Facts vs. Fiction: Inside the World of 666 Park Avenue

12:12:21 | 2012-06-27

Park Avenue’s most devilish address, where evil, obsession, and supernatural occurrences are included in the rent.

(New York, NY) — Coming this fall to ABC’s Sunday night lineup, the network is rolling out one of the more intriguing shows coming to your living room in 666 Park Avenue.  The show is based off author Gabriella Pierce’s 2011 novel of the same name.

The series looks at the newly hired building managers, Jane Van Veen, played by Rachel Taylor of Charlie’s Angels and Grey’s Anatomy, and Henry Martin, played by Dave Annable of Brothers & Sisters, and their realization of what this prestigious building truly holds.

While the show deals with a variety of supernatural themes, the building portrayed is actually based off a real building, 660 Park Avenue.  Located on 67th and Park, this esteemed building was built in 1927 by York and Sawyer, an architectural firm best known for creating bank buildings.  One peculiar feature of this building is, despite its 12-stories, the building only features 11 apartments.

William K. Vanderbilt II | Credit: Flickr, By WannaBeEdwardian

One of these apartments was designed specifically for Ms. William K. Vanderbilt II.  This impressive apartment is a 27-room triplex, which features double-height entertaining rooms, including one that is more than 1,000 square feet and 18 feet tall.  Another peculiarity about this particular apartment is that it has its own entrance on the side street, which features the address 666 Park Avenue.  One unexpected bonus about the buzz concerning this show is that local real estate brokers that have listings in the building have received greater traffic concerning those listings, despite the story being fictional and having nothing to due with the building itself.

While 660 Park Avenue is the building portrayed in the series, the building they are using for filming has its own rich history.  The Ansonia, located on Broadway between 73rd and 74th streets, was the home to many oddities.  These include being the home to an infamous homosexual bathhouse named “the Continental Baths” in its basement during the 1960s and 1970s, as well as being the home to many celebrities throughout the buildings more than 100 year history including Babe Ruth, Natalie Portman, and many more.

The show, which features many other actors which have made ABC their home for the past few years including Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams, is coming to your TV’s this fall.  The series finds itself in the coveted Sunday night at 10 PM slot, previously held by Brothers & Sisters, GCB, and Pan Am, as ABC looks to fill the void left by the recently completed Desperate Housewives.

—Email  richard@brokerpulse.com

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