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House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World's Most Powerful Address

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andlt;B andgt;In real estateand#8211;obsessed New York, no new building has captured the cityand#8217;s imaginationand#8212;or as many of its richest residentsand#8212;as Fifteen Central Park West.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;In andlt;I andgt;House of Outrageous Fortuneandlt;/Iandgt;, Americaand#8217;s foremost chronicler of the upper crust, journalist and bestselling author Michael Gross, turns his gimlet eye on the new-money wonderland thatand#8217;s sprung up on the southwest rim of Central Park. Mixing an absorbing business epic with hilarious social comedy, Gross creates a dishy exposand#233; of todayand#8217;s wealthiest and most famous. This colorful story recounts the recordsetting buildingand#8217;s inspired genesis, costly construction, and the flashy international lifestyle it has brought to a once benighted and socially dand#233;classand#233; Manhattan neighborhood.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;With two concierge-staffed lobbies, a walnut-lined library, a lavish screening room, a private sixty-seat restaurant offering residents room service, a health club complete with a seventy-foot swimming pool, and penthouses that cost almost $100 million, Fifteen is the most outrageously successful, insanely expensive, titanically tycoon-stuffed real estate development of the twenty-first century. And any building thatand#8217;s home to such unimaginable wealth and heavyweight egosand#8212;its cast of characters includes Denzel Washington, Sting, Alex Rodriguez, Norman Lear, NASCARand#8217;s Jeff Gordon, hedge fund heads Daniel Loeb and Daniel Och, Russian and Chinese oligarchs, and top executives of Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, AIG, Disney, Google, and Yahoo!, among many moreand#8212;will be chock-full of jaw-dropping excess.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Gross won unprecedented access to the people behind this instantly legendary building, including the scions of the fabled Zeckendorf real estate dynasty; their financial backers, Goldman Sachs and Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer; and their and#8220;starchitect,and#8221; Robert A. M. Stern. Then he drilled past its limestone faand#231;ade to ferret out the stories Fifteenand#8217;s fathers and its residents donand#8217;t want told. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;More than just an apartment building, 15CPW represents a massive paradigm shift in the lifestyle of New Yorkand#8217;s rich and famousand#8212;and is a bellwether of the cityand#8217;s changing social and financial landscape. With its dazzling detail, andlt;I andgt;House of Outrageous Fortuneandlt;/Iandgt; is a sweeping history of those changes, and it pulls open wide the gilded walls of Fifteen to reveal the private lives of that .01 percent.

Review:

"The story of New York City wealth is well told through accounts of its most prestigious addresses. As in his last book, 740 Park, Gross takes a building, Fifteen Central Park West, and uses it to describe the face-off between exclusive co-ops and democratic condos, and between the old families of the Upper East Side and upstarts moving into the Upper West Side. The book is at its best when describing how architect Robert Arthur Morton Stern exercised every creative instinct to maximize profit and stay within New York's complex zoning requirements, but most of the text is a complex rundown of the buyers: who they are, where their money comes from, and why they bought. Many of the buyers were captains of the financial world, including: Daniel Seth Loeb, a loud and offensive hedge fund manager; Erin Callan, Lehman Brother's former CFO; and Lloyd Blankfein, of Goldman Sachs fame. Gross's depiction of these captains of finance is full of both contempt and admiration. The words 'million' (real estate prices) and 'billion' (net worth) occur so often as to create a feeling of overindulgence. As the selling of 15CPW condos parallels the financial crisis, Gross plays with the irony that the value of residences in the building was completely immune to the popping of the real estate bubble. 16-page 4 color insert. Agent: Daniel A. Strone, Trident Media Group." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Americaand#8217;s foremost chronicler of the .01 % and bestselling author of andlt;I andgt;740 Parkandlt;/Iandgt; reveals the social drama and absorbing business saga of Manhattanand#8217;s record-setting address.andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;Michael Grossand#8217;s andlt;Iandgt;740 Parkandlt;/Iandgt; captured the private world of old-money New York. Now, picking up the mantle of the late Dominick Dunne in an engrossing synthesis of business epic, social comedy, and gimlet-eyed exposand#233;, Gross takes us inside the nouveau-riche world of the southwest rim of Central Parkand#8212;ground zero for the rise of todayand#8217;s cash crop of world figures, including Denzel Washington, Alex Rodriquez, NASCARand#8217;s Jeff Gordon, and Sting, hedge fund runners, Russian oligarchs, and the heads of Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Lehman Brothers, Google, and Yahoo!, who live larger than anyone in history. They are the men and women who are redefining what it means to be rich andlt;Iandgt;right nowandlt;/Iandgt;.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Granted unprecedented access to the Zeckendorfs, New Yorkand#8217;s premier real estate dynasty, Gross offers a penetrating look at their billion-dollar development and into the mindset of its residents, todayand#8217;s upper-crust. With its two concierge-staffed lobbies, walnut-lined library, screening room, sixty-seat dining room with a private chef offering room service, and subterranean health club, Fifteen Central Park West emerges as a character in itselfand#8212;a towering Olympus for plutocrats whose power and excess stand as emblems of our age of extreme inequality.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Mixing glorious achievement, dubious power plays, and sordid decadence in a crackling good narrative, andlt;Iandgt;House of Outrageous Fortuneandlt;/Iandgt; is a jaw-dropping tour of a world most can barely imagine.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;andlt;Iandgt;House of Outrageous Fortuneandlt;/Iandgt; pulls back the limestone curtain of 15 Central Park West to reveal seismic shifts in New York society and the astonishing lifestyle-without-limits of the new global elite. Itand#8217;s a dishyand#8212;but not trashyand#8212;page-turnerand#8221; (Barbara Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran Group and star of ABCand#8217;s and#8220;Shark Tankand#8221;).

