Archive for January, 2006

Curbed.com Grades 740 Park “Definitive”

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A Q&A with Michael Gross, author of what curbed.com calls “the definitive tome” on the building, about the late Enid Haupt’s two-bedroom penthouse duplex at 71 East 71st Street, which just hit the market at the mid-bogglingly bubblicious price of $27.5 million. And a prediction of the profit Steve Schwarzman will make when he decides to move on up and trades in his duplex to buy… I dunno… what’s better?… Venus??

“Fascinating,” says the Edmonton Journal

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Debby Waldman writes: “Gross has found some fascinating characters. There’s the manipulative Texas-born social climber Dorothea Shearn, wife of William Randolph Hearst’s trustee, who once invited her sister for Christmas and failed to show up for dinner, leaving her to dine on a can of Spam. There’s jet-set hostess Peggy Bancroft, whose famed parties included such guests as the king of Spain, and whose second and third husbands were European noblemen. Disgraced banker Saul Steinberg lived at 740 until the 1990s, as did Wall Street takeover wiz Henry Kravis of Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts… There are other recognizable names connected … Continue reading

The best little penthouse in New York can be yours

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William Neuman of the New York Times consults 740 Park author Michael Gross on the listing for sale of the late Enid Haupt’s jewel-box two-bedroom duplex penthouse apartment at 71 East 71st Street (aka 740 Park Avenue). Even if you can’t afford the mind-boggling $27.5 million asking price, you owe it to yourself to see floor plans of apartment 17D by scrolling down this page. — Little Penthouse, Big Price, The New York Times, January 29, 2006

“Enthralling,” says Maclean’s

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740 Park serves up an “enthralling mix of social history, real estate porn and schadenfreude,” says Brian Bethune in “Darling I love you, but give me Park Avenue,” Maclean’s (January 9, 2006).

8th Printing for 740 Park

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On Christmas Eve, Broadway Books announced the 8th printing of 740 Park: The Story of the World’s Richest Apartment Building.

“The most fabled building in the ‘hood,” says the fabled Shiny Sheet

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Today, 740 Park “became the #1 bestseller in Palm Beach bookstores on New Year’s Day,” Liz Smith wrote in the Palm Beach Post. Robert Janjigian reported on page one of The Palm Beach Daily News on an appearance by Michael Gross at the Rosario Candela-designed Brazilian Court Hotel.