Em­pire State of Mind

New York has be­come a bil­lion­aire boom­town with star­chi­tects pro­vid­ing the ul­ti­mate in lux­ury liv­ing, writes Richard War­ren

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f i can make it there, then I’m gonna make it any­where,” crooned Frank Si­na­tra in his salute to the city that never sleeps. Not only do bud­ding en­trepreneurs, artists and oth­ers seek­ing fame and for­tune head to New York City, but also those who’ve al­ready made it big—be­cause this is a place where they can meet oth­ers like them­selves, do busi­ness and en­joy the best in cul­ture and en­ter­tain­ment.

Imag­ine a map of Man­hat­tan Is­land, the long, thin strip of land that the Nether­lands ceded to Bri­tain in ex­change for the Spice Is­lands 400 years ago. Three-quar­ters of the way down the is­land, just be­low Cen­tral Park, is Mid­town, where an ex­tra­or­di­nary so­cial phe­nom­e­non is tak­ing place—the cre­ation of a com­mu­nity of in­ter­na­tional su­per-rich. The de­vel­op­ment re­flects New York’s sta­tus as joint cap­i­tal of the world along­side Lon­don, and par­tially re­sults from the wall of money mov­ing out of China and other fast-grow­ing economies into po­lit­i­cally sta­ble lo­ca­tions.

For the past decade, New York­ers have re­ferred to a strip of 57th Street roughly par­al­lel with Cen­tral Park a cou­ple of

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