Still, the seller, operating under the limited partnership Blessings Investments, made a tidy profit, having bought all four properties for $66.5 million in 2016. The Benchetrits made their first purchase in the building that same year, too, acquiring a half-floor unit for just under $24 million.
Mr. Benchetrit is the chief procurement and programming officer of the cable TV company Altice USA, and Ms. Benchetrit owns the Clinique des Champs Elysées New York on 57th Street. The couple bought the penthouse using the limited liability company Blue Castle Investments.
Their new residence is so large you almost need a map to navigate its 8,054 square feet. The great room alone is 1,100 square feet. There are also five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, two powder rooms, two dressing rooms, two home offices, a media room, an eat-in kitchen, laundry room and staff quarters.
And then there are the amazing views of Central Park, the Manhattan skyline and beyond, which many of the building’s 100 or so units enjoy.
Despite all these perks, the developers of the nearly 1,400-foot tower, between 56th and 57th Streets, have been under fire recently by residents complaining about building defects. These include floods, faulty elevators, noises caused by building sway and power outages.
Carrie Chiang and Andres Perea-Garzon of the Corcoran Group were the listing agents, while Jason Haber of Compass represented the buyer.
Mr. Bronfman’s new duplex on Greene Street, snapped up for $35.6 million, was purchased in an off-market deal, which means there isn’t a whole lot of recent information available about the place because it wasn’t listed publicly.