The New York Times told a fascinating story this morning. It’s a quintessential New York City story, combining sex, political power and (of course) real estate.
What really caught my eye was the piece of the report that dealt with the design and construction of the subjects’ over-wrought bay-side mansion in Brooklyn. In referring to Luchese mob boss Anthony Casso, the prior owner, the Times explains…
It was Mr. Casso who originally conceived of the giant complex, only to order the execution-style murder in 1991 of the architect who designed it, for fear that the man, Anthony Fava, could become a witness against him. F.B.I. agents stormed the house looking for evidence, punching holes in the walls as they searched for hidden bodies.
I doubt that either da Vinci or Vitruvius could ever codify what to do when your client pays your invoices in stacks of small bills. (more…)