Michael Imperioli, of “The Sopranos” fame, has landed himself some new digs right here on the Upper West Side, reports the NY Times. Imperioli, who won an Emmy for his role as the show’s diehard mobster, Christopher Moltisanti, also worked as a writer on the series.
He penned several episodes throughout the shows run, and is now working on a new show called “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector”. The NBC crime show will feature Imperioli cast as a stern and stoic, old-fashioned detective. The filming required him to move from his current residence in Santa Barbara back to New York.
According to the NY Times, Imperioli first moved to Manhattan from Mount Vernon, NY in 1985. He’s lived in the West Village and TriBeCa, with a brief move to a place on 43rd Street and Eighth Avenue. However, as the NY times reports, Mr. Imperioli knew that someday, he would find himself becoming a resident of the Upper West Side, “an area he valued for its architecture, ambience and very settled population.”
Imperioli visited the apartment building once before, around a year ago, and admired an apartment for its view of the Hudson and its pre-war charm. He also thought the size of the Upper West Side apartment was perfect for him and his wife, saying that he doesn’t enjoy “giant, giant places where you feel you’re in an anonymous environment.” However, it took a relocation to New York to sell him on the place. A year or so ago, “he time wasn’t right”, and the couple “kind of forgot about it”. As fate and television brought Imperioli back to Manhattan, he decided it was now time move into the Upper West Side co-op they had earlier admired.
As shown in photos taken by the NY Times, Mr. Imperioli and his wife Victoria have an eclectic and elegant decorating style, which seems to evoke a “Hollywood Regency” theme. The living room features glamorous accessories including busts of Mercury, Athena, Beatrice, and Michelangelo’s “David”. The room features lampshades with a Greek-key design and zebra prints adorn both the area rug and a pair of accent chairs.
Mrs. Imperioli, an interior designer, included tons of luxurious textures in the bedroom. The highlights include damask curtains, tassel lampshades and velvet accessories. The bedroom also features a Buddha shrine where Mr. Imperioli meditates daily.
While the location of his new apartment was not revealed, we know that the building is a pre-war coop with at least 11 floors. Any guesses?
If you spot Michael Imperioli around the UWS, welcome him to the neighborhood. And if you’d like to see some more of him while he’s in town, he has adapted his novel, “The Perfume Burned His Eyes,” into a play that will have a performance at Joe’s Pub in late March.
Featured images by Flickr user Louise Palanker