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Tony Goldman 2012

by Tony Goldman, 1943-2012

Tony Goldman was a real estate developer whose buildings and love of the arts helped shaped the Soho we know today. Goldman eschewed the term “developer” in favor of describing himself as a long-term investor. He believed not just in building, but in revitalizing neighborhoods. In the mid-to-late-1970s, at a time when Soho was a run-down place that most developers overlooked, Goldman saw the potential of its large, open, industrial spaces that were transformed by artists into livable lofts.

Goldman Properties is responsible for many buildings in New York, including 25 Bond Street and the commissioned Ken Hiratsuka work in front it. They also commissioned the Francoise Schein piece, Subway Map Floating on a NY Sidewalk, in front of their offices at 110 Greene Street.

He passed away in 2012 at the age of 68, and today his daughter runs Goldman Properties. Between New York and Miami, where most of their projects are, they continue to promote the ideas of urban revitalization and public art.

Reference Links

link The SoHo Building
article NY Times: Tony Goldman Obituary
article Tony Goldman is SoHo Cool
internal Tony Goldman - Wiki
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Talking Points

  • first to recognize soho lofts as to how people would want to live
  • biggest real estate owner in soho
  • quirky guy: bought a cafe with stage to perform himself, separated and remarried from college sweetheart
  • According to his NY Times obituary http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/nyregion/tony-goldman-real-estate-visionary-dies-at-68.html?_r=0
    • his wife said he was “a crooner” and liked to sing at the cafe.
    • “He would stay late and bring his uncle a Scotch,” Ms. Goldman recalled, “and they would talk real estate, and that’s where he got his foundation in the business.”
    • Goldman bought and renovated 18 buildings in SoHo
  • unusual developer: interested in preserving the stories and original character
  • but also adding to the stories with art, big supporter of the arts