Dennis Mangone

On flights into New York City, Dennis Mangone has a direct view of his résumé: the Time Warner Center, Trump World Tower, One Beacon Court, 15 Central Park West. “It’s a good feeling to see a body of work like that,” he admits. After a decade in real estate, the Bronx-born Mangone has become one of the city’s most successful power brokers. He also walks the walk: he carries three cell phones and an iPad, is consistently shuttling between name-brand luxury buildings, and insists it’s “fair game” to call him anytime between 6 a.m. and midnight. The 51-year-old Prudential Douglas Elliman broker’s knack for matching heavy hitters such as Mario Testino, Ricky Martin, and Beyoncé with the perfect apartment comes, in part, from his days at Studio 54, where he used to party with the likes of Calvin Klein and Farrah Fawcett. “I can deal with eccentric and unique people and not be flustered,” he explains. “It’s social science, understanding how people want to live.” In many cases, that means like royalty: Mangone is seeing a boom in half-floor “trophy” apartments that cost $40 million or more and can come with the sort of hotel-style perks that allow a resident to order room service on the ride home. “Make sure you’re getting the best views, flow, floors, and finishes for your money,” he advises. “Although, at my level, if the client doesn’t like the floor, he’ll probably just tear it up.”

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