A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from July 03, 2013
Glittering Grotto in the Sky (530 East 72nd Street)

The 3,200-square foot, 4-bedroom penthouse at 530 East 72nd Street was owned by Frank Sinatra from 1961 to 1972, where he held many famous parties. Artist Andy Warhol dubbed it a “glittering grotto in the sky.” The property has extensive views of the East River.

The “glittering grotto” was put up for sale in 2012 at an asking price of $7.7 million. It was sold in 2013 for $5.49 million.

Frank Sinatra’s “Glittering Grotto In The Sky” For Sale
By Jen Carlson in Arts & Entertainment on August 1, 2012 12:30 PM
Frank Sinatra’s old pad at 530 East 72nd Street is back on the market—the last time it was up for sale was 2008, when the listing read, “The first owner was Old Blue Eyes. The new one must be someone with vision.” It’s unclear if that vision still includes circa 1960s wallpaper and tiles.

The 3,000-square-foot penthouse, which takes up the 22nd and 23rd floors, will go on sale next week for $7.7 million, according to the NY Post. Broker Jason Haber says, “The apartment has been modernized, but it is still set up for someone with that Rat Pack mentality. It is really for someone who wants to entertain, to have people over, to have dinner parties.” When Ol’ Blue Eyes lived there he entertained the likes of President John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and even Andy Warhol—the artist called it “a glittering grotto in the sky.’’

Frank Sinatra’s ‘Grotto In The Sky’ On The Market - Check It Out!
Celebrity Homes
August 02, 2012 by: Angela Wagner
Old Hollywood glamour is alive and well in the heart of Manhattan, and you can own a piece of it. Frank Sinatra’s penthouse party pad is on the market for $7.7 million dollars…

And by NYC standards, that’s a total steal, especially considering the name dropping possibilities here that are absolutely priceless.

The realtors in charge of the historical but totally modern and hip spot, Rubicon Property, are throwing around enticers like “meticulously renovated,” “luxury living,” and “elegance, charm, sophistication,” and naturally, they reference the Rat Pack.

More specifically, it’s 3,200 square feet, has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 18-foot ceilings, a wrap around terrace with river views throughout.
Apparently it’s even famous enough to have inspired the one and only Andy Warhol who dubbed it a “glittering grotto in the sky.”

NBC Connecticut
Square Feet: Inside Frank Sinatra’s Former “Glittering Grotto in the Sky”
Mar 27, 2013
We go inside the former home of ‘ol blue eyes Frank Sinatra. This storied penthouse features 3,000 square feet, four bedrooms, 18-foot ceilings, views of the East River, wraparound terrace, a glass spiral staircase, and a putting green. It’s not wordier this space was dubbed the “glittering grotto in the sky” by Andy Warhol. For more information on this property, please contact Jason Haber at 212-203-9561. View the listing.

New York (NY) Observer
Sinatra’s Storied Penthouse Snagged By Chinese Scion
By Kim Velsey 5/16/2013 3:12pm
Frank Sinatra’s old duplex at 530 East 72nd Street finally got under someone’s skin. And this despite a “meticulous” renovation in recent years that included the installation of the exact same staircase as the one in the Apple stores and some other rather hideous unique design choices.

The New York Post reports that the “glittering grotto in the sky”—as Andy Warhol once referred to the Sinatra-era party pad—is in contract to the daughter of a Chinese technology tycoon. Maybe she found the Apple staircase homey?

The price cut that the four-bedroom co-op took—dropping from $7.7 million to $5.49 million since being listed with Rubicon Property founder Jason Haber and broker Gregory Spock last August—was no doubt another appealing feature.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBuildings/Housing/Parks • Wednesday, July 03, 2013 • Permalink