Archive for January, 2007

740 Feud

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Two former residents of 740 Park — Ronald Lauder and Edgar Bronfman — are in the news, duking it out over leadership at the World Jewish Congress, says the New York Post’s Page Six. Lauder recently left his soon-to-be-ex-wife behind in the grand double-duplex apartment 740 developer James T. Lee built for himself. Bronfman’s triplex penthouse, created by Lee for Vanderbilt heir J. Watson Webb and his wife Electra Havemeyer, is now owned by United Technologies chairman George David.

St. Schwarzman’s Day

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Steve Schwarzman, current owner of the best little apartment in Manhattan (at 740 Park, of course), turns sixty on St. Valentine’s Day, and his wife is giving him a suitably restrained party — for 1,500 people, at the Park Avenue Armory. Landon Thomas Jr., the snarkiest writer for the New York Times Business page, gives them their due in today’s paper.

Corrections Pt. 2

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This just in from a granddaughter of Walter Hull Aldridge, the mining magnate whose 740 Park apartment was later sold to screenwriter William Goldman, who described seeing Aldridge being taken to a nursing home when he went for his first look at the apartment: “I am one of the granddaughters of Walter Hull Aldridge, President and Chairman of the Board of Texas Gulf Sulfur Company who resided at 740 Park Avenue (71 East 71st Street) for a number of years. On page 431 you have some incorrect information which I thought I would correct. Walter Hull Aldridge died on August … Continue reading

Plumber’s Crack

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New York magazine digs deep into the dirt in front of 740 Park today to uncover what lies buried in the imagination of a plumber. Alas, neither the unpublished photographic evidence here, here, here and here, nor the testimony of their eyewitness, who did work beneath 740′s doormat, does much to advance the magazine’s thesis of a secret train siding for the building’s plutocratic occupants. But then, one man’s abandoned coal bin is another man’s Intelligencer item!

Burch, Treed

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In Michael Shnayerson’s compelling profile of the beautiful blonde fashion-PR-turned-fashion-ingenue Tory Burch, “An Empire of Her Own,” in the February 2007 issue of Vanity Fair, Burch says she and her soon-to-be-ex-husband Chris only looked at the most famous duplex at 740 Park , formerly owned by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Saul Steinberg, as “a lark.” It was a potentially expensive lark, in that case. An intimate of Steinberg’s says the Burches offered “sizably more” money than the ultimate purchaser and current occupant, Steve Schwarzman (who paid $30 million for it in 2000), but were refused because Steinberg’s broker feared … Continue reading

Bohos Bounced As Bankers Ball Downtown

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The blogger Bankers Ball chimes in on my post on downtown vs. midtown: “There are more and more signs that downtown is becoming tres passe, and the hip ones are all moving to greener pastures.”