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Location, location, location: Artist Brice Marden buys Red Hook lot alongside daughter's home

Artist Brice Marden, shown in this 2007 photo, bought a vacant lot on Dikeman and Otsego Streets in Red Hook that's next to a carriage house his daughter Mirabelle owns. Photo by Associated Press

Eye On Real Estate

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

It's a family affair over on Dikeman Street – and the family in question is a big deal in the art world.

Brice Marden, a renowned painter, and his wife Helen bought a vacant lot at Dikeman and Otsego Street for $661,049 last summer, city Finance Department records reveal – right next to their daughter Mirabelle's house at 17 Dikeman St.

Mirabelle, who's a photographer, made news when she bought the renovated Red Hook carriage house for a hefty $1.55 million in April 2012.

It's unclear what her famous father plans to do with the site he and Helen, who's also an artist, purchased. He did not respond to requests for comment by deadline.

Both properties are part of a big site lawyer and real estate investor Lawrence Omansky has been selling off piece by piece since an LLC of his purchased it in 2008, city records indicate.

 Seen on the fence on Mirabelle Marden's Dikeman Street block. Photo by  Lore Croghan

Besides a lonely-looking townhouse at 10 Coffey St., the site included …

* Vacant land at 20 Coffey St. (see related story), which an LLC of Robert Seetin's bought for $375,000 last year;

* Vacant land at 143 Dwight St. that Omansky sold for $250,000 last year;

* A house at 149 Dwight St. Omansky sold for $725,000 in 2008.

As for Mirabelle's house, Omansky sold it in 2008 for $760,000 to German architect Thomas Warnke, who fixed it up.

This nightmarish creature rules o'er the Otsego Street construction fence  on the block where artist Brice Marden bought a vacant lot. Photo by Lore Croghan

January 16, 2014 - 9:30am


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