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The delicious eye candy that is 3 Riverside Drive in NYC was once the Kleeberg mansion. Built in 1898, the five-story, 37-foot-wide, 11,000-square-foot limestone and brick home exudes charm with a twinkle. Gargoyles guard it at street level, and a chubby stone cherub perches at its peak, perhaps smiling down at the exuberant display below. Sadly, in the summer of 1903, it was the scene of Maria Kleeberg’s suicide. While her husband, Philip, maintained that there was no reason why his wife would have ended her life, it seems he had bought a separate mansion on Riverside Drive, for his personal use… Text and photo from Heaven on the Hudson: Mansions, Monuments, and Marvels of Riverside Park.