Archive for September, 2007

Crabby Commentary

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Dealbreaker’s comment on my Contribute column on Steve Schwarzman‘s philanthropy (or lack thereof) bears repeating: “Anyone with as much money as Schwarzman has is no doubt besieged by charity racketeers seeking to exploit feelings of charitable obligation to fund their favored causes. To stand up against this horde, to refuse to seek public approval lavished upon the likes of Warren Buffett, to turn a deaf ear on the mockery from media types like Gross, to resist the temptation to attempt to buy a VIP ticket through the pearly gates… well, it strikes me as heroic. But then again, maybe he’s … Continue reading

It Rhymes With Bitch

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The residents of 740 Park make a respectable showing on this year’s new Forbes 400. New neighbor David Koch clocks in at #9, Steve Schwarzman at #40, Ronald Lauder at #108 and Israel Englander at #317. Ex-residents on the list include #28 Ronald O. Perelman, #57 Henry Kravis, Edgar Bronfman Sr. tied with Lauder at #108, and David Rockefeller at #149. Leonard Blavatnick would have been the third richest tenant of 740 (#45) had he not been spurned by the building’s co-op board, which recruited Koch to buy an apartment Blavatnick was eyeing. Don’t cry for him, though. He bought … Continue reading

Hedge Hogs

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In the next issue of Contribute, the philanthropy magazine, my “Scene” column takes a gimlet-eyed view of the generosity of some of today’s hedge fund and private equity kajillionaires. (Caveat Lector: It’s a pdf file.) The column is featured on today’s Page Six under the headline Hoard The Bacon.

The Liesl Deal

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In today’s New York Times ‘Books of Style’ column, critic Liesl Schillinger calls 740 Park “compulsively readable .” So, for that matter, is her column.

Rich and Richer

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Michael Shnayerson writes of the intense rivalry between and “parallel personal lives” of Steve Schwarzman and Henry Kravis, the private equity titans, in “Talk of the Town” in the new issue of Vanity Fair — and 740 Park, where the first used to live and the second still does, gets mentioned enough to qualify as a character in the piece. It’s not online but is well worth a read, and not just for tid-bits like one: When Henry’s first wife (of three) Hedi Kravis opened a decorating business, one of her first clients was Steve Schwarzman.

Starchitecture

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The critic and architect Joseph Giovannini has a terrific commentary on New York’s new condominiums in the just-released fall issue of Bergdorf Goodman Magazine, which dubs the latest trend in apartment design Starchitecture. It’s a pdf file, so give it a moment to load.

Think Print

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Author Gay Talese and New York Observer editor Peter Kaplan ponder the future of print journalism, and discuss the Captain Queeg-like tendencies of a former New York Times editor, the down side of e-mail, and the great need for a great book on the coming presidential election campaign in the BG Conversation in the fall 2007 issue of Bergdorf Goodman Magazine, now available at Bergdorf Goodman (and in your mailbox if you’re a customer).

Weill-y Coyote

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Deal Book at the Times had a real-estate scoop last night. Sandy Weill, it reports, has bought an apartment at 15 Central Park West. This roadrunner reported the same thing back in July, as noted on the blog Real Deal, but never mind. Andrew Ross Sorkin adds a tasty tid-bit: Weill paid $42.4 million for his new penthouse.