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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (173 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Gaines Narrator: Steven Gaines Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 ISBN:
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Steven Gaines takes us from New York's most expensive condominiums and co-ops to the offices of its most powerful real estate brokers to reveal the outlandish displays of ego, bad behavior, and status hunger that come into play when the best addresses in the city are on the line.

With his signature elan, Gaines weaves a gossipy tapestry of brokers, buyers, co-op boards, and eccentric landlords and tells of the apartment hunting and renovating adventures of many celebrities: From Tommy Hilfiger to Donna Karan, from Jerry Seinfeld to Steven Spielberg, from Barbra Streisand to Madonna.

Gaines uncovers the secretive, unwritten rules of co-op boards: Why diplomats and pretty divorcees are frowned upon; what not to wear to a board interview; and which of the biggest celebrities and CEOs have been turned away from the elite buildings of Fifth and Park Avenues. He introduces the carriage-trade brokers who never have to advertise for clients and gives us finely etched portraits of a few of the discreet, elderly society ladies who decide who gets into the so-called Good Buildings.

Here, too, is a fascinating chronicle of the changes in Manhattan's residential skyline, from the slums of the nineteenth century to the advent of the luxury building. Gaines describes how living in boxes stacked on boxes came to be seen as the ultimate in status, and how the co-operative apartment, originally conceived as a form of housing for the poor, came to be used as a legal means of blackballing undesirable neighbors.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/15/2014

    " This was interesting because it talked about the politics and reputations of various buildings. There was enough history to keep me really interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloria | 1/7/2014

    " A world I will never belong to...and that is rather comforting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/26/2013

    " Sort of gossipy and name-dropping, but a little fascinating glimpse into a world I will never see. It also makes me think stereotypes of the uber-rich are accurate; didn't like them at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 brian tanabe | 12/8/2013

    " A surprisingly interesting look at Manhattan history and real estate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lsheehan11 | 11/4/2013

    " interesting read, all about the condo co-op drama in NY "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole | 8/24/2012

    " Very interesting history of the Upper East and West sides of Manhattan.. lots of name dropping, but a well written book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zuzanna | 2/23/2012

    " This book is a gossipy and exciting chronicle about NYC's ridiculously rich and their real estate. It is a perfect mix of city history and tabloid fun. If you like to stare into other people's windows like I do this book is a special treat! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth A | 11/12/2011

    " Amazing what happens in real estate on the "right" streets of the Upper East Side. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 9/16/2011

    " I think I would have liked this more if I were from New York City, so I would know about the buildings the author was writing about. There was a lot about very specific addresses, which didn't terribly interest me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kelly | 7/14/2011

    " real estate romance novel "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Storey | 10/29/2009

    " who am i kidding, i'm never going to finish this one. the first chapter was great and then it lost steam. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/25/2008

    " A very gossipy quick read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 9/18/2007

    " Being in Real Estate and loving NYC I had to read it. For those who always look up while driving around NYC to see all the blue chip penthouses and the famous people who live in them. It also had a bit of the history of Manhattan from the beginning and how and why it developed the way it did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anita | 4/26/2007

    " a fun read about the process of getting into manhattan's "good buildings", with profiles of engaging real estate agents and old money "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 8/21/2006

    " A great rag with vital tips on how Manhattan society works. Whether you're looking to buy property or not, it's a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 10/16/2005

    " If you're into Manhattan Real Estate a must-read! "

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