Manhattan real estate moguls talk about his “Solomonic wisdom,” according to The New York Times.
Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani called him the “dean of damage control.” His public relations firm, Rubenstein Associates, once simultaneously represented both Leona Helmsley and Donald Trump.
So it’s no exaggeration to say that nothing of importance happens in New York City without somehow involving Howard J. Rubenstein.
Cats and Dogs
What will they say of you now, Trouble!
Dead upon your gilded pillow
The millions they did double
But this Maltese they could not save.
So go then, Trouble, to the Elysian doggy fields,
Where bones are thrown,
(The Queen of Mean awaits you there alone.)
And only the little people pay taxes,
And it’s Read More
Manhattan Transfers Cheat Sheet
– The big deal of the day (or should we say Big Deal) is that the massive Helmsley mansion in Greenwich has finally sold, albeit at a considerable discount. From an original price of $125 million in 2008 — a year after Leona Helmsley died at the 40-acre property — to a Read More
Manhattan Transfers Cheat Sheet
- The Post dealt some real estate gossip blows this morning, announcing that “Queen of Mean” Leona Helmsley‘s Greenwich mansion is rumored to be sold–finally, after three years on the market–but for less than half its $125 million price tag. The 26-room mansion has been called a fixer-upper which might have something Read More
The estate holding the assets of the one-time hotelier and reputed Queen of Mean Leona Helmsley sold two properties on Manhattan’s East Side on Oct. 1, according to city records.
The properties in question are a ground-floor 4,178-square-foot retail condominium at 760 Third Avenue and the nearby 144 East 48th Street, a 114,500-square-foot apartment building Read More
The New York Helmsley Hotel, that 775-room inn trapped in a design hell of 1980s Greed-Is-Good glamour, is getting a face-lift, one to obliterate many of the fingerprints of the late Queen of Mean herself, Leona Helmsley.
While you still can, walk through the revolving doors of 212 East 42nd Street and step into the Read More
Leona Helmsley, an icon of ’80s-era superciliousness and a glowing tribute to the timeless Manhattan id, died two years ago of heart failure at age 87, but her legacy lived on. Her will excluded two grandchildren (“for reasons which are known to them”) but set aside $12 million for Trouble, her 8-year-old white Maltese. The Read More
Leona Helmsley left her dog Trouble $12 million. The real estate mogul's will, which became public on Tuesday, stipulates that Helmsley's brother Alvin Rosenthal is to care for the white Maltese–until it dies and is buried alongside Helmsley in a
Mr. Rosenthal, for his part, got millions from his late sister, and two Read More
The reports are in from the funeral of Leona Helmsley, which was attended by about 150 people–an invite-only crowd of colleagues, employees and family members. It's no surprise this was not like lying in state; the so-called 'Queen of Mean' was the sworn enemy of many in New York's real-estate elite, not least of all Read More
Leona Helmsley died of heart failure today at her Greenwich, Conn., summer home at age 87, according to her longtime publicist Howard Rubenstein.
Helmsley and her husband Harry, whom she married in 1972, amassed a New York City real estate empire that eventually included the Empire State Building, Tudor City and 230 Read More