“Your goal is to spend more and more time in New York,” he added. “They are confident that New York will return from its current challenges stronger than ever.”
Mr. Daffey, an early investor in bitcoins, has been with Goldman Sachs since 1994. His resignation that month was announced in February.
Classic neo-French mansion is located between Madison and Fifth Avenues in the Lenox Hill neighborhood, a short walk from Central Park. The 50-foot-wide and seven-story building has an interior space of around 28,000 square meters that includes 10 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms and a two-story reception area.
The structure was designed in the early 1930s by architect Horace Trumbauer for Herbert N. Straus, an heir to Macy’s Fortune, but Straus died before it was completed. It later became part of St. Clare Hospital and then housed the private Birch Wathen School.
In 1989, Mr. Epstein’s mentor, Leslie H. Wexner, the founder of L Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, bought the building from Birch Wathen for around $ 13.2 million and converted it after extensive work in a private residence for renovations. At the time, it was the highest recorded price for a townhouse.
Mr. Wexner never moved in, but Mr. Epstein did. In a 1996 interview he said, “Les never stayed there for more than two months.” Public records indicate that in 2011 a deed was assigned to the Virgin Islands-based company Maple Inc. by Mr. Epstein.
Mr. Epstein, a billionaire financier, was accused of conducting a sex trafficking operation that lured dozens of underage girls into the mansion and his home in Palm Beach, Florida. Funds from the sale of the villa were expected to be transferred to a compensation program for the victims.
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