The “new wealthy” — titans of finance, technology, information and entertainment — wanted mansions in the sky. Co-op residents of Park and Fifth avenues turned their noses up at them. So Arthur and Bill Zeckendorf built 15 Central Park West.

“They pulled the market to Central Park West.They made it feel like Fifth Avenue,” Corcoran Group CEO Pamela Liebman tells Michael Gross, author of “House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World’s Most Powerful Address.”

Hyperbole? Residents have included former Citigroup executive Sandy Weill, Goldman Sachs’ Lloyd Blankfein, and celebrities like Denzel Washington, Sting and Bob Costas.

“It’s a building … good to those who live there and to those who leave, with some making three times what they paid,” Roberta Bernstein says in describing Gross’ “riveting” book. “One apartment, bought for $21.5 million, was sold for an astonishing $80 million.” Source:

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