Singer, actress and Bed Stuy native Norah Jones is the secret buyer of the carriage house at 172 Pacific Street in Cobble Hill, which was featured in the film “Eat, Pray, Love.” She purchased it under the name of an LLC in July for $6,250,000, according to unnamed sources cited by The New York Daily News.
Brownstoner readers will recall Jones was embroiled in a controversy with her neighbors and the Landmarks Preservation Commission over the installation of 10 (later reduced to seven) lot-line windows at her historic house at 166 Amity Street in Cobble Hill. The Cobble Hill Association was “up in arms” over the LPC granting approval for the windows which it deemed “historically inconsistent and structurally dubious,” as we wrote at the time. (She also later installed a backyard swimming pool, as we reported.)
The late 1850s Romanesque Revival-style carriage house, a former stable, has a rustic-style interior with exposed wood beams and a big brick fireplace. You could even say it has a Tuscan feel, much like Jones’ kitchen in her other Cobble Hill house. Other features of the former firehouse include double-height ceilings, wide plank floors, an impressive garden, central air conditioning, and a terrace.
Jones, the daughter of a concert producer and famous sitar player Ravi Shankar, spent her early years in Bed Stuy before decamping with her mother to Texas. She returned to Brooklyn in 2009, when she bought the house on Amity Street. (She also briefly owned an apartment in Manhattan, according to the News.)
Norah Jones Is the Mystery Buyer of Brooklyn’s $6 Million “Eat, Pray, Love” House [NY Daily News]
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172 Pacific Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photos of 172 Pacific Street by Corcoran; photo of Jones by maccosta for Wikimedia Commons