Brokerage Bigwig Buys in Tribeca

• The Fairchild at 55 Vestry Street, the newly-opened Tribeca building where James Gandolfini has purchased an apartment (and which Jessica Alba and Adriana Lima have toured recently) has a notable real estate exec to add to its list of new buyers. CB Richard Ellis chairman Stephen Siegel is reportedly buying a two-bedroom in the building for for $1.75 million. [NYO]
• Sanjay Swani, a partner at the private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, and his wife Preeti, have sold their five-bedroom apartment at 33 East End Avenue for $3.2 million. [Cityfile]

• Australian swimsuit model Pania Rose and her husband, Thaddeus Taylor I. O'Neil, have paid $712,500 for a fourth-floor pad at 175 E. 2nd Street. [BS]
• Columbia professors Elazar Barkan and Pamela H. Smith have paid $1.78 million for a three-bedroom condo at 372 Central Park West. [Cityfile]
• The former Manhasset Bay home of the late writer Ring Lardner has gone on the market. The six-bedroom mansion, which one hosted the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and George Gershwin, is listed for $2.25 million. [Newsday, CB]