Morris Schinasi was a Turkish tobacco baron. Schinasi had this 35 room 12,000 sqft mansion commissioned in 1909. It still includes a Prohibition-era trap door that leads to a tunnel that once extended all the way to the Hudson river.
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The mansion remains the only detatched single family home in all of Manhattan.
Schinasi was the father of American sculptor, filmmaker, entrepreneur, window dresser, designer and inventor Altina Schinasi.