Archive for April, 2014

Hampton Sheet on #HOOF

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“Michael Gross spares no details as he dishes the dirt in this realestate tell-all…a vivid portrait of a New York divided between old money and new, skillfully and intellectually chronicling a secret history of America’s greatest city—required reading for all New Yorkers.” –Victoria Kelsey, Hampton Sheet

The Other Side of Paradise

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The new issue of Departures includes my story on the eastern Riviera, a relatively undiscovered stretch of beach and hill towns with all the pleasures of St.-Tropez, but far fewer negatives. The body of the story is still locked–I’ll post a link here once it can be read–but a sidebar on some of the pleasures of Monaco, the principality that is the hub of that stretch of the Cote d’Azur is unlocked here. The photo looks towards Monte Carlo from Le Cabanon, a lovely restaurant in Cap d’Ail, at the end of our last dinner there.

House ad in The Week

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This ad for House of Outrageous Fortune appears in the latest issue of The Week magazine. Click the pic to see it full size.

Someone can talk for a horse, of course

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Nice to see that all of New York’s newspapers have finally joined the crusade to save New York’s venerable Central Park carriage horses. Though some only started paying attention once public opinion swung against newish Mayor Bill DeBlasio, one, the New York Post, has been on the side of the horses and those who love them all along. As Linda Stasi noted in yesterday’s Daily News, I started beating the pro-carriage horse drum here back in 2009, with my post, “It’s Parkingtown, Jake,” which revealed that a founder of the group agitating against the horses had broadly hinted that its … Continue reading

House of Outrageous Fortune Celebrated at 15CPW

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Last week, Ranan and Tamar Lurie threw open the doors of their tower apartment at Fifteen Central Park West to celebrate the appearance of House of Outrageous Fortune on the New York Times Bestseller List. The party was co-hosted by Wendy J. Sarasohn and Avenue Magazine. Click the thumbnails to see the headless horsemen of the house of outrageous fortune in all their glory. The photos are by Rose Hartman.

Back East

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Gripepad has been understandably obsessed with the West Side (and one building there in particular) of late. But life goes on and this month’s Avenue magazine features the latest Unreal Estate column on a carriage house built for the founder of Remington Typewriter. Listed when the column was written, it is already in contract, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look.

Dan Loeb hedges his bet

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Noted without comment: Hedgie superstar Dan Loeb‘s email campaign (with fellow financier Barry Rosenstein) to banish a planned House of Outrageous Fortune book party from the building that’s the book’s subject, Fifteen Central Park West, failed on Monday. He backs off in Richard Johnson’s column in tomorrow’s New York Post, claiming through a spokesperson that he had nothing to do with the emails that bore his name, and wondering why he wasn’t invited to the party. Here’s why.

“Filled with inside stuff,” says David Patrick Columbia of New York Social Diary

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Writing in today’s New York Social Diary, David Patrick Columbia says House of Outrageous Fortune is “filled with inside stuff on the people and their houses and their spouses and their louses. Michael is highly skilled at delivering what is called gossip by some, but most frequently fact (and eventually history) known by others-in-the-know. His delivery is literary but tabloidal enough to keep you turning the pages for more.”

#HOOF has “the best dirt,” says New York Magazine

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My favorite alma mater, New York Magazine, highlights some of the juicier tid-bits from House of Outrageous Fortune in this story by S. Jhoanna Robeldo. Meantime, the New York Post reports that investors in Sotheby’s are giving 15CPW’s chief resident party-pooper Daniel Loeb bad reviews.

Another rave review from the New York Times

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“Michael Gross, America’s answer to Robin Leach, takes another gossip-laden bite out of the upper crust in his dishy ‘House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World’s Most Powerful Address’,” writes Sam Roberts in Sunday’s New York Times. “What’s remarkable is the degree of access Mr. Gross was granted or finagled, a reflection that ego has no bounds.”

“Required reading.” –The Hampton Sheet

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“Michael Gross spares no details as he dishes the dirt in this real estate tell-all,” write Vicky Kelsey in the new issue of Hampton Sheet. “But 15CPW isn’t home to celebrities alone: The vast roster of inhabitants spans the entire globe, from Russian oligarchs and property magnates to top executives from Google, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs. Regardless of their profession, they all have one thing in common—insane amounts of money—and Gross gives us an inside peek at just what those mountains of moolah can buy….Gross gives us a vivid portrait of a New York divided between old money and new, … Continue reading

Airport guy seeks to fly from 15CPW with $4.6 million profit

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One frustration in writing House of Outrageous Fortune was that it had too many wealthy apartment owners, and to make a readable book, I couldn’t name them all. Here’s an opportunity to name-check two of the missing. In what appears to be the first attempt to sell a Fifteen Central Park West apartment for the fourth time, Fernando Chico Pardo, Chairman of the Board of Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, which operates airports in Southeast Mexico, has listed apartment 9G in the rear of 15′s tower for $17 million. He bought it for $12.4 million early in 2011, and subsequently rented … Continue reading

The rich get richer…again

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Citigroup founder and spiritual father of the Great Recession Sandy Weill has gone into contract to sell his servant’s apartment at 15 Central Park West for more than three times what he paid for it, writes Richard Johnson in tomorrow’s New York Post. He bought for less than a million–a substantial discount off the official asking price–and sold for about $3 million, Johnson reports.

La Repubblica likes House of Outrageous Fortune–but not what it represents

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Writing in Monday’s La Repubblica in Italy, about a book he jokingly retitled House of Exaggerated Fortunes, Angelo Aquaro wrote, “No, 15CPW is not the name of a robot from Star Wars, but when will we at last go to war against the stellar injustices of this land, when will we manage to defy–Ah, Hamlet!–’The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’?”