Staffers were asked to refrain from addressing him by name in the lobby.
In House of Outrageous Fortune, America’s foremost chronicler of the upper crust, journalist and bestselling author Michael Gross, turns his gimlet eye on the new-money wonderland that’s sprung up on the southwest rim of Central Park.
Mixing an absorbing business epic with hilarious social comedy, Gross creates a dishy exposé of today’s wealthiest and most famous.
This colorful story recounts the recordsetting building’s inspired genesis, costly construction, and the flashy international lifestyle it has brought to a once benighted and socially déclassé Manhattan neighborhood.
And New York Magazine has the best dirt from 15 Central Park West.
Here's a couple of tit-bits:
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein allegedly received hate mail during the financial crisis, and building staffers were asked to refrain from addressing him by name in the lobby. But he's well liked at 15 CPW and is described as 'humble, sweet, always says hello'. Another resident calls him a 'sweetheart'.
Sandy Weill, formerly of Citigroup, on the other hand, who sold his penthouse there for $88 million, is remembered by one (anonymous) staffer as being 'very demanding … An automatic call is made to the manager if a letter or a magazine doesn't arrive when it's supposed to'. Some recall him as being generous, too, though, especially in his first year at the condo, when he's estimated by one to have doled out $90,000 in tips.
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