House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World’s Most Powerful Address.pdf
"House of Outrageous Fortune 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. It's a dishy--but not trashy--page-turner." (Barbara Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran Group and star of ABC's Shark Tank)
"Michael Gross has done it again! In intricate and revelatory detail, he shows how Fifteen Central Park West became the most famous and talked-about building in Manhattan: It's the people who live there, of course, and Gross gives us a front-row seat on their passions, their antics and why they want the very best money can buy." (William D. Cohan, author of Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World)
"Both an incisive social commentary on our modern Gilded Age and an irresistible peek behind the walls of 15 Central Park West, otherwise known as "Limestone Jesus." With characteristic audacity and wit, Michael Gross has deftly chronicled the immense egos (and bank accounts) of the nouveau riche who reside at Manhattan's most coveted address." (Karen Abbott, author of Sin in the Second City and American Rose)
"Want to understand what Occupy Wall Street was about? In House of Outrageous Fortune, Michael Gross explains it--and then some. With a rollicking, informative history of New York City, tales of mega real estate fortunes made and lost, and dizzying examples of the super-wealthy's greed and ostentation, Gross deftly traces the arc of America both socially and financially and proves that the top two percent most certainly do not live like you or I." (Dana Thomas author of Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster)
"Michael Gross captures the phenomenon that is 15 Central Park West, where creative talent, towering ambition and unimaginable wealth instill a magical aura of glamour and romance not seen in a Gotham apartment house since the Gatsby era." (Peter Pennoyer, Architect, author and chairman of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art)
Michael Gross is the author of Unreal Estate, Rogues’ Gallery, 740 Park, and Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women. A contributing editor of Travel + Leisure, he created the blog Gripepad and has written for Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, New York, The New York Times, The Daily Beast/Newsweek, Huffington Post, and other publications.
America’s foremost chronicler of the .01 % and bestselling author of 740 Park reveals the social drama and absorbing business saga of Manhattan’s record-setting address.
Michael Gross’s 740 Park 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 exposé, Gross takes us inside the nouveau-riche world of the southwest rim of Central Park—ground zero for the rise of today’s cash crop of world figures, including Denzel Washington, Alex Rodriquez, NASCAR’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 right now.
Granted unprecedented access to the Zeckendorfs, New York’s premier real estate dynasty, Gross offers a penetrating look at their billion-dollar development and into the mindset of its residents, today’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 itself—a towering Olympus for plutocrats whose power and excess stand as emblems of our age of extreme inequality.
Mixing glorious achievement, dubious power plays, and sordid decadence in a crackling good narrative, House of Outrageous Fortune is a jaw-dropping tour of a world most can barely imagine.
“House of Outrageous Fortune 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. It’s a dishy—but not trashy—page-turner” (Barbara Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran Group and star of ABC’s “Shark Tank”).