The Real Deal New York

Why Steven Witkoff learned to use a gun early on in the biz

By Adam Piore | January 27, 2014 10:30AM

Developer Steven Witkoff said when he started out back in the 1980s, he learned to use a gun — which he sometimes carried in his gym bag.

“They were very difficult days up there, and I had a lot of scares,” he recalled. “We owned a building on 143th and Broadway and it was a very, very rough neighborhood in those days, tremendous heroin dealing and cocaine dealing, and multiple times we were in situations where we heard gunshots or we were inside a building and we were threatened.”

Read on here for our profile on Steve Witkoff in the January issue.