For many owners of Manhattan trophy properties, the purchase of a dream apartment represents a kind of crowning achievement—a commemoration of stunning success personal or, often enough, familial. For Ronald G. Harrington, however, the $23.419 million it cost to acquire the western penthouse on the 15th floor of the Brodskys’ 135 East 79th Street, wasn’t particularly onerous, nor did it constitute the most boast-worthy of his expenditures. The Harringtons are known in their native Ohio for philanthropy rather than flash, having donated upwards of $72 million to Cleveland’s University Hospitals. His donation to the Brodsky organization is of a different nature, of course, so we doubt that they will be putting Mr. Harrington’s name on the building. But given that he is one of the few among us that can, in earnest, say: “Been there, done that,” we don’t think he’ll be too broken up about it. Read More
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