NYC's Le Penthouse Owner Files for Bankruptcy

NYC's Le Penthouse Owner Files for Bankruptcy

Linh Nguyen
2 min read

Luxury Apartment "Le Penthouse" in NYC Faces Bankruptcy

The owner of "Le Penthouse," once New York City's most expensive apartment listed at $98 million, has filed for bankruptcy to avoid foreclosure. Yitzchak Tessler, the developer behind the ambitious condominium project at 172 Madison Avenue, took this last-minute action just five minutes before a scheduled foreclosure sale by real estate investor ArcPe. Tessler's move was criticized by ArcPe as being in "bad faith," but his attorney defended it, stating Tessler aims to sell the units and maximize their value, estimated at $100 million. The luxury units, originally overpriced and located off Billionaire's Row, have struggled in the market, leading to Tessler breaking "Le Penthouse" into smaller units for individual sale.

Key Takeaways

  • Owner Yitzchak Tessler filed for bankruptcy to avoid foreclosure on "Le Penthouse" at 172 Madison Avenue.
  • Tessler's move came minutes before a scheduled foreclosure sale by real estate investor ArcPe.
  • The value of unsold units and commercial spaces at the property is estimated at $100 million.
  • "Le Penthouse" was initially listed for $98 million in 2019, later reduced to $76 million, and now being divided into five separate units.
  • Tessler's ambitious project faced challenges with luxury condo sales, leading to disagreements over pricing with real estate firms.


Yitzchak Tessler's bankruptcy filing to prevent foreclosure on "Le Penthouse" underscores the challenges in New York's luxury real estate market. Overpricing and location issues likely contributed to poor sales, prompting Tessler to subdivide the property. This move, though criticized, aims to maximize returns by targeting a broader buyer base. Short-term impacts include legal disputes and market skepticism, potentially affecting other high-end developments. Long-term, this could lead to more realistic pricing and strategic repositioning of luxury properties, influencing investor and buyer expectations in the sector.

Did You Know?

  • Foreclosure: A legal process in which a lender attempts to recover the balance of a loan from a borrower who has stopped making payments by forcing the sale of the asset used as the collateral for the loan. In this context, Yitzchak Tessler filed for bankruptcy to prevent the foreclosure of "Le Penthouse" by ArcPe.
  • Bankruptcy: A legal proceeding involving a person or business that is unable to repay outstanding debts. The bankruptcy process begins with a petition filed by the debtor, which is most common, or on behalf of creditors, which is less common. All of the debtor's assets are measured and evaluated, and the assets may be used to repay a portion of outstanding debt.
  • Billionaire's Row: A colloquial term for a set of ultra-luxury residential skyscrapers, built or being built, along the southern end of Central Park in Manhattan, New York City. These buildings are known for their high-end luxury apartments and penthouses, often owned by billionaires. The location of "Le Penthouse" off Billionaire's Row suggests it was intended for a very high-end market, which struggled in this case.

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