Floorplan Porn: $43 Million Penthouse Washes Away the Pain

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In times of trouble, we all seek comfort in different ways. For some, it's time spent with family and friends. For others, it's ice cream. For us, it's staring at the floorplan of a fabulously expensive Fifth Avenue co-op apartment. And so, when we read on the Real Estalker that the layout of Bill and Tina Flaherty's massive penthouse duplex at 1040 Fifth Avenue had been added to the $43 million Corcoran listing, we knew it was time to put all this financial turmoil behind us and celebrate the ivory towers of the rulers of the Gold Coast. In this world, guests are greeted by long and imposing galleries, bedrooms are "chambers," and upper floors are given over to terraces, solariums, greenhouses and pergolas. Gaze at the above (and below) and have faith that everything's going to be OK.

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· Listing: 1040 Fifth Avenue [Corcoran]

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