Inside the apartment that saved Irving Berlin’s career

Irving Berlin was the undisputed king of Tin Pan Alley. Over his career — which lasted from 1907 well into the 1960s — he composed roughly 1,250 iconic toe-tappers, 25 of which were No. 1 pop-chart smashes. Although he was a self-taught musician, his hits “White Christmas,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and “God Bless America” are staples of the Great American Songbook. Fellow songwriter Jerome Kern once remarked that Berlin simply “is American music.”

Now, a vital but lesser-known piece of Berlin’s legacy — one that may well have saved his career — has traded hands on the East Side of Manhattan for the first time in nearly two decades. The duplex apartment that Berlin called home from 1931 until 1938 at 130 East End Ave. sold to an anonymous buyer this month. The three-bedroom, four-bathroom co-op in a noteworthy building by Art Deco starchitect Emery Roth was listed for just $2.3 million with Warburg Realty, but had originally hit the market asking $7.9 million.

While the apartment has been heavily renovated since Berlin’s time, the new owner is nevertheless cashing in on a mammoth amount of music history.

FOR HOME130 East End Avenue, PHACredit: MW StudiosFOR HOME130 East End Avenue, PHACredit: MW StudiosWarburg RealtyFOR HOME130 East End Avenue, PHACredit: James Smolka

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