On a family trip to Miami when Pamela Liebman was 4, what interested her the most were not the white sand beaches or the clear blue water, but the buildings. “What are those?” asked the future chief executive of the Corcoran Group, Manhattan’s top real estate brokerage firm.
“That’s a condominium,” her mother replied. She said she spent the rest of the trip rolling the word “condominium” off her tongue.
“I think I was predestined to go into real estate,” she said. Years later, when visiting her realtor aunt in Beverly Hills, she said the interest still hadn’t flagged. All the other kids wanted to swim the pool. “I just wanted to go look at the houses,” she said.
It was a typical evening at the Real Estate Board of New York’s annual gala as John Cardinal O’Connor stepped up to the dais to address a crowd of several thousand of the city’s most ambitious commercial real estate brokers and owners.
But in a ritual repeated more or less each year, the archbishop of the New York archdiocese’s 2.37 million Catholics and one of the Vatican’s most forceful spokesmen in the United States during the 1980s, was summarily ignored by a brokerage community far more interested in making deals than in hearing the Gospel.
Barbara Corcoran on The Today Show on Tuesday has some sound advice for separating the pre-war from the post-war: "Most homes built before 1945 have nice, beautiful hardwood floors. Those after ’45, don’t. So, if you look in the closets, you’ll see the plywood or the hardwood." (Hat tip: The Real Deal)
From amNY: "Is there anything you miss about [1970s/1980s New York]? Oh sure. I really miss having the bag people on every other block. I miss going to the Theater District and not being able to bring my parents because I thought they couldn’t defend themselves if they were attacked. I miss terribly the Read More
Barbara Corcoran was on Larry King Live last night as part of a panel on the mortgage mess (transcript here). The founder of the Corcoran Group, now an author and TV personality, couldn’t understand why more people weren’t now buying homes and quickly:
I think you ought to be out there shopping the market Read More
Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively is so just one of the people, while Helena Christensen is categorically not. Ms. Lively went to Café Habana over the weekend and waited in line! For more than half an hour! Meanwhile, Ms. Christensen walked up to the eatery but kept on walking when she saw there was a Read More
Even if real estate is New York’s version of the movie biz, and even if Barbara Corcoran and Louise Sunshine are the grand dames of high-end realty, you wouldn’t expect they’d sell out an "Advance Business and Communications" class for brokers.
But The Observer has learned that there’s no space left in the Read More
What kind of person is Barbara Corcoran? She founded New York City’s most gargantuan realty brokerage (which she sold on September 9, 2001 for about $70 million) and has written a best-selling business book, If You Don’t Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails. Plus, she’s a pixie-like TV personality with an upcoming CNBC Read More
A state judge threw out Barbara Corcoran’s lawsuit Monday that tried to collect $1.3 million in commissions for introducing him to the investors who salvaged his Riverside South project.
In the suit, Corcoran claimed that the sale of the high rises to Extell and the Carlyle Group last year triggered the payment of the Read More