With her lawyers delaying the matter in court while she barricaded herself in, by October 1929, Mandel had demolished all the existing structures except Hart’ Her increasingly histrionic tactics were duly reported in the newspapers, and pelted any wouldbe intruders with bricks and stones.
The sheriffs managed to enter on October 25, however, and placed all Hart’s belongings on the front pavement.
Obstinate to the last, she spent that night in the house sleeping on newspapers spread out on the floor. Then, for his newly vacant block, he had decided to erect what was to be the largest apartment house NYC had even seen. Keep reading. Mandel, the spiritual forebear of the flamboyant builders of today, had recently completed two hotels and his luxury Park Avenue cooperative building.