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Back in the “Bronx is Burning” 1970s, few could have imagined what New York would eventually become — a city with a Starbucks on every corner, super-tall luxury towers and an area literally known as Billionaires’ Row.

Gentrification has been especially turbo-charged in the last two decades. For a chronicle of how the urban transformation happened — and a look at the colorful personalities that drove it — there’s “The New Kings of New York: Renegades, Moguls, Gamblers, and the Remaking of the World’s Most Famous Skyline” (The Real Deal) by Adam Piore.

“While the pandemic was catastrophic for small business owners, those owners aren’t the ones who buy condos in places like Time Warner Center, 15 Central Park West and One57. Lots of people made a lot of money during the pandemic — in May 2022, Oxfam issued a report noting that a new billionaire was minted every 30 hours as Covid surged,” says Piore. “And New York City real estate still remains the ultimate amenity. So in the second half of 2021, there was a surge in the sale of ultra-luxury real estate, with the city seeing the most activity in five years.”

We asked Piore to pick five buildings that are most representative of the city’s 21st century shift. Take a look. 

Hudson Yards was a controversial real estate project, with detractors feeling it catered to the ultra-rich. Kent Swig sparked a tenants vs. landlords feud in trying to boot rent-stabilized occupants to build Sheffield57.
The Time Warner Center was one of the first buildings to offer spectacular views as the ultimate luxury.
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The Time Warner Center

The mixed-used building on Columbus Circle was the one that started it all. Piore describes it as a “seminal building,” because, as well as helping drive the mall-ification of Manhattan, it was one of “the first instances where expensive real estate with park views was the ultimate amenity.”

When plans were coming together for the complex in the late 1990s, Columbus Circle was a gritty no man’s land populated by prostitutes, the homeless and drug dealers. The state, which controlled the derelict convention center, the Coliseum, occupying the site, chose five finalists in 1997 to rebuild.

Among them was a developer who’d opened a building across the street, Donald Trump. The Donald brought his trademark bluster but interrupted his pitch to officials in order to take a phone call from Bryant Gumbel, who was looking for divorce advice, according to the book. 

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Donald Trump lost his bid for Columbus Circle because he took a phone call from Bryant Gumbel.
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The contract was awarded to Steve Ross, a veteran developer and owner of the Miami Dolphins. Ross had a vision for a high-end facility, with retail on the bottom floors and luxury living up top. 

“People thought he was crazy, that a mall would never work,” Piore says. 

But the developers knew that luxury brands and food would drive interest, so they secured what they considered the world’s top hotel name, The Mandarin Oriental, as an anchor tenant and brought in world-famous chefs to open restaurants. 

The Time Warner Center, now called the Deutsche Bank Center, opened in 2004. It was generally well received. 

“People were glad for New York to come back, for crime to go down and to have all these amenities,” says the author.

15 Central Park West
15 Central Park West is comprised of condos rather than coops and their demanding boards, a lesson the Zeckendorf brothers learned from developing previous sites.
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15 Central Park West

The 35-story luxury tower adjacent to the park has become known as one of Manhattan’s toniest addresses, with residents that have included Denzel Washington and Alex Rodriguez. It sits on the site of a former hotel and was developed by Arthur and William Lie Zeckendorf, brothers in a powerful real estate family. 

The family owned brokerage Brown Harris Stevens and so had access to on-the-ground data that other developers didn’t. They sensed a growing demand for housing for the ultra-rich. 

The brothers had also learned from developing previous sites to dispense with co-ops and their notoriously demanding boards and build condos instead. The only thing you needed to get in was lots and lots of money. 

“It was a decision that helped set off the wave of ask-me-no-questions deals by superrich buyers that would come to dominate Manhattan,” the author writes. 

Russian fertilizer billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev purchased an apartment in 15 CPW for his daughter Ekaterina (above).
Russian fertilizer billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev purchased an apartment in 15 CPW for his daughter Ekaterina (above).
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The developers purchased the 15 Central Park West site for an exorbitant $401 million in 2004, and in order to make back their money they had to “shoot for the moon” by asking a ridiculous $2,000 per square foot. 

They ultimately got it — and then some. Deals signed in 2006 and 2007 broke records. 

Then in 2011 a Russian fertilizer billionaire named Dmitry Rybolovlev paid a jaw-dropping $88 million to buy an apartment in the building for his college-aged daughter. 

The deal marked the most expensive apartment purchase in city history at the time and “wreaked havoc” on the market, Piore says.

“These sites around the park suddenly skyrocketed,” the author says, “And the only way to make those work economically [for the developers] was to build for the ultra-rich.” 

One57 was the first major construction after the 2008 economic crash, and New Yorkers hate it.
One57 was the first major construction after the 2008 economic crash, and New Yorkers hate it.
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One57

One57 is a 75-story, blue glass hotel and condo built by Gary Barnett. But as rival developer Steve Ross snipes in the book, it was “an ugly f—ing building” with “no sense of taste.” 

“It was the first major construction after the Lehman crash [in 2008],” Piore says. “It was backed by foreign money which allowed Barnett to build it after the banks were frozen. A lot of people followed that business model.”

