The 432 Park Avenue building.
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
New York real estate mogul Harry Macklowe has erected a photograph of himself and Patricia Landeau, his new wife and the president of the French Friends of the Israel Museum on one of the tallest residential buildings in the Western Hemisphere as a “proclamation of love,” according to a report by the New York Times.
The photos measure 24 feet wide and 42 feet high.
Macklowe, 81, was remarried last Thursday after a contentious divorce. He told the Times that he had bid $2,000 at a charity auction for photographs by Studio Harcourt in Paris and he loved what the company took. So, he decided to show them off.
“I own a building,” he said. “Why don’t I just hang a banner from my own building?”
The images are now hanging on the corner of 432 Park Avenue, facing the northwest corner of Park Avenue and East 56th Street.
The irony is that, according to the Times, the first Mrs. Macklowe - Linda - had a contract to buy the apartment on the 78th floor of the 432 Park Avenue building, but the court permitted her to exit the deal. Instead, she was awarded the couple’s condominium in the Plaza Hotel, created by joining seven apartments they bought in 2008 and valued by the court at $72 million. Macklowe received a $36 million credit on it.
“Macklowe told the Times that some of his male friends had told him their wives now wanted the big-picture treatment.
“I got an email from a neighbor from across the street who said, ‘I want my husband to do this for me for Valentine’s Day,’” he said.
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