Once New York’s biggest landlord, Sol Goldman’s legacy lives on. You can see it in the city’s skyline (particularly over on Madison Avenue between 37th and 84th streets, large parts of which his heirs still own). Or go downtown to the courtroom and dig through thousands of pages of legal documents detailing the bitter battle between his wife, Lillian, and their four children over Sol’s estate after his 1987 death.
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Sol Goldman, with his youngest daughter, Jane, in an undated photo taken before Sol passed away in 1987. Jane oversees the daily operations of the real estate company her father built. (Photo courtesy of the Goldman family)