“740 Park” author Michael Gross buys UN Plaza pad

"House of Outrageous Fortune" scribe and wife relocating from the UWS

TRD New York /
Jan.January 02, 2015 11:36 AM

UPDATED, Jan. 5, 1:14 p.m.: Michael Gross, author of several juicy character-driven real estate books including “740 Park: The Story of the World’s Richest Apartment Building,” has snapped up a $1.18 million co-op at 860 United Nations Plaza.

A source close to the deal said that Gross and his wife, Barbara Hodes, were looking in the Sutton Beekman area for over a year before settling on this co-op just south of those neighborhoods, the New York Observer reported.

The couple is relocating from Midtown where they resided at Alwyn Court, one block south of Central Park.

Brown Harris Stevens’ Doug Russell had the listing.

Gross has also penned works on the “Platinum Triangle” of Bel Air, Holmby Hills and Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and, this year, “House of Outrageous Fortune,” about the Zeckendorfs’ celebrity-stuffed 15 Central Park West.

The source told the newspaper that 860 UN Plaza was considered “the 15 Central Park West of its day.” [NYO] — Tess Hofmann 

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated Doug Russell’s brokerage. 


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