The Real Deal New York

Aby Rosen shows his lighter side

Opinionated developer shares travel, art and #TBTs on Instagram

February 02, 2015
By Kerry Barger

From left: “85 degrees in the shade” last winter, Scuba diving with sharks over two years ago

From left: “85 degrees in the shade” last winter, Scuba diving with sharks over two years ago

German-born real estate mogul Aby Rosen is known for his vast property portfolio, often controversial art collection and unforgiving opinions on some of New York City’s famous institutions and players. (In Surface magazine’s Power 100 issue, he referred to Gary Barnett’s One57 as an “ugly monster” and an “atrocity,” and called author Tom Wolfe a “buffoon.”)

What many may not realize, however, is that Rosen is somewhat of a dark horse on Instagram.

The RFR Holding principal bears a modest following on the mobile photo-sharing app, with 3,688 followers as of late last month. Rosen may not have the social media star-power the Fredrik Eklunds and Ryan Serhants of the real estate world possess, but the throwback Thursday photos, filtered Southampton sunsets and travel pics from Moscow’s Red Square speak for themselves.

Also scattered throughout Rosen’s feed, which dates back to 2012, are pictures of his family and snapshots of paintings and installations from across the world of art. Instagram users can glance at Rosen’s account (@abyrosen) and find themselves looking out over Tokyo, treading the waters off the Aeolian archipelago, or sitting across the table from world-renowned sushi master Jiro Ono.

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