Don’t be a hater, Harry.
In addition to recently buying a midtown hotel, East 77th St. townhouse and a couple units in The Plaza, developer Harry Macklowe has become embroiled in a dispute with his chocolatier tenant, Fauchon, reports the New York Times.
The argument revolves around Fauchon’s retail space in the Drake Hotel, which Mr. Macklowe purchased last month for over $418 million, and now reportedly plans to demolish to building a luxury apartment building.
Both sides are now at odds over a variety of issues: air-conditioning, bathrooms, and hanging decorative flags on the building’s exterior. But why dwell those petty matters? The more probing question seems to be whether Mr. Macklowe likes chocolate or not. Seriously!
Mr. Rubenstein called back a few minutes later and said: “When I started asking him about chocolate, he started talking to me about French fries. He wouldn’t talk about chocolate.”
– Michael Calderone