Tony Goldman, Developer and Restaurateur, Dies at 68

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Michael McElroy
Mr. Tony Goldman and his daughter Jessica Goldman-Srebnick, COO of Goldman Properties
Tony Goldman, the CEO of real estate and hospitality company Goldman Properties, died in New York on Tuesday. He was 68.

Goldman graduated from Emerson College in 1965 and married his college sweetheart, Janet. He got his start renovating properties on the Upper West Side and first became famous for his work in Soho, where he purchased 18 properties in 1977. He helped restore the derelict manufacturing district, opening Greene Street Café, a garbage-truck garage he turned into a jazz supper club, in 1979. In the 1980s, Goldman relaunched an old metal-cabinet factory as Soho Kitchen and Bar.

He went on to do similar work in South Beach, buying vacant art deco hotels and reopening them. His company has also worked to develop parts of Philadelphia and Boston.

Goldman was involved in a number of other restaurants, including Stone Street Tavern in the Financial District and Wall Street Kitchen and Bar, which he opened with his son, Joey, a principal at Goldman Properties. He often mentioned in interviews that restaurants were a vital part of his formula, and the best way to bring people to the neighborhoods he hoped to renew.

The family's publicist Susan Brustman released a statement to the Miami Herald, stating that Mr. Goldman died of heart failure, and that he was surrounded by his family.


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He was the modern American master of urban revitalization -- a once in a generation avant courier who painted renewal and prosperity on blighted real estate with the seeming ease, instinct and originality of a new world Michelangelo. His epitaph is beautifully articulated in the historic, cosmopolitan urban brands he reinvented and reinvigorated: Soho ... South Beach ... Wynwood ... Center City. No one on the planet better understood the logical beauty of rock bottom and the joy of renewal. History and academia owe Tony Goldman a place -- no, a space -- worthy of an American pioneer.  Scott RossMiami, Florida 

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