Arnold S. Warwick, who split his time between a West Village apartment over the Cherry Lane Theater and a house on East Hampton’s Cedar Street for nearly 45 years, died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Jan. 21. He was 82 and had worked until just two months before his death, his family said.
Born in Brooklyn Oct. 18, 1931, to Harry Warwick and the former Lillian Krum, he grew up in the Crown Heights area. He entered the Army during the Korean War after graduating from high school, and was stationed at a medical facility in the southern United States.
After leaving the military, he attended Bard College for a time, but ended up taking his first job in civilian life as the house manager of the Cherry Lane Theater, renting an apartment in the same building not long after.
He eventually migrated to the real estate business, first working for a brokerage, then setting up his own shop, Arnold S. Warwick and Company, still in business and now being run by his son, Matthew Warwick. The elder Mr. Warwick specialized in West Village real estate and apartments.
“He was the mayor of the West Village,” his son said yesterday.
In 2012, The New York Times did a real estate feature on Mr. Warwick and his apartment. “I don’t plan on dying because I don’t want to give up a rent-controlled apartment,” he joked in the article.
One of Mr. Warwick’s favorite haunts as a younger man was the White Horse Tavern on Hudson Street. It was there that he met Jane Hawke, soon to be Jane Hawke Warwick, the longtime fiction editor of Mademoiselle magazine. The couple raised three children in their New York apartment.
One of Mr. Warwick’s favorite pastimes was photography. He took over a darkroom, also in the Cherry Lane Theater building, from the famed New York City photographer Bernice Abbott.
The Warwick family had always summered in East Hampton, enjoying the company of the South Fork’s artistic community, and around 1970, they bought a house on Cedar Street, where they spent summers, weekends and holidays. Indian Wells in Amagansett was the family’s beach of choice.
“He loved to work and listen to opera,” Mr. Warwick’s son, said, often at the same time. He also loved jazz.
Besides his son, who now lives in Brooklyn, Mr. Warwick is survived by two daughters, Samantha Tompkins of East Hampton and Liadain Smith of East Hampton and New York, and by seven grandchildren. His wife died in 2010.
Mr. Warwick was cremated. A memorial will be private.
The family has suggested donations to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, 525 East 68th Street, Box 123, New York 10065.