YANKEE TRAGEDY Lidle learning to fly in early September (NYT)
The New York Times is reporting that Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle was piloting the plane that hit a 50-story tower at 524 E. 72nd St. in Manhattan Wednesday afternoon, killing Lidle and his flight instructor. According to a recent Times profile, Lidle bought a Cirrus SR20 and was training to be a pilot, though several readers have identified the above aircraft as a Cessna 172.
Among the building’s notable apartment owners are Cigar Aficionado publisher Marvin Shanken, who occupies four apartments on the 33rd floor, and ex Bloomingdale’s CEO Marvin Traub, real estate mogul Arthur Zeckendorf. Mystery writer (Burned) Carol Higgins Clark, daughter of Mary Higgins Clark, is also a tenant. The New York Times Habitats column profiled her apartment in its June 13, 2004 edition, writing:
From the 38th floor of 524 East 72nd Street, you can see the tides boiling under the Queensboro Bridge, helicopters as small as dragonflies careering toward the heliport on 34th Street, and so much sheer, wide-open sky your equilibrium might be shaken.
[Interior photos after the jump]