Faith Hope Consolo — a major New York City retail real estate broker who handled luxury clients like Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent, and represented landlords like Larry Silverstein and Donald Trump — died December 23 in Manhattan. She was 73.
According to the New York Times, “despite her larger-than-life persona, Ms. Consolo was exceedingly private, and many details about her personal life remain unknown — even to those closest to her.”
One detail: Adam Sidel, whose father Jerome lived with her for decades, said he did not know much about her, “as surprising as that may be, considering she was effectively my stepmother.” He did not even know if his father married Consolo, although she was known as Mrs. Sidel in her personal life.
Another Times detail:
An only child, she was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, on July 25, 1945, and moved to Westport, Conn., as a young girl. Her father, John, who ran a real estate business, died when she was 2; her mother, Jill, a child psychiatrist, died when she was 12; and she was raised mostly by her grandmother, according to Joseph Aquino, who was her business partner for 26 years.
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(Hat tip: Dick Lowenstein)