by Constance Rosenblum, New York Times
SEYMOUR SOLOMON was justly famous as a founder of Vanguard Records, the label that starting in the 1950s presented such celebrated performers as the Weavers, Paul Robeson and Joan Baez. Fewer people know that in the late 1960s and early ’70s, Mr. Solomon also occupied one of Manhattan’s more dazzling apartments.
Then in his 40s and divorced, Mr. Solomon lived on the 35th floor of Mayfair Towers on West 72nd Street, next door to the Dakota. Though the apartment had only one bedroom, amenities included a pocket-size terrace and a knockout view of Central Park and northern Manhattan through the picture windows.
In 1973 Mr. Solomon’s life changed momentously. That was the year he remarried. His new wife, Pearl Chesler, had a 13-year-old son. So when the three-bedroom apartment next door became available, Mr. Solomon reluctantly gave up his bachelor quarters and snapped up the larger apartment.
“But he always missed his bachelor pad,” his stepson, Andrew Chesler, said. “He said he missed the sunsets. He’d been happy there.” Around 1990, when his old lair went on the market for $375,000, Mr. Solomon bought it back and combined the apartments, creating a four-bedroom space.
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