Get Inside Marc Murphy’s Upper West Side Apartment – Snagging an apartment inside The Beresford, a prewar belle on New York City’s Central Park West designed by Emery Roth, is a coup landed by only a lucky few. But for Manhattan-based chef Marc Murphy and his wife, Pamela Schein Murphy, who were long-time Tribeca residents, the decision to move north—even to one of the most desired buildings in the city—was a fraught one. “I panicked somewhere in the middle [of the renovation],” says Pamela, founder and creative director of lifestyle website The Select 7.
“It was like, ‘Oh, my God, we can’t live uptown,’” she recalls. But with both the couple’s children in school in the neighborhood, plus Marc’s restaurant, Landmarc, located inside the Time Warner Center on the northwest corner of Central Park West, Pamela found herself “wandering the Upper West Side like a nomad.” It was finally time for the family to embrace moving above 14th Street.
Even so, the Murphys weren’t entirely ready to sacrifice their downtown sensibilities. “It’s really hard to find like a loft-like space up here,” Pamela says of the Upper West Side. “This was one of the only apartments that I found where I could really knock walls down and create a huge, open living space.” That renovation—which took a year and change—came courtesy of Matthew Baird Architects, who changed the 3,000-square-foot floor plan from two bedrooms and a study into a proper three bedroom (the couple has two children, Campbell, 15, and Callen, 12). They also removed the walls separating the kitchen from the dining and living rooms, creating a light-filled entertaining spread with breathtaking views of Central Park and a chef-worthy cooking space replete with SieMatic-designed appliances.
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