Dining with Mahmoud

cityfile · 10/28/08 07:13AM

Not everyone shuns Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he visits New York. Real estate mogul Joe Moinian and his socialite wife Nazee make it a point to meet with him to discuss politics! "When Mr. Amadinejad, the President of Iran was in town last year for UN Week, and again this year, Nazee was able to wangle an invitation to dine with him." says David Patrick Columbia. Hopefully Nazee also uses it as an opportunity to gift him some of those scent sprays and candles she sells at her Melonie de France on the UES. We're guessing he could use it. [NYSD]

Joe Moinian Slapped With Suit

cityfile · 09/17/08 09:26AM

Clever little diversion, Joe Moinian! The same day the real estate mogul's son and heir apparent was treated to a splashy story in the Observer, his real estate company was hit with a lawsuit over its latest development, 95 Wall Street. It seems the name that Moinian picked for the glitzy financial district building, Dwell95, isn't sitting well with the home design magazine that goes by the same name. Yesterday afternoon California-based Dwell filed suit against Moinian in US District Court, alleging that Moinian's development—which was designed by Philippe Starck and officially launched on Monday—violates a trademark held by the magazine since 1999. The mag argues that not only did Moinian rip off the name, his company also "depicted this trademark using a font and style that are nearly indistinguishable from the font and style used by Dwell." Today's suit wasn't a surprise for the Iranian-born tycoon. According to the legal papers, Dwell contacted Moinian to try and settle the matter back in March, and later engaged in "face-to-face" settlement talks with Moinian's company but never reached an agreement. And while the suit doesn't specify a dollar amount that Dwell is seeking, it's worth noting that they're asking for "three times Defendants' profits from its use of the Dwell trademark," which could add up in a hurry when you're marketing $2,700-a-month studios! The full lawsuit below.

Matthew Moinian Makes His Media Debut

cityfile · 09/17/08 07:01AM

Meet Matthew Moinian, the son of real estate mogul Joe Moinian. He's 23, obscenely rich, and clearly not afraid to admit it: "On Sept. 11, Matthew Moinian pulled up outside his sales office on West Street, hopped out of his chauffered Mercedes and was promptly accosted by police. The sidewalk was off-limits, he was blunty informed, to keep the path clear for presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama, who were in town to mark the seventh anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the nearby World Trade Center. Little did the cops realize, however, they had another powerful VIP on their hands. 'Hey,' said the fresh-faced, dapper-dressed Mr. Moinian, pointing to his family firm's new hotel nearby, "I own that building." Say hello to the competition, Donald Trump Jr. [NYO]

The Moinian Money Pit

cityfile · 08/12/08 02:04PM

If you're wondering what that huge construction crew is doing on East 67th Street, New York magazine has the answer: it seems developer Joe Moinian is creating a 1,500-foot-deep "geothermal well" to heat and cool his triplex at 655 Park Avenue. The cost? $150,000. Needless to say, his neighbors aren't exactly thrilled by the round-the-clock noise. [NYM]

The Man Steve, Steve and Steve Turn To

cityfile · 08/06/08 07:58AM

The Observer sits down with attorney Jonathan Mechanic, widely considered to be one of the city's best-connected real estate attorneys. His clients? How about Jerry Speyer, Steve Roth, Stephen Green, Mike Bloomberg, Bruce Ratner, Doug Durst, Mort Zuckerman, Harry Macklowe, Miki Naftali, William Zeckendorf, Gary Barnett, Bill Rudin, Donald Trump, Kent Swig, Joe Moinian, and Larry Silverstein. We're exhausted just reading that list. [NYO]