Socialite Gayfryd Steinberg sells Upper East Side home after $7M chop

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Gayfryd Steinberg once ruled New York’s ’80s Nouvelle Society with her late husband, corporate raider Saul Steinberg — before they sold their 740 Park Ave. home to Blackstone’s Stephen Schwarzman and auctioned some of their most prized possessions.

She is now married to Vanity Fair writer Michael Shnayerson, hiking in the Swiss Alps, looking as glamorous as ever — and has finally sold her Upper East Side townhouse.

The price — $11.6 million, according to property records — is far less than the $18.75 million she asked for just last year.

The five-story, 20-foot-wide brownstone is at 46 E. 73rd St.

At 8,310 square feet, it comes with five bedrooms and 5½ bathrooms.

Steinberg bought the townhouse in 2002 for $5.3 million from art collector Donald Rubell.

The formal townhouse opens with a foyer that leads into a gallery with an open spiral staircase.


With five stories, the stairs can be friend or foe.

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There’s an outside patio area.

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There’s an eat-in chef’s kitchen that faces the street.

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There’s an eat-in chef’s kitchen that faces the street, with stairs leading to a renovated basement.

Striking features include a dining room with bookshelves and an open, double-height ceiling. The dining room also opens to a square, formal garden.

The parlor floor boasts a double library lined with books and a woodburning fireplace, along with an atrium with a skylight and an iron-and-brass railing around an open section above the ground floor dining room, along with large windows overlooking the garden.


One of the five bedrooms in the five-story home.

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The 20-foot-foot brownstone sits on quiet East 73rd Street.

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There’s also a formal living room with a woodburning fireplace, lacquered walls, Georgian moldings and large windows facing East 73rd Street.

The main bedroom takes up the third floor with two bathrooms and a dressing room with three large walk-in closets.

There are more bedrooms on the fourth and fifth floors, along with a home office.

The finished basement features a gym and wine storage. The listing brokers are Kathryn Steinberg and Armin Allen of Sotheby’s. 

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