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Skyscraper Dreams: The Great Real Estate Dynasties of New York

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Fascinating history, showing how the city has been molded by the edifice complexes of risk-takers. The stuff of grand comedy. Business Week Editorial Reviews Shachtman, coauthor of The Gilded Leaf , contends that skyscraper mania--the compulsion to alter and claim part of the New York City skyline and increasingly costly square feet of property--animates successors to the ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Backinprint.com (first published August 1st 1991)
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William Krasne
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
As the name infers, this is a history of the most prominent real estate families in New York City. Names like Rudin, Fisher, LeFrak, Durst, and Uris are mentioned and their origin stories are told. Some families continue to dominate NYC real estate, while others are no longer heard from and it is interesting to see what caused the fortunes of these various families to diverge. The book is a bit dry though which is the only reason I don't give it a higher review.
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