Barnett also had the idea to build from the inside out, imagining every over-the-top amenity the superrich might want, then designing the interiors first around them. 

One57 apartments are full of luxurious amenities to appeal to superrich clientele.
One57 apartments are full of luxurious amenities to appeal to superrich clientele.
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“Then he’d go to the architect and say, ‘Here, do something with this,’ ” the author says. “It’s a pretty ugly building and we have to look at it from the park.” 

Critics savaged the building for its design, as well as what it represented. 

“People were so irritated by One57 that when Bill de Blasio was swept into office, he attempted to build a homeless shelter next door,” Piore says. 

The shelter opened last year after a multiyear legal battle.

Sheffield57
The conversion of Sheffield57 from rental building into condos was not an easy one, with rent-stabilized tenants staging a prolonged protest.
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Sheffield57

The 50-story tower at 322 W. 57th St. is “indicative of the battle between landlords and tenants,” Piore says. It was purchased by developer Kent Swig and his partners in 2005 with the aim of converting the rental building into condos. But Swig soon ran into trouble with the 95 units (out of 845) that contained rent-stabilized tenants. 

The residents were expecting big payouts, as tenants in other buildings had gotten, including the rumored $1 million each three stubborn holdouts had gotten in the conversion of 15 Central Park West. But Swig and his partners dug in, offering the tenants few concessions. The tenants soon rose up, and began pushing back, including staging a sidewalk protest in April 2007. Swig, having gotten wind of the action, hired a large marching band to play for four hours and drown out the protesters. 

Kent Swig (right, with wife Liz) sparked a tenants vs. landlords feud in trying to boot rent-stabilized occupants to build Sheffield57.
Kent Swig (right, with wife Liz) sparked a tenants vs. landlords feud in trying to boot rent-stabilized occupants to build Sheffield57.
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The protesters, however, would have the last laugh. 

“They ended up delaying the construction, and when [the 2008 financial crash] happened, the building wasn’t done,” Piore says. The project put so much strain on the relationship between Swig and his partners that at one 2008 meeting, Swig’s investor reportedly hit him with an ice bucket. 

The building was sold to an investment group at a foreclosure auction in 2009 and Swig — for a moment, at least — hit hard times. At one point, Swig got a call from his banker demanding a meeting. Swig showed up expecting the worst, only to have the banker hand him a credit card and invite him to head into a nearby Trader Joe’s to buy groceries. 

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Hudson Yards, a sprawling complex on the West End of Manhattan, came to represent a backlash to hyper-gentrification.
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Hudson Yards

The author says the sprawling, multi-use complex on Manhattan’s West End acts like a bookend to the second Gilded Age era. “When Time Warner happened, people liked it,” he says. “By the time we got here, hyper-gentrification got so out of control that there was a total backlash.”

The first phase opened in 2019, and noticeably absent from the lavish kick off ceremony were New York’s City’s then-Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “Nobody wanted to be seen there,” the author says. 

The complex quickly came to represent everything bad about Manhattan’s direction. Its mall was filled with global luxury brands and its housing was far beyond the reach of average New Yorkers. Developer Steve Ross had been forced to sink so much money to get the project built that, yet again, the only way to recoup his investment had been to cater to millionaires and billionaires. 

The New Kings of New York by Adam Piore
Piore said the last two decades won’t necessarily define the next few.

“People described Hudson Yards as turning its back on the city and that it was this vision for the gated community for the ultra rich,” Piore says. 

The author says the last two decades won’t necessarily define the next few, and that things “are changing a little bit.” 

“Thoughtful people are working on how to overcome this problem,” he says. 

The solution could involve building more affordable housing or closing money laundering loopholes so it’s not as easy for the wealthy to stash their money in real estate. 

“The city has always gone through cycles,” says Piore. “And it will again.”


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Kourtney Kardashian uses Kopari Coconut Melt to ‘look good naked’

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Kourtney Kardashian’s no stranger to showing skin.

Whether the reality star’s modeling lingerie, baring it all in a bikini or packing on PDA with husband Travis Barker, she’s clearly confident about her body — and relies on a selection of tried-and-true products to keep her skin in tip-top shape.

In one of her first-ever Poosh stories, fittingly titled “How to Look Good Naked,” the 43-year-old outlines some of her body care essentials, including La Mer The Body Crème ($300), Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($95) and Le Labo’s Pin 12 Candle ($82) — the latter because “lighting is everything.”

But not everything on Kardashian’s list will bust your budget. She also swears by Kopari Organic Coconut Melt, which will set you back just $29 for a full-sized jar or $18 for a mini version.

“In order to achieve glowy skin, it’s important to moisturize everything — everywhere — at least once a day,” the Poosh piece reads. “Don’t forget to care for your hands and feet as well; we recommend focusing on these areas at night.”

Billed as “a deep conditioner for your bod,” the product is comprised of 100% organic, unrefined coconut oil, and Kopari suggests applying it “as soon as you step out of the shower and at the end of the day.”

