By Ellie Choi
Upon hearing of his move to Trump Tower in White Plains, Jeremy Lin fans worried that MSG would be the only place to spot their Knicks favorite. Fret not, for “Linsanity” is now renting an expansive, fully furnished condo at the swanky W New York Downtown in the city’s Financial District.
Lin’s 2 bed, 2 bath hotel suite spans 1,182 SF, is furnished with $35,000 worth of Tui Lifestyle furniture, features original artwork, and a 4-foot high sculpture in the glass encased living room. These posh digs also come equipped with all the home essentials, from bed/bath linens and kitchenware to state of the art electronics – so all Lin needs to move in is his toothbrush.
Whenever the Knicks star feels like changing up the scenery from his spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty and Freedom Tower, he can venture downstairs to the hotel’s restaurant, BLT Bar & Grill, where he’ll enjoy his own private seating area. As a W resident, Lin also has full reign of the house amenities like a movie screening room, gaming digital lounge, café, gym, and rooftop terrace to boot.
Exclusively designed by Louise Sunshine, Lin’s new pad was originally $13,000 a month. But Matthew Moinian, the son of the W’s developer Joseph Moinian, said Mr. Lin got a better deal, but declined to disclose the final contract price.
According to Streeteasy.com, Lin is shelling out somewhere between $3,600 to $8,900 per month to rent the space. That is in addition to the estimated $3,800 for his apartment in Trump Tower.
Nevertheless, Lin opted for the more humble mid-level unit, despite having his pick of the flashiest of apartments, sources say.
Game night commutes to Madison Square Garden will prove much more convenient for Lin once he signs the rental papers this week.
Sources say Lin plans to spend the majority of his time at the hotel residence, while his condo at Trump Tower will be used more sparingly for practices at the Knicks’ practice facility in Greenburgh.
NYC Linatics can now rest easy about Lin’s housing – your boy is in town, and apparently, is pretty comfortable.