lost everything and had to start over again. I got horrible advice, I think, because no one took me seriously — the men, the lawyers. I say that without any rancor. I’ve gone on to do fun things.
What did you do after that? I didn’t know what to do. My oldest son, who was in college, started laying carpets. My middle son worked in a bar. I really thought we were going to run out of money. But we managed. My boys were amazing.
Was it difficult being a woman in business back then? Oh my God, always. I used to import leather furniture, and I was pretty well known in the business. I would go to all the big furniture shows in New York. I was walking through one of the showrooms and they completely ignored me. Then, when they realized who I was, they came running after me. One time, I was emailing back and forth with a guy whose factory I was supposed to visit. I get into the car with him and he says, “I never had a woman in my car before.”
So, how did you get into real estate? After I lost everything, I went to see Charlie Aug [the late head of retail brokerage Garrick-Aug], who I sort of knew through the furniture business. He said, “You’ll be great at this.”
How were your early days in the business? When I first started, I remember taking my boys to dinner. They said, “Mama, how’s your new job?” I said, ”Would you like to know the difference between me and a streetwalker? We both walk the streets all day, but she gets paid!” I went two years without making a deal, but I knew it was going to work out.
What was your first deal? A Nine West shoe deal. My second was a Duane Reade deal on 62nd and Second.
How did you score Nike as a client? When I was representing Nine West, the guy who handled their real estate left and another fellow came on board — Giovanni Scotti. Gio and I just got along great. When he moved to Ann Taylor, he asked me to represent them. And when he moved to Nike, I went with him again.
Where do you live now? Recently, I bought a new house in Water Mill. I said to my middle son, who was with me at the closing, “I want to show you where I grew up.” When we moved there, I thought it was an extraordinary palace. But I drove up to the house and realized it was only about 1,500 square feet.
Do you also own a place in the city? I’m still a renter — in Midtown East. When I could finally afford to buy a home, I couldn’t justify the cost to buy in Manhattan and couldn’t understand the value. That’s why I bought on Long Island.
Are you dating anyone? I socialize. I’m not here to solicit dates.
What do you do in your spare time? I play golf out at Hampton Hills. I’m not giving you my handicap. Assume it’s not good.
What are your politics? I’m conservative. I voted for Trump. I know him, and I know that he didn’t have to do this. He did it because he loves this country and he wanted to do a good job. I did work f上海同城对对碰交友社区