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Intelligencer: September 19-26

Mort Zuckerman all washed up, bulldozer happy in the Hamptons, what we learned at Fashion Week, and more.


It Happens This Week
• The Giants on ‘Monday Night Football.’
• Lil’ Kim goes to jail.
• Antiwar rally in D.C.
• Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall Katrina benefit (with Elton John).
• Wynton Marsalis Katrina benefit.
• ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ returns, finally.

Mort’s Deluge
His Triplex Got All Wet. Zuckerman flees his co-op palace for New York Palace.
Mort Zuckerman may own one of the most envy-inspiring apartments in Manhattan, but he’s currently staying in a hotel. Zuckerman’s triplex penthouse at 950 Fifth Avenue recently was massively flooded. “A water pump was backed up,” says a real-estate source familiar with the details. “And his terrace only has a tiny drain. There was spectacular damage.” However, Zuckerman is still paying about $13,000 a month in maintenance fees, which his insurance company may end up suing the building to recoup. His two-bedroom triplex suite at the New York Palace hotel runs about $10,000 a night. Zuckerman didn’t answer his room’s phone at the hotel, and his office refused to comment.
—Deborah Schoeneman

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