A Manhattan Medici at Home

For Andrew Solomon, whose book “Far From the Tree” inspired a new documentary, a Greenwich Village brownstone untouched by time proved too much to resist.

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  1. The 8th photo in the slideshow is such a fantastic portrait! Glad to see and feel that Andrew Solomon is happy. Hope he truly is doing well. Love all the books. They make a great image, too.

  2. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing with NYT readers.

  3. Sedulous, perfervid...

    my dictionary got a workout.

  4. my thoughts exactly. I added: bibelots....

  5. Glad I wasn't the only one. And I wondered if these words were on a NYT vocab test that writers probably have to take before being hired.

  6. So funny you mention that! I had never heard of either word and had to look them up! Part of why I like the Times, lol!

  7. Wow, did he make all that money as a writer?

  8. He's a successful author, and a very good one, but I understand he comes from a very wealthy family (from pharmaceuticals and finance).

  9. He has enormously wealthy father and inherited wealth.

  10. Just my preference ... I would prefer photos that encompass a broader view of the home such as of the entire kitchen, garden or facade of the home versus a close-up of a personal memento of the homeowner (photo 4 of 8).

  11. I'd like both. Loved this particular memento and its story.

  12. We all have a lot of books....

  13. Perfection! So glad you maintained your brownstone's integrity. Those two rooms alone beg friends and family welcome (and me, too)!

  14. Oh my, that library...it's what dreams are made of...

  15. The whole place is stunning, but that library is the ultimate. I have two homes full of books, one of which now I'm getting ready to sell. If I could have a double-height library like Solomon's, my problems would be solved. Only in my dreams, unfortunately. Far From the Tree is a great book, by the way. It's in my collection.

  16. Andrew Solomon, one of my most favorite writers, recommended to all. A true gem of a person. He found his singular taste. It fits well.

  17. What a wonderful house!

  18. What is a “Manhattan Medici?” Could someone please explain, I really could not tell what that means....Thank you!

  19. Well...how putrid this whole thing is...

  20. This article reminds me of the satiric "Not the New York Times," published in the late 70s, when the "Living" section was retitled as the "Having" section. I respect and like Solomon and his work, but somehow rich-people-house-porn makes me uneasy.

  21. Yeah, rich people have nice houses.

  22. Here's a psychology question: Why would someone want to be the subject of a story like this? Sharing your home with family and friends is lovely. With the world? I don't get it. One would think he is trying to sell the place but that doesn't seem likely.

  23. He has money and taste. Great combination.

  24. The letters are interesting. I have enjoyed Mr. Solomon's books, but also question why he would want to open his home to scrutiny, no matter how beautiful. I've thought of him as a rather private person, then remembered his wedding which was the subject of the Vows column. It was quite spectacular as I recall, and fun to read about. As someone who has benefited from his book on depression, I am happy to read of Mr. Solomon's success, particularly in his private life. It gives one hope.