyn

I would buy the land over the Atlantic Yards and build a school, a hospital, an elderly home and a park called the Jackie Robinson Park.

Mar. 19 2009 10:33 AM

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