Remember the 25-year-old pampered superstar employee? Fair-cheeked, witty and well-educated, these workplace Mariahs were coveted by New York employers, who lavished them with chubby salaries, titles and perks. The kids worked long hours, but they also got to wear Radiohead T-shirts to client meetings and play Nerf golf in the corridors, and they never, ever Read More
By Ryan D'Agostino 5/29/00 12:00am
In January of 1996, Alex Shogren, a Deadhead who had twice been kicked out of boarding school before graduating from Georgetown University, started a business marketing hedge funds out of his home in posh Locust Valley on Long Island. Basically, for a small fee, he drew upon wealthy connections to help hedge funds raise money. Read More
By Ryan D'Agostino 5/22/00 12:00am
Four years ago, a 26-year-old grad-school student decided he wanted to be an Internet mogul. His business plan was different from most of those that investors around town were drooling over. That is, he intended to make money soon.
Of course, the young businessman was laughed out of every venture capital office in town. So, Read More
By Ryan D'Agostino 5/08/00 12:00am
Ninety minutes before game time on April 27 at Shea Stadium, Derek Bell, the Mets right-fielder and the hottest hitter in New York, stood in front of his locker getting ready for the road.
A reporter approached him to ask a question, but Mr. Bell put his hand up and said, very politely, “I’ll be Read More
By Ryan D'Agostino 5/01/00 12:00am
The bartender at Ryan’s Daughter, a frat-guy bar on East 85th Street, overheard two men talking about the scene in American Psycho where the investment banker drops the chain saw on the prostitute.
“You guys just saw American Psycho ?” he asked, sliding a coaster under their pints of Miller Genuine Draft.
“Yeah,” they Read More
By Ryan D'Agostino 4/24/00 12:00am
In the midst of the massive stock market collapse on the afternoon of Friday, April 14, Brian Rogers, a 36-year-old hedge fund manager, stepped outside the small office he shares with his partner, Adam Weiss, at 230 Park Avenue, and encountered the walking dead.
Two-thirty Park is one of those buildings that swarm with hedge Read More