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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

MAC II's New Neighbor

MAC II, the interior design firm I work for, would like to welcome our new 
neighbor to the beautiful upper east side......

Late yesterday, in her continuing effort to prove to the world (if not 
to Malawi authorities) that she's the perfect mother for orphan Mercy 
James, Madonna released a picture of her holding the young girl. They 
do look cute together, don't they? (Though perhaps Madge shouldn't 
have airbrushed herself to look quite so young — surely Malawi has enough 
teen mothers to go around.) The other evidence that comes to light this
 morning about the wonderful life she will be able to provide for the girl 
is news that the pop star has signed a $40 million contract on a gorgeous, 
"London-style" townhouse on the Upper East Side. And boy, is it the 
home of a little orphan's dreams.

The double-wide townhouse features:
  • Thirteen bedrooms and fourteen bathrooms.
  • A 3,000-square-foot private garden in back.
  • A two-car garage.
  • An elevator for the four floors.
  • Nine fireplaces.
  • A wine celler and grotto.

One has to wonder what was wrong with her Central Park West home, which she 
battled for the right to expand and renovate for several years. She'll remain 
there while extensive restructuring goes on in the new place (hello, there's 
no gym yet). Some real-estate gossipmongers snipe that you can feel 
the Lexington Avenue subway line when it passes underneath the 
townhouse, and that the location on 81st between Third and Lex is 
too far east to be glamorous. But hello. It's going to become glamorous now. 
Lourdes is moving in!

Below is a satellite view of the Upper East Side. The red arrow with the 
"A" points to where MAC II is. Madonna has supposedly purchased a 
townhouse the next block over to the right on 81st Street (So, basically 
across the street).

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