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    William Zeckendorf Sr

    William Zeckendorf Sr. was a New York City developer, whose sons and grandsons followed him into the real estate business, thus making him the founder of a real estate dynasty. He is known for owning the parcel of land on which the United Nations headquarters was built and for dominating the real estate industry in the United States from the 1940s through the early 1960s, via his company, Webb & Knapp Inc. His New York City properties included the Chrysler Building and the Astor Hotel. He is also credited with "the Wall Street maneuver" in the 1950s, which kept banks from leaving the Financial District en masse for Midtown Manhattan.

    In 1982, Zeckendorf Jr. â€' whose father William Zeckendorf Sr...