The people of Plainville, Connecticut, hadn’t seen anything like it before. It was the arrival of high-rolling real estate developer and billionaire Stephen M. Ross—by helicopter, no less.
The owner of the Miami Dolphins was checking on the mockup display of a $5 million interior design project being made for him by millworkers at Modern Woodcrafts. The prolific custom work would be showcased for the 30 Hudson Yards lobby in Manhattan, part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project. Viewing a 12-by-12 inch mini-model of the project wasn’t going to cut it, as Ross wanted to lay his hands on the curved wooden walls.