About the Author

Michael Gross is the author of andlt;i andgt;Unreal Estate, Roguesand#8217; Galleryandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;740 Parkandlt;/iandgt;, andandlt;i andgt; Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Womenandlt;/iandgt;. A contributing editor of andlt;i andgt;Travel + Leisureandlt;/iandgt;, he created the blog andlt;i andgt;Gripepad andlt;/iandgt;and has written for andlt;i andgt;Vanity Fairandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;Esquireandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;GQandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;New Yorkandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;The New York Times, Theandlt;/iandgt; andlt;i andgt;Daily Beast/Newsweekandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;Huffington Post,andlt;/iandgt; and other publications.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451666199
Author:
Gross, Michael
Publisher:
Atria Books
Subject:
Rich & Famous
Subject:
Biography-Rich and Famous
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-pg 4/C insert
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
228.6 x 152.4 mm

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The story of New York City wealth is well told through accounts of its most prestigious addresses. As in his last book, 740 Park, Gross takes a building, Fifteen Central Park West, and uses it to describe the face-off between exclusive co-ops and democratic condos, and between the old families of the Upper East Side and upstarts moving into the Upper West Side. The book is at its best when describing how architect Robert Arthur Morton Stern exercised every creative instinct to maximize profit and stay within New York's complex zoning requirements, but most of the text is a complex rundown of the buyers: who they are, where their money comes from, and why they bought. Many of the buyers were captains of the financial world, including: Daniel Seth Loeb, a loud and offensive hedge fund manager; Erin Callan, Lehman Brother's former CFO; and Lloyd Blankfein, of Goldman Sachs fame. Gross's depiction of these captains of finance is full of both contempt and admiration. The words 'million' (real estate prices) and 'billion' (net worth) occur so often as to create a feeling of overindulgence. As the selling of 15CPW condos parallels the financial crisis, Gross plays with the irony that the value of residences in the building was completely immune to the popping of the real estate bubble. 16-page 4 color insert. Agent: Daniel A. Strone, Trident Media Group." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Americaand#8217;s foremost chronicler of the .01 % and bestselling author of andlt;I andgt;740 Parkandlt;/Iandgt; reveals the social drama and absorbing business saga of Manhattanand#8217;s record-setting address.andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;Michael Grossand#8217;s andlt;Iandgt;740 Parkandlt;/Iandgt; captured the private world of old-money New York. Now, picking up the mantle of the late Dominick Dunne in an engrossing synthesis of business epic, social comedy, and gimlet-eyed exposand#233;, Gross takes us inside the nouveau-riche world of the southwest rim of Central Parkand#8212;ground zero for the rise of todayand#8217;s cash crop of world figures, including Denzel Washington, Alex Rodriquez, NASCARand#8217;s Jeff Gordon, and Sting, hedge fund runners, Russian oligarchs, and the heads of Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Lehman Brothers, Google, and Yahoo!, who live larger than anyone in history. They are the men and women who are redefining what it means to be rich andlt;Iandgt;right nowandlt;/Iandgt;.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Granted unprecedented access to the Zeckendorfs, New Yorkand#8217;s premier real estate dynasty, Gross offers a penetrating look at their billion-dollar development and into the mindset of its residents, todayand#8217;s upper-crust. With its two concierge-staffed lobbies, walnut-lined library, screening room, sixty-seat dining room with a private chef offering room service, and subterranean health club, Fifteen Central Park West emerges as a character in itselfand#8212;a towering Olympus for plutocrats whose power and excess stand as emblems of our age of extreme inequality.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Mixing glorious achievement, dubious power plays, and sordid decadence in a crackling good narrative, andlt;Iandgt;House of Outrageous Fortuneandlt;/Iandgt; is a jaw-dropping tour of a world most can barely imagine.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;andlt;Iandgt;House of Outrageous Fortuneandlt;/Iandgt; pulls back the limestone curtain of 15 Central Park West to reveal seismic shifts in New York society and the astonishing lifestyle-without-limits of the new global elite. Itand#8217;s a dishyand#8212;but not trashyand#8212;page-turnerand#8221; (Barbara Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran Group and star of ABCand#8217;s and#8220;Shark Tankand#8221;).
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