Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Michael Gross

One of the most workingest journalists in New York, Michael Gross has also authored Genuine Authentic: The Real Life of Ralph Lauren, and Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women and The More Things Change; Why the Baby Boom Won’t Fade Away. He is also a contributing editor of Travel & Leisure magazine and editor of the Bergdorf Goodman Magazine. In the meantime, before and later, Michael’s written scores of features for most of the leading magazines in New York including New York, George, Vanity Fair, GQ, Esquire, Radar, and British and German Vogue.

A self-styled provocateur, Michael provokes rage, outrage, amusement, ire, rants and raves (and most rarely indifference) with his profiles. Some of his more memorable ones include Alec Baldwin, Beverly D’Angelo, Calvin Klein (From Bronx to Eternity), Richard Gere, JFK Jr., Patrick McCarthy, Isaac Mizrahi, Norman Pearlstine and Bob Pittman.

Michael is currently completing 740 Park,
a work of non-fiction about one of the most prestigious and secretive co-op buildings in New York to be published by Random House. Built by James Lee, the grandfather of Jackie Onassis and Lee Radziwill, a princely apartment in 740 was long the residence of John D. Rockefeller Jr. One of its apartments, belonging to Saul Steinberg, was sold to investor Steven Schwarzman a few years ago for a record $31 million. Built in 1930, some of the wealthiest and most prominent families in New York have lived there. Oh, if the walls could talk ... (and who knows, they probably do and have), Michael Gross is the one who will have heard them.

Michael and his wife Barbara are well-known faces on the New York media and social scene.