Real Estate: Out on That Limb

From his circular penthouse office on Madison Avenue, Manhattan Real Estate Tycoon William Zeckendorf frequently sallies out on a limb, leaving all his competitors and creditors agape with suspense. For years, people have been expecting Zeckendorf to take a tumble, though he has always managed to regain his balance. Recently, though, Zeckendorf's balancing act has been getting more and more precarious. Last week the Alleghany Corp, complained that Zeckendorf's Webb & Knapp, Inc, had failed to pay it $570,000 in back rent on some Denver properties, and rotund Bill Zeckendorf, 57, admitted that his $400 million empire was in its...

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