News & Opinion | March 11, 2019 11:56 am

Real Estate Mogul Taunts Ex-Wife With 42-Foot-Tall Photo of New Spouse

Harry Macklowe claims he just really, really likes the picture.

Harry Macklowe and Patricia Landeau attend the Launch of the Paris Opera 350th Anniversary in New York with the American Friends of the Paris Opera and Ballet. (Photo by Amber De Vos/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Patrick McMullan via Getty Image

Real estate mogul Harry Macklowe professed his love for his new wife with a 42-foot-tall by 48-foot-wide poster that wraps around one of the tallest residential buildings in the world.

But it seems like it was meant to have an audience of one — Macklowe’s ex-wife.

His new wife, Patricia Landeau, was photographed by Studio Harcourt in Paris as part of a $2000 bid at a charity auction.

“My wife looks gorgeous, and I love the picture of me,” Macklowe told The New York Times. “Since I wasn’t getting married during the summer in the Hamptons,” he explained, “I wasn’t able to hire an airplane with a banner to go up and down the shoreline. I thought: ‘I own a building. Why don’t I just hang a banner from my own building?’”

After wrapping up a 14-week divorce, Macklowe made the “proclamation of love” on the building, which just so happens to be where his ex-wife, Linda Macklowe, backed out of a deal to purchase an apartment.

Macklowe isn’t sure how long he’ll keep the photos up for, but folks who pass by the building certainly have opinions: “Is it pointless?” Eric Torres, a delivery person in New York City asked. “It’s 50-50 on that one. The simple fact is, if the marriage doesn’t work out, he just wasted a lot of money.”

Even if the first Mrs. Macklowe sees the portraits, she can feel good knowing she won the $72 million Plaza Hotel condo in the divorce settlement.