The story behind 'Mr. New York' - Fox 2 News Headlines

The story behind 'Mr. New York'

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Master builder/realtor Lewis Rudin had a big role in creating Manhattan as it looks today. His son, Bill Rudin recently reflected on his dad as a new book by author Seymour Lachman is chronicling Rudin's enduring legacy.

The story picks up when New York City was on the brink of collapse.

The Big Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy and the federal government said it would not bail out the city. The infamous headline in the NY Daily News said it all: 'Ford to City: Drop Dead."

Rudin was one of the instrumental people who helped keep it alive.

"My dad and other civic minded people came together and created this public-private partnership. They realized that government could not solve education issues, crime issues, transportation issues, affordability issues. They got everybody together- the unions, the business people; the not for profits, the government-- they didn't always agree on everything, but they had a tremendous amount of influence turning this city around," said Rudin.

Among his creative visions for saving NYC, Rudin and others pre-paid their taxes as a bridge loan to the city.

"If that hadn't happened I don't think we all would be sitting here in this great city that we love," said Rudin.

Today, the Rudin family is owner of 10 million feet of office space and four million feet of apartments.

"We give back to our community. We try to enhance our community. That's what my dad taught us. He was a great guy. He really spent 24/7 caring about this city," said Rudin.

'Mr. New York' is available online at Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com

  • Today on Good DayToday on Good DayMore>>

  • Good Day Cafe: quesadilla rustica

    Good Day Cafe: quesadilla rustica

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-07-23 12:58:21 GMT
    Executive chef Michael Armstrong of Bodega Negra in Manhattan will be preparing quesadilla rustica in the Good Day Café.
    Executive chef Michael Armstrong of Bodega Negra in Manhattan will be preparing quesadilla rustica in the Good Day Café.
  • Video gives sneak peek of new Star Wars movie

    Video gives sneak peek of new Star Wars movie

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:14 AM EDT2014-07-23 11:14:23 GMT
    Fans of the Star Wars franchise are getting another peek at the latest film courtesy of director J.J. Abrams. Abrams, shooting in “sunny London,” posted a video on Omaze plugging his “Force for Change” fundraiser to benefit UNICEF.  In the video, Abrams displays the new X-Wing Fighter being used on the set for Star Wars: Episode VII.
    Fans of the Star Wars franchise are getting another peek at the latest film courtesy of director J.J. Abrams. Abrams, shooting in “sunny London,” posted a video Omaze plugging his “Force for Change” fundraiser to benefit UNICEF.  In the video, Abrams displays the new X-Wing Fighter being used on the set for Star Wars: Episode VII.
  • Richie Sambora solo and happier than ever

    Richie Sambora solo and happier than ever

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:54:17 GMT
    Richie Sambora spent 30 years as the lead guitarist of rock band Bon Jovi. Nowadays, he's touring with Orianthi, the former lead guitarist for the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. “We’ve been tearing it up. It’s been the improvisational thing. It’s a very exciting thing," said Sambora during Good Day New York. The New Jersey native from "a blue collar, working class family" missed home and watching his daughter grow.
    Richie Sambora spent 30 years as the lead guitarist of rock band Bon Jovi. Nowadays, he's touring with Orianthi, the former lead guitarist for the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. “We’ve been tearing it up. It’s been the improvisational thing. It’s a very exciting thing," said Sambora during Good Day New York. The New Jersey native from "a blue collar, working class family" missed home and watching his daughter grow.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices