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A-Rod buys $9.9M co-op after ‘begging’ for board’s approval

He almost couldn’t swing it.

Alex Rodriguez shelled out $9.9 million for a Central Park West co-op — after initially being denied by the building’s board, The Post can report. 

According to sources familiar with the transaction, the former Yankee and businessman “made a big fuss about it” and “begged” for the unit until he got it. 

“He almost didn’t get accepted and begged the board to accept him,” one insider explained to The Post. 

“He had a tantrum and then they said ‘yes.’”

According to a separate source, the board did not want someone with A-Rod’s “reputation.”

“It is a typical white-glove Central Park West co-op,” the source said. “They don’t want anyone with celebrity status living here. That is not what they are going for.” 

Rodriguez, 46, purchased the three-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom unit from real estate developer Jordan Vogel. Reps for Vogel did not respond to The Post’s request for comment. Rodriguez’s reps also did not immediately return a request for comment.

Vogel, 42, had initially purchased the second-floor unit for $6.75 million, records show.

Images show the palatial building towering over Central Park’s western entrance, directly across the street from the Natural History Museum.

Alex Rodriguez purchased a unit in the The Beresford building.
Alex Rodriguez purchased a unit in the Beresford co-op building.
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“It is the crown jewel of famed architect Emery Roth,” the listing states, “and one of the most prestigious addresses in the entire city.”

Residents enter through a grand foyer complete with an art gallery. Units like the one Rodriguez purchased have artistic touches throughout.

The grand foyer with gallery.
The grand foyer with a gallery.
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Upon entry is an 8.5-foot-tall glass casement door, which leads into the central gallery. The 500-square-foot living room features views of Central Park and comes with a wood-burning fireplace. 

The family room.
The family room.
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The living space also comes with a wood-burning fireplace.
The living space also comes with a wood-burning fireplace.
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The home spans 3,600 square feet.
The residence spans 3,600 square feet.

Rodriguez insisted on the board’s approval for the unit despite one apparent drawback.

“It is shocking that he would want a place on the second floor. It is not private at all. I think it’s a massive mistake,” the source opined.  

In the past, Rodriguez found himself embroiled in scandal when a photographer took a rogue photo of him on the toilet of his bathroom, shot through the window of his NYC penthouse he shared with ex Jennifer Lopez at the time. 

“I’m certainly not suing,” Rodriguez said in June 2019. “The one thing is, I actually do my best thinking there! I wasn’t ready for the picture. It is what it is … I have to invest in some good blinds, and I think I am.”

But, according to the insider, Rodriguez wasn’t fazed by the level of this new corner unit and “loved the renovations” located at the Beresford. 

The study and den area.
Windows open up into the study and den area of the home, which is on the second floor and in near full view of the building’s exterior.
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Spanning 900 square feet, the primary suite features two full bathrooms, a dressing room and a separate sitting room. 

The primary bedroom.
Even the primary bedroom appears in view of the park below and adjacent units.
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The dressing room.
The home’s dressing room, at least, offers some privacy.
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One of 5.5 bathrooms.
One of the five-and-a-half bathrooms.
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One of two secondary bedrooms.
Another bathroom.
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The formal dining room is oak-paneled with “discretely designed storage,” the listing states. And the bistro-like kitchen has restored original St. Charles cabinetry equipped with professional-grade appliances, including two dishwashers. 

The formal wood-paneled dining room.
A formal wood-paneled dining room.
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The kitchen.
The kitchen includes a chef’s stove and marble floors.
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One of two secondary bedrooms.
One of two secondary bedrooms.
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The other secondary bedroom.
The other secondary bedroom.
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Roberto Cabrera with Brown Harris Stevens held the listing.  

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