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Love In The Air? Developer Uses His Own Building–One Of World’s Tallest–To Proclaim His Love

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Harry Macklowe with now-wife Patricia Landeau in May 2018. (Photo by Amber De Vos/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)Getty

Harry Macklowe, the developer behind New York’s famed 432 Park Avenue building—the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere—has plastered a towering 42-foot-by-24-foot photo of him and his now-wife, Patricia Landeau on the northwest corner of the building, as the New York Post reported.

Their wedding took place yesterday at the Weylin inside the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank, a popular event venue. That was followed by an over-the-top reception on the 78th floor of 432 Park, where the entire floor has reportedly been refurbished into a ballroom to accommodate the 200-plus guest list. This is the same floor where, during Macklowe’s acrimonious divorce proceedings, his ex-wife turned down the opportunity to purchase a $14.4 million condo. 

At 1,398 feet, 432 Park’s height makes it the second tallest building in New York, with only One World Trade Center reaching higher thanks to its spire. The most notable of the building’s 125 units is the 8,000-square-foot six-bedroom, seven-bath penthouse purchased for $87.6 million by Saudi Arabian billionaire Fawaz AlHokair (who recently dropped off the Forbes Billionaires list due to ambiguity about his assets). Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez, who have listed their three-bed, four-and-a-half bath condo for $17 million, were also briefly residents for a time. 

The amenity-rich building was designed by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly (the same architect behind 443 Greenwich where Lewis Hamilton has listed his $57 million penthouse) and comes with a private restaurant for residents, a 75-foot indoor pool, boardroom, gym and spa facilities, screening room and full service concierge team. Viñoly famously stated that the inspiration for the building’s facade was an art deco waste paper basket designed by Josef Hoffmann in 1905.

The site previously housed the Drake Hotel, which Macklowe purchased for $440 million in 2006 in addition to the surrounding townhouses on the block. The site was listed as the most valuable development site in New York City by the New York Observer in 2011. Construction didn’t begin until 2012 and was completed in 2015. 

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