Comedian Rosie O'Donnell reportedly signed a $1.97 million contract over the summer to purchase a two-bedroom pied-a-terre apartment in the heart of Manhattan's theater district in a building that is still under construction.


The New York Times' Josh Barbanel today broke the story of O'Donnell's latest addition to her real-estate empire. However, O'Donnell's new unit, which will be in the newly built, 220-unit steel and tinted glass Platinum building at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 46th Street. The Times reported that the unit in the Platinum, which will have the address of 247 W. 46th Street, will not be ready until next summer.

Features in O'Donnell's new building will include a lobby with a 26-foot-long fireplace, 15 feet of 'mood-enhancing videos' on plasma screens, indoor and outdoor yoga studios, and spa and treatment rooms, the paper reported. Check out the building's sleek website here.

O'Donnell's buying and selling over the years -- much of which has taken place in Connecticut and upstate New York -- truly have been the stuff of legend, although chiefly before we started writing this blog. Currently, however, O’Donnell owns three other residences: a 2,193-square-foot house in South Nyack, N.Y. that she purchased for $2,200,000 in April 2003 (and not in ‘October 2005,’ as the Times had erroneously reported in yesterday’s column), a one-bedroom apartment at the Lumiere condo development at 350 W. 53rd Street in Manhattan that Rosie purchased in October 2005 for $850,000, according to public records, and a 10,109-square-foot mansion on Miami’s Star Island that she purchased in 1999 for $6,750,000 and that currently is owned in the name of Rosie’s business manager and brother-in-law Dan Crimmins. Rosie had listed her Star Island mansion for $16,750,000 at one time. She currently has been reported to be renovating the mansion, according to news accounts.