The accidental ownership stems from Campbell Soup’s 2008 sale of its Godiva chocolate company to Istanbul-based Yildiz Holdings, according to the New York Post. When Yildiz filed tax documents for the Godiva stores, rather than specifying the exact location of the stores within buildings like Grand Central and 30 Rock, they just wrote down the names of the entire buildings.
The Department of Finance uses these tax documents to establish ownership transfers, meaning Yildiz technically became the owner of the famed city buildings.
A spokesperson for the department told the Post that the name was incorrect in billing records but correct in official ownership records, and the proper owner will get the bills moving forward. [NYP] – Eddie Small