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Seinfeld: Master Of A New Domain

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Seinfeld: Master Of A New Domain

Would you park a vintage Porsche on a New York City street? Neither would Jerry Seinfeld. The comedian/car enthusiast is now building his private dream garage just blocks from his Manhattan penthouse, The Smoking Gun has learned. Documents show that Seinfeld's swanky little carpark will be outfitted with terrazzo floors (!), wood paneling, "cabinet storage systems," stainless steel shelving, a new skylight, and a heating/air conditioning system (as if those rides aren't cool enough).

The Seinfeld garage is rather small--just 16' x 52'--and previously housed a plumbing & heating contractor. In March 1999, a Seinfeld company (Medici,LLC) bought the two-story property for $880,000 in cash. New York City Department of Buildings filings show Medici's officers to be Jerry's sister, Carolyn Liebling (president), and Seinfeld himself as vice president.

By TSG estimates, the Seinfeld garage--now undergoinga gut renovation as these pictures show--can likely hold no more that 20 automobiles. The West 83rd Street building features a heavy duty elevator which can shuttle autos between the garage's cellar and ground floor (the property's second floor is not designed for car storage). The current renovation, carrying an estimated $500,000 pricetag, includes a major spruce up of the garage's top floor, according to these detailed architectural plans filed with the buildings department.

Upstairs, Jerry will soon have a carpeted, 844-square-foot office with a curved (some might call it undulating) ceiling. He'll get to that space via a new, rather fancy, glass and metal staircase. Next to the office is a brand new "kitchenette." And next to that is a new bathroom with a shower (apparently Porsches can be rather dirty). Finally, there is an outdoor deck off of Seinfeld's office that's being fitted with stone pavers, documents show.

The filings do not indicate when the rehab work will be completed. But for Jerry, that day can't come too soon. Those bothersome alternate side of the street parking regulations must be killing the poor guy.