Nick Sprayregen made his fortune, and his name, on the West Side of Manhattan, where his family’s Tuck-It-Away storage empire was based. It was a humble business until Columbia University decided it wanted to expand its campus into Mr. Sprayregen’s backyard, at which point he became one of the staunchest opponents of the university’s plan, and a media darling because of it.
Still, Mr. Sprayregen has long called the Upper East Side home, where he has just as great a propensity for turning a strong real estate deal. Three years ago, Mr. Sprayregen bought the Newhouse’s duplex on East 76th Street for 40 percent off. Now, the self-storage kingpin has sold his home around the corner for twice what he paid a decade ago.
Nick Sprayregen knew the chances were slim that the Supreme Court would hear his case against the state and, by extension Columbia University, yet still, the owner of Tuck-It-Away self-storage held out hope.
“It was a shocking decision, even with the chance of the court taking the case being 1 percent,” Sprayregen told The Observer Read More
What with the fiery collapse of the magazine and newspaper industries, Condé Nast’s Newhouse dynasty has graver concerns than getting top-dollar for company apartments around town. Still, it had to be at least mildly annoying that their five-bedroom duplex at East 76th Street’s Promenade, listed last December for an outrageously fair $4,995,000, just sold for Read More
"Any neighborhood in Manhattan that is home to several warehouses including ‘Tuck-It-Away self storage’ definitely deserves to be called ‘blighted.’ This guy is a selfish joke. How inconsiderate Columbia must be to pay him millions of dollars for dilapadated warehouses and replace them with state of the art medical facilities, schools and dormitories. Shame on Read More
Nick Sprayregen, the landowner leading the final hold-out against Columbia’s 17-acre West Harlem expansion, has an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal. In it, Mr. Sprayregen (profiled by The Observer in July) attacks Columbia’s threatened use of eminent domain to take his storage company’s property.
In the Fifth Amendment to the Read More
For more than three years, Nicholas Sprayregen has kept his word to Columbia University.
The largest private landowner in the footprint of the university’s planned 17-acre West Harlem expansion, he has vowed time and again to fight the university’s attempts to oust him, so long as the school threatens the use Read More
The major landowner fighting Columbia University’s expansion, Nick Sprayregen, today came out victorious over the state’s Empire State Development Corporation today in an appellate court ruling on a case involving the Freedom of Information Law.
The case concerned the release of documents and correspondences between the state and its contractor AKRF, mostly surrounding the Read More
Nick Sprayregen, one of the last property owners resisting Columbia’s expansion into West Harlem, has rarely had nice words to say about the university. But today, following a 50-minute meeting, it sounded like he had found new friends—or, more accurately, potential business partners.
“The subject of the conversation moved to my swap idea, and Read More