NY Post: Wide Awake Above Midtown
If ever there was a bedroom meant for sweet dreams, it has be the Midtown West bedroom of WPIX-TV anchor Tamsen Fadal. There’s a luxe, king-sized bed Tempur-Pedic mattress, numerous soft pillows to sink into and a cozy white linen comforter to snuggle under. Scented candles, soft lighting and a headboard fashioned from rich drapery enhance the peaceful vibe.
With all that, isn’t it a shame that Fadal barely sleeps?
As the morning anchor for PIX 11 News since 2008 — her shift is 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. — Fadal tries to get to bed by 8:30 p.m., but it’s usually closer to 10 p.m. She’s awake at 2:15 a.m. and out the door 15 minutes later.
N.Y.Post: Tamara Beckwith
VIEW TO A THRILL: The 17th-floor apartment overlooks buildings in Midtown and beyond.
N.Y.Post: Tamara Beckwith
BRIGHT & EARLY: WPIX-TV morning anchor Fadal lives in a stylishly decorated rental at the Helena on West 57th Street.
Blame it on the rental Fadal and her husband (and their two chihuahuas, Matsen and Parker) chose to move into in 2005 when they first arrived from Philadelphia.
“It’s hard to go to bed early, especially in the summer, because the city is wide awake,” Fadal says of their West 57th Street location.
The 40-story building, the Helena, is surrounded by the twinkling lights of skyscrapers and is just steps from the Hudson River, but that’s not all that attracted the couple to the one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment. It was also the eco-friendly building’s LEED Gold certification: At least half of the Helena’s purchased energy is wind-generated, and solar panels provide supplemental energy. “That’s huge for me,” Fadal says.
“Besides,” she adds, “at the time I was a correspondent for CBS, and the station is just down the block.”
How much does Fadal enjoy the view at the Helena?
“I never close the blinds at night,” she admits. “I don’t know if my neighbors like that, or don’t like that. We’re directly opposite from the ‘60 Minutes’ office, and a friend who works there told me: ‘I think I saw you walking through your apartment. You should shut your blinds.’ ”
The 750-square-foot corner apartment on the 17th floor features a dining alcove, a pass-through kitchen, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows and a rent of $3,300 a month.
“When I lived in Philadelphia, I had no furniture. I was so determined to get a job in New York, I got rid of everything — my bed, my dresser, everything. I didn’t want anything to drag me down,” Fadal says. “But once we arrived in the city, we started buying pieces that were very both large and permanent.”
Fadal filled the space with a dining table and chairs, a beige suede couch and matching armchair (she added rust-colored pillows) and chocolate-brown ottomans that she made her own by placing brightly colored scarves over them.
“I think my style is eclectic and modern with a little bit of a bohemian touch,” Fadal says.
When the anchor is finished for the day — “I do the news from 4 to 6 a.m., then I do a lot of entertainment stories for the station from 6 to 9 and, then, from 9 or 9:30, I shoot promos for the next day, and get out of work around 11 or 11:30” — she doesn’t come home and take a nap. Instead, she goes right to work on the business she and her husband started: The Love Consultants (theloveconsultants.com). It provides dating boot camps (to coach people on dating do’s and don’ts) and special seminars on relationships.
They’ve also written two books — “Why Hasn’t He Called?” and “Why Hasn’t He Proposed?”
And if that’s not enough, Fadal and her cousin, actress Shannon Elizabeth, just started a jewelry line called Spiritual Awakening (spiritualawakeningjewelry.com). Their goal is to create a complete line of accessories for career women.
So, how does Fadal do it all?
“I don’t think about it,” she says. “If I think about it, I get tired. I love what I do, and I love living in New York.”
TAMSEN FADAL’S FAVORITE THINGS
* Her 2005 Emmy and a Broadcast Journalism Award
* “Sun Garden,” a sculpture by a friend, artist Carson Fox
* Her shoe closet: “Shoes are my favorite, favorite things. Especially Manolo Blahniks.”
* Her late mom’s china collection
* A poster from Broadway’s “Chicago”: Fadal did awalk-on.
* A poster of a woman smoking: “I hate that she’s smoking, but I love the cigarette. It seems so European.”
* Her dogs Matsen and Parker