Made for Manhattan

Even at the age of ten, I already liked New York much more than I did Los Angeles and San Francisco.



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  1. Enrique Bustos said,

    May 26, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Just like you many affluent Filipinos love Manhattan they own and maintain a home for vacation or to live there Amading Araneta has a big unit in Park Ave but i heard it is being rented out and his daughter Judy Roxas now stays in the 70’s th street area Baby Fores pied a terre i heard was sold already Potenciano Ilusorio children stays in 5th Ave area Lin Ilusorio Bildner stays in 880 5th Ave and Ramon Ilusorio has a unit in Pierre Hotel over at 465 Park Ave Minnie Osmena and arch rival Dewi Sukarno are both neighbor in the same building the Ritz Tower At the historic 480 Park Avenue building once mentioned in a novel by Truman Capote, where the late iconic lady Chito Madrigal Collantes,and Marla Yotoko Chorengel both own a unit at the Mayfair Tower their celebrity neighbors are Neil Sedaka and Kim Cattral who portrayed sex-craved Samantha in Sex and the City Anita Magsaysay Ho and Emma Yulo who is married to a Thai Royalty stays in 117 East 57th St Galleria Condominium living near their area are Josie Natori and Armida Siguion Reyna. living at the Trump Tower is the late Rocio Zobel and in the Westside facing central Park lives Lily Gamboa O’boyle and Leila Benitez Mccullom both stay in Beresford Building near the Museum of Natural History I also heard Antonio Roxas has a beautiful Condo unit decorated by popular interior decorator Mario Buatta who did the Blair House the Official Guest house of the White House those who already sold their homes are Nene Quimson her unit was filled with Louis XIV or La Chinoiserie decorations one of the most Spectacular home was owned by Filipina Loida Nicolas Lewis the widow of Reginald F. Lewis, the billionaire chief executive of Beatrice Foods it is in 834 5th Ave The 15-room apartment boasts a 640-square-foot living room and master bedroom, both overlooking Central Park was sold for $35 million in 2007 and that the apartment had previously been owned by “the widow of Harry Payne Bingham, the sportsman and philanthropist, members of the Dodge automotive family, and John Z. DeLorean, the automobile executive 834 Fifth Avenue has historically been home to a large number of founders and heirs of major American family fortunes. The fortunes include those associated with Standard Oil, Johnson & Johnson, Woolworth Stores, the Hearst Corporation, Ford Motor Co. and the Chase Manhattan Bank. The building has long been associated with the Rockefeller family and its various business and charitable interests.In addition, 834 Fifth Avenue has welcomed a higher percentage of entrepreneurs and self-made businessmen than its peer buildings. Firms founded by tenants of 834 Fifth include Charles Schwab, TLC Beatrice, the Limited and Fox. This helped establish its reputation as a haven for the high-achieving elite within New York society.When Charlie Chaplin was in New York City during his contract negotiations with Mutual Film, and found out that his first love, Hetty Kelly, was staying with her sister, Mrs. Frank Jay Gould, at 834 Fifth Avenue, he stalked the place
    Past and current residents include:

    * Laurance Rockefeller (who owned the building before it became a cooperative, and resided in the penthouse triplex for nearly fifty years)
    * Rupert Murdoch (founder of the Fox Network)
    * Loida Nicolas-Lewis (business woman, philanthropist, widow of Reginald Lewis)
    * Leslie Wexner (founder, The Limited)
    * John Gutfreund (former chairman of Salomon Brothers) and wife Susan
    * Damon Mezzacappa (financier, former vice chairman of Lazard Freres)
    * Elizabeth Arden (founder of the eponymous cosmetics company)
    * Harold Prince (the Broadway producer)
    * Carroll Petrie (a philanthropist, widow of the founder of Petrie Stores)
    * Alfred Taubman (shopping mall developer, former chairman of Sothebys)
    * John DeLorean (former automotive magnate)
    * Joan Whitney Payson (an heiress, and philanthropist)
    * Robert (Woody) Johnson IV (one of the heirs of the Johnson & Johnson fortune, owner of the New York Jets)
    * Simon Hodges (One of the heirs to Donald Bren’s fortune and philanthropist)
    * Charles R. Schwab (founder and CEO of the Charles Schwab Corporation)
    * Frank Jay Gould

    The co-op gained recent international fame when Rupert Murdoch paid $44 million for the apartment formerly owned by Laurance Rockefeller. At the time, this was the largest amount paid in New York City history for a cooperative apartment, and was a significant premium to the price paid for another famous apartment, the Rockefeller penthouse at 740 Park Avenue. That apartment sold for approximately $30 million The 834 Fifth Rockefeller apartment contained twenty rooms spread over 8,000 sq ft (740 m2). of interior space and 4,000 sq ft (370 m2) of terraces.

    Apartments in the building rarely come to market, and typically command prices well over $3000 per square foot or $20 to $30 million.

    Charles Schwab apparently spent approximately $35 mm for a ninth floor unit in the building, paying $11 mm over the initial asking price

    Peer buildings in New York City with similar social prestige and architectural quality include 820 Fifth Avenue, 927 Fifth Avenue, 960 Fifth Avenue, 998 Fifth Avenue, 720 Park Avenue, 740 Park Avenue and One Sutton Place South. Other very prestigious apartment houses include 1040 Fifth Avenue, 730 Park Avenue, 770 Park Avenue, 778 Park Avenue, River House, the Dakota, the San Remo and the Beresford.

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