Archive for October, 2012

Way to go, Extell

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Around the corner from my apartment is One57, the new Billionaire’s Club, which is right now showing the world that all the money in the world can’t keep trouble from your doorstep. Developer Gary Barnett isn’t making any friends in my neighborhood right now. When I wrote this , I sure had no clue what Towering Infernal might one day come to mean.

Watch Alex Gibney’s “Park Avenue” now on Hulu

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Alex Gibney‘s Park Avenue documentary inspired by my book 740 Park is now streaming for free on Hulu. Please like its Facebook page, too.

Genuine Authentic: A Look Back at Ralph Lauren

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Bloomberg Game Changers featured Ralph Lauren in a half hour documentary last night–and you can watch it below. Then, if you want the warts-and-all story behind the success story the show highlights, seek out a copy of Genuine Authentic: The Real Life of Ralph Lauren. You can buy a copy here.

Introducing ‘On the Flip Side’

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Alexa Luxe Living, a new New York Post quarterly on luxury real estate, was introduced today. And with it, my new On the Flip Side column, a recurring profile on real estate obsessives. My first subject: Michael Hirtenstein, the man who made Extell’s Gary Barnett foam at the mouth. Click here and turn to page 12 to read it.

In the matter of Greg Smith and Goldman Sachs

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Speaking of Greg Smith and his $1,5000,000 soon-to-be-remaindered-in-place book on Goldman Sachs, I don’t like being an I told you so, but I told you so in The Times’ “Muppet” Show back in April. I’m glad to see that James B. Stewart agrees.

NY Post toasts Alex Gibney’s “Park Avenue” documentary

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“Gross delights in telling inside stories about the gaudy world of master-of-the-universe apartments,” Max Gross (no relation) writes in an article in today’s New York Post on Alex Gibney’s “Park Avenue” documentary, based on 740 Park. The Post also sneaks the name of the worst tipper at 740 Park, which is revealed in Gibney’s film. UPDATE: Business Insider give Gibney’s trailer some linkage love.

At the Acne

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The 14th issue of Acne Paper, a lavish, oversized custom publication, is a tribute to New York City and features an interview with me by Freddie Campion about luxury real estate, focused on 740 Park and my upcoming book on Fifteen Central Park West. If you don’t mind loading a PDF file, you can find it here.

(740) Park Avenue by Alex Gibney: The Trailer

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Watch Is the American Dream Out of Reach? on PBS. See more from Independent Lens.

Through the looking glass

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How do you make a documentary for a series called Why Poverty? based on a book about a plutocrat palace? That’s what Kim Velsey asks in this New York Observer post on the soon-to-be-released movie, Park Avenue. When the Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney called to see if he could buy the rights to 740 Park and base his film on it, he summed up the answer to Velsey’s question thusly: We’re both more interested in the perps than the vics.

Oscar Winner Alex Gibney Films 740 Park

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The Hollywood Reporter just revealed a secret I’ve been keeping since last year. Alex Gibney, the acclaimed documentarian, has acquired and made a film version of 740 Park. It’s called Park Avenue: Money, Power and The American Dream and it will air on PBS on November 12th as part of the international Why Poverty? documentary series, and will also be available on Hulu, iTunes and Netflix for digital download later this month. I’ll post links once I have them. Thanks to the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer who played matchmaker for Gibney and me. UPDATE: Curbed comments on the Gibney/Gross collaboration, … Continue reading

Streisand at 740 Park: A correction

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Tomorrow’s New York Times notes the posting in city records of the recent $19.5 million sale of the late Randolph and June Speight’s apartment at 740 Park to a Goldman Sachs partner, and pulls a bunch of juicy details from the pages of 740 Park, the book, to buttress its item. Those tid-bits are uncredited, and at this point, who cares? But one error begs for correction. Big Ticket columnist Robin Finn pulled a bunch of names from the book for her list of those “turned down” by 740′s co-op board (long run by Speight), but incorrectly includes the singer … Continue reading

Labor of love on East 64th Street

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The hidden history of real estate broker Kenneth Laub‘s townhouse on one of Manhattan’s most breathtaking blocks, now on the market for $27.75 million, is the subject of my latest Unreal Estate column in Avenue Magazine