Archive for April, 2012

Unreality TV

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My latest column for Crain’s New York business is about the relative reality of reality tv.

When Scoops Collide

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My scoop late last week on the sale of Courtney Sale Ross‘s double duplex at 740 Park Avenue has since been picked up and linked by The New York Observer, curbed, and Business Insider, all of whom were kind enough to credit Gripepad. It was also picked up five days late and a credit short by The Wall Street Journal today. The Journal set the sale price at $52 million, slightly below ask. Eventually, city records will show who got that right. As far as credit goes, as the merchant John Wanamaker once said, ‚ÄúCourtesy is the one coin you … Continue reading

740 Park: Back in Business Big Time ($60 Million Worth)

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Could it be the halo effect of Sandy and Joan Weill‘s unloading their 15 Central Park West penthouse for $88 million? The proverbial little bird chirps that Courtney Sale Ross has finally found a buyer for her double duplex apartment at 740 Park–and got her asking price of $60 million via Kathy Sloane at Brown Harris Stevens, whose listing for it is here. Officially listed last November, though it was available as a semi-secret pocket listing long before that, the apartment is on the 12th and 13th floors of the fabled co-op. Ross and her late husband, Warner Communications mogul … Continue reading

From Watergate to…Muppetgate?

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The selling of Greg Smith, formerly of Goldman Sachs, is the subject of my Crain’s New York Business column this week. Is he the next Michael Lewis…or the next Jayson Blair?