Though business reporters have lately called our attention to the massing of the technorati in southern Midtown, when high-priced apartments in Candela-designed co-ops change hands, the best bet remains to look to the financial sector. And a quick analysis of the authorizing signatures for the recent sale of a five-bedroom unit at 765 Park Avenue, for $23.66 million, reveals no great surprises. Peter Ezersky—one-time managing director at Lazard, current principle at the Quadrangle group—and his former wife Lorinda Ash were the sellers. (The two split in 2010.) Moving in, on the other hand, is hedge-funder Joshua Resnick, managing partner at Jericho Capital. (Oh, the variety!)
It’s just this sort of transaction, we’d venture to say, that drives flocks of ambitious young mathletes to high finance. Twenty-five windows keep Mr. Resnick’s new place virtually penned in light, and there is hardly a chamber within—formal dining room, living room, chef’s kitchen, even the entry gallery—that does not sprawl. Spanning three exposures, with 100 feet of Park Avenue frontage, the apartment sports archways and molding, sumptuous wood paneling and wood-burning fireplaces. A private elevator opens on a foyer with Parquet de Versailles flooring. One staff room can be accessed from a hallway off the kitchen, while another awaits on the second floor of the building. (It may be difficult to find good help these days, but once you’ve found it, lord knows, you want a lot of it.)
An art adviser, dealer and former employee of the Gagosian Gallery, Ms. Ash recently surfaced as a topic of gossip in connection with Cate Blanchett’s Oscar win for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, in which Ms. Blanchett played the title character. The actress made a study of Ruth Madoff to prepare for the role—a jilted New York socialite fallen on hard times—but rumor suggested that Mr. Allen may have based the part on Ms. Ash, who once worked with his wife, and who reportedly had a terrible breakup with billionaire banker Bruce Wasserstein prior to marrying Mr. Ezersky.
Whatever the truth of the matter, Ms. Ash seems rather unlikely to follow in the footsteps of Ms. Blanchett’s Jasmine. Even ex-owners of Candela apartments simply do not end up homeless in San Francisco.