A real fish tale: Mosler’s “My Montauk” hits shelves

The Cushman exec turns his photography and fishing passions into a new tome

Oct.October 01, 2014 07:00 AM

my montaukCushman & Wakefield’s Bruce Mosler has a reputation for reeling in the big fish when it comes to real estate clients. But he’s also reeled in his share of actual fish off Long Island.

Now he’s turned his experience and time on the high seas into a photography book, “My Montauk.”

Cushman’s chairman of global brokerage said his father taught him to fish as a boy, but he had no training as a shutterbug. Mosler picked up his camera about eight years ago.

“I used my AmEx points to acquire a Canon camera,” he said. “Then I used my AmEx points to buy a telephoto lens. Some of my initial pictures were not publishable.”

But he kept at it.

It took the dealmaker about a year to put together the 80-page book, which Mosler published independently. It includes nearly 50 photographs that he snapped from his 40-foot fishing yacht, aptly dubbed “The Done Deal.”

Mosler has a home in East Hampton, and for a decade he’s made the trek nearly every weekend out to Montauk where he docks the yacht.

“I was out there looking at the same venue over and over again, particularly that iconic lighthouse. I wanted to capture some of that … and to look at it at any given moment, even when not out on the boat,” he explained.

The book, which includes anecdotes about fishing 80 miles offshore, was feted late last month at the Fifth Avenue apartment of cosmetics CEO and GOP fundraiser Georgette Mosbacher. Guests included TRD publisher Amir Korangy, who wrote the foreword; developer Joe Moinian; Republican consultant Ed Rollins; and Stephen Siegel, chairman of global brokerage at CBRE.

“He’s one of my closest friends and I never realized he was that serious a photographer,” Siegel said.

Proceeds from the book, which can be purchased at mymontaukbook.org, will go to two charities: The Fisher House Foundation, which provides free housing to military families while a family member is receiving medical care, and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Both were started by Fisher Brothers founder Arnold Fisher, who Mosler came to know through his work as co-chairman of the Intrepid.

Not surprisingly, Mosler draws some real-estate-related analogies in the book, noting that catching fish in the deep seas is much more challenging than doing so closer to shore.

“It is a bit like, in my business, closing a big deal,” he writes.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
 Fredrik Eklund and the property (Getty, Steve Frankel)
Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
Gordon Ramsey and his Lucky Cat restaurant (Lucky Cat)
Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
Hudson Meridian Construction Group founder Bill Cote and a rendering of the Science Park Apartments planned at 201 Munson in New Haven (Hudson Meridian Construction Group)
Breakthrough for beleaguered New Haven project
Breakthrough for beleaguered New Haven project
27 Vandam Street, Hudson Square (Compass, iStock, Illustration by Kevin Cifuentes for The Real Deal)
Hudson Square townhouse in contract at $15M could break neighborhood record
Hudson Square townhouse in contract at $15M could break neighborhood record
From left: Scott Rechler and 5 Times Square; Marc Holliday, Stephen Ross and 280 Park Avenue (Getty Images, Eden, Janine and Jim from New York City - via Wikimedia Commons/Photo Illustration by Steven Dilakian for The Real Deal)
Swell of maturing debt pressures office owners
Swell of maturing debt pressures office owners
Silverback's Josh Schuster and Hopson's Chu Mang Yee with rendering of the project at 131-141 East 47th Street (LinkedIn, Getty, Ismael Leyva Architects)
Schuster out as Hopson borrows $156M for Midtown tower
Schuster out as Hopson borrows $156M for Midtown tower
(photos by Joe Lovinger/The Real Deal)
Day 2 of ICSC: Retailers button up to network, prep for uncertain future
Day 2 of ICSC: Retailers button up to network, prep for uncertain future
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...