Archive for December, 2005

“Gobs of real-estate porn,” says the New York Times Book Review

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“The unexamined life may not be worth living but it can be worth reading about — especially if it takes place at 740 Park Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan,” writes Tara McKelvey, calling 740 Park “a sprawling book brimming with detail.” — The New York Times Book Review (December 18, 2005)

740 Park is Blogalicious

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“Meticulously researched and perfectly gossipy.” — Ron Mwangaguhunga’s The Corsair “A heaping plate of smouldering dish.” — Ron Mwangaguhunga’s The Corsair once again “Book of the week.” — iVestDirectWeekly “Very enjoyable.” — KendraStuff “Destined to be a classic, like Stephen Birmingham’s book on the Dakota.” — Got It Goin’ On! “An intense and fascinating glimpse into the world of the super-rich and ultra-elite, 740 Park Avenue is a must read for anyone interested in Manhattan’s social history. This book dishes the dirt on some of the wealthiest and most famous (and infamous) members of the social set for the past … Continue reading

HeadButler suggests: “Inhale 740 Park”

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“If you like social history — or the novels of Dominick Dunne — you’re going to want to inhale ’740 Park’, a book about a massive apartment building for The Swells… A bit of history and a ton of name-dropping. Both are fascinating.” — Jesse Kornbluth for HeadButler.com

“Juicy,” says Pages Magazine

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“Gross gets into the juicy details of life in 740 Park, with its scandals, bitter divorces, and apartment-custody battles. But the book is more than just an entertaining romp of the wild lifestyles of some prominent and powerful people. Gross ties in the evolution of the apartment building with changes in American life.” — Pages November/December 2005

Where 740 Park meets Times Square

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Brad Balfour of Timessquare.com interviews Michael Gross about 740 Park. Watch the streaming video here.

“Excess, greed, scandal and extravagant folly.”

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“Mr. Gross chronicles all manner of bad behavior taking place within the residences; life after folly-filled life flashes forward like Park Avenue canopies viewed from a speeding town car.” — “Peeking Behind the Gilded Walls of 740 Park Avenue,” New York Times, October 9, 2005 “740 Park isn’t just a laundry list of awe-inspiring floor plans and eye-popping extras. The book offers a narrative look at the 20th-century American aristocracy through one legendary residence. ‘Blood, brains, wealth and power drive the story of 740,’ Mr. Gross writes. ‘But so do excess, greed, scandal and extravagant folly.’ Honestly, what more could … Continue reading

740 Park Invades Palm Beach

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Michael Gross will appear at a book and author breakfast moderated by Parker Ladd, former host of A&E’s Open Book, at the Café Boulud ballroom at the Brazilian Court Hotel, 301 Australian Ave. in Palm Beach, Florida on December 23 at 8:45 a.m. To make reservations and for more information, call Lina Sotomayor at 561-366-4306.

740 Park is “in,” says Gotham

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In its December issue, Gotham magazine’s Jeffrey Slonim declares 740 Park: The Story of the World’s Richest Apartment Building “in,” while “living there” is “out.” Out of the financial reach of most of us, that is.

“Highly readable… unprecedented access,” says the Tucson Citizen

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“Documents the rich history of this legendary building. Filled with meaty and sometimes tragic stories of the people who lived behind the walls of 740 Park, this highly readable social history provides unprecedented access to the worlds of wealth, privilege and influence.” — Shelf Life, by Larry Cox, Tucson Citizen, December 1, 2005