A Rejection at 820 Fifth, A Sale at Trump Tower

cityfile · 05/27/09 08:06AM

• Real estate prices are plummeting and deep-pocketed buyers are hard to come by, but that hasn't changed things at 820 Fifth, the notoriously picky co-op where 89-year-old socialite Jayne Wrightsman reigns supreme. Jeff Blau, the 41-year-old president of The Related Companies, had been willing to pay a whopping $31 million for developer Ara Hovnanian's fourth-floor apartment. But Blau and his wife Lisa were told to get lost even before they had a chance to interview (and despite an intervention by the mayor). At least they're in good company: Ron Perelman, casino mogul Steve Wynn, and oil heir Fred Koch are all past rejectees. [NYO]
• Stuart Parr—furniture designer, scenester, and boyfriend of socialite Allison Sarofim—has sold his condo at 25 Fifth Avenue for $1.35 million. [Cityfile]
• Poker champion Vadim Trincher has picked up a three-bedroom, 3,073-square-foot condo on the 63rd floor of the Trump Tower for $5 million. [P6]
• Kirsten Dunst's LA home can be yours for $1.7 million. [Real Estalker]

Judi Giuliani's Sweet Apartment Deal

cityfile · 09/26/08 07:15AM

This isn't going to be a fun day for Rudy Giuliani. The Times today has the details on Russell Harding, who served as a senior official in the Giuliani administration before he was convicted on a series of charges, including embezzling $400,000 and possessing child pornography. It turns out that Harding has started up a blog,, and he's made a series of eye-opening allegations on the site, like how Rudy demanded that Judi Giuliani have a full-time NYPD security detail and how Judi was "abusive" toward the officers assigned to protect her. (She also made them carry her purse. Ouch.) But Harding's most salacious allegations detail how Giuliani managed to snag his then-mistress a ridiculously cheap apartment.

Jeff Blau

cityfile · 02/03/08 09:37PM

Blau is president of The Related Companies, one of the largest real estate development companies in New York.