What’s more, the multitasking product also works well as a hair mask, dry shave oil, bath mix-in and belly balm, per the brand.

Snag a tub for yourself below — and get ready to look fabulous in your birthday suit, too.

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Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins

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MIAMI — He’s one tough Cookie these days.

Carlos Carrasco isn’t going to win any contests blowing away hitters, but the right-hander’s offspeed pitches and command — and most importantly, his health — have converged this season to give the Mets an invaluable rotation piece.

On Saturday, he gave his team 7 ²/₃ shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at loanDepot park. Carrasco extended his scoreless streak over his past three starts to 18 ²/₃ innings.

The win was No. 100 in Carrasco’s career, making the 35-year-old the eighth Venezuelan-born pitcher to reach the milestone. Carrasco last surrendered a run on July 9 against the Marlins at Citi Field.

The Mets (63-37) won their fifth straight and reached the 100-game mark with the franchise’s most victories since 1986.

Overall, Carrasco allowed four hits and struck out seven with two walks. Seth Lugo replaced Carrasco in the eighth inning after Charles Leblanc had doubled with two outs. But Leblanc was picked off second base by Tomas Nido, ensuring Carrasco’s scoreless streak continued.

Carlos Carrasco didn't allow a run in the Mets' 4-0 win over the Marlins.
Carlos Carrasco didn’t allow a run in the Mets’ 4-0 win over the Marlins.
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Lugo remained in the game to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing Edwin Diaz a day off following a 10-pitch outing Friday in which he struck out the side.

The Mets will try for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins on Sunday with Taijuan Walker on the mound.

After scuffling at the plate for seven innings, the Mets gave Carrasco breathing room in the eighth when Francisco Lindor and J.D. Davis each blasted a solo homer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Davis’ homer, in a pinch-hitting appearance, came as the Mets are searching on the trade market for a right-handed bat to solidify the DH spot.

The Mets have traded for two lefty bats in the last week-plus to bolster the other half of the DH equation. One of those additions, Tyler Naquin, debuted for the Mets on Saturday in left field and went 0-for-4. Daniel Vogelbach started at DH and drew a walk in four plate appearances.

Carrasco’s gem was the latest strong performance by a Mets starting pitcher. Entering play, the Mets had a 2.45 ERA from the starting rotation in July, which ranked second in the major leagues. Chris Bassitt had a rare flat start for the Mets a night earlier, when he allowed four earned runs over six innings.

Jeff McNeil hit a solo homer in the third against rookie Nick Neidert to give the Mets their first run. The homer was the first since June 14 for McNeil, who entered the day with a .162/.240/.191 slash line in July.

The Mets weren’t finished in the inning: Nido, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor all singled. Lindor’s hit extended the Mets’ lead to 2-0 and gave the shortstop 68 RBIs for the season before he reached 69 with his blast later.

Carrasco was challenged in the first inning, when he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas and walk to Jesus Aguilar before retiring JJ Bleday for the final out. In the fourth, Carrasco surrendered a leadoff single, but he escaped the inning when he got Bleday to ground into a double-play.


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A brazen career criminal with more than 50 arrests on his rap sheet, including rape, was busted for trying to steal a moped from outside a lower Manhattan police station.

Jon Matos was caught red-handed approaching the $1,200 bike outside the 5th Precinct, sources said.

He was allegedly using a set of burglary tools Friday to try to bust the lock of the bike, which was vouchered property, cops and sources said.

Matos, a homeless father of three, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of attempted grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.

The proceeding was delayed for hours, sources said, after Matos allegedly became angry with a cellmate who used the facilities — but didn’t courtesy flush.

“I was just f–king with it. It’s not my tools,” he allegedly told an NYPD detective, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Megan Mers during the court proceeding.

Judge Valentina Morales Saturday agreed to give Matos supervised release in the moped case.

“Thank you, your honor,” Matos told Morales.

But instead of hitting the streets once again, Matos was held on outstanding charges from the 23rd Precinct in an unrelated case, authorities said.

It was his second appearance before a judge in a week: Matos was in court days earlier, charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property and was released in yet another incident.

Matos has racked up dozens of busts for burglary, robbery, fare evasion — including the 1999 rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Crime is up in six of the seven major crimes measured by the department contributed to the increase — though the seventh category, murders, dropped a noticeable 31.6% last month in comparison to numbers compiled in June 2021, according to the NYPD’s preliminary statistics.

Grand larceny spiked 41%, robbery rose 36.1% and burglary went up 33.8%.

When addressing the crime spike last month, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department was arresting the same people for crimes “over and over again.”

Other recent and brazen repeat offenders include veteran shoplifter Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez, who was finally locked up in January after dozens of arrests for stealing to support his drug habit.

Laron Mack, whose catchphrase is “I steal for a living,” has been arrested more than 50 times. Another serial stealer, James Connelly, was busted in December for involvement in 28 separate incidents over three months.

Last month, accused serial shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas, 34, was nabbed for stealing from the cosmetics counter at a Duane Reade on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, according to cops and court documents.

McLucas, who was released on his own recognizance, has notched 122 prior arrests.


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