Michael Gross (writer)

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Michael Robert Gross is an American author, journalist and editor whose work focuses on the American upper class. He has a B.A. in History from Vassar College.[1]


Early in his career, Michael Gross wrote about rock music and was editor in chief of Rock Magazine. He was the editor of the Fire Island News, a weekly newspaper in a New York summer colony, in 1978. He then began covering fashion photography for Photo District News and subsequently wrote the column "Fashion Statements" for Manhattan, Inc., a brief-lived business magazine. After writing about fashion through the 1980s and early 1990s, he began covering the world of the rich and famous for New York.

In 2000, he was briefly a senior editor of George, a political magazine. In 2002, he wrote a gossip column, "The Word", for the 'New York Daily News. From 2002 until 2010, he edited the written content of Bergdorf Goodman Magazine.[2] He worked for Crain's New York Business as a columnist in February 2011.

Gross is a columnist for Alexa Luxe Living, a quarterly supplement to the New York Post. He is also the real estate editor and a monthly columnist for Avenue magazine and a contributing editor of Travel and Leisure magazine.[3] He has also written for The New York Times, New York magazine, Esquire, GQ, Vanity Fair, and Town & Country."[4]

Gross lives with his wife, fashion designer Barbara Hodes, in the historic Alwyn Court apartment building.[5] His sister is Jane Gross, a reporter and blogger for New York Times, where he also worked as a reporter and columnist. Their father, Milton Gross, was also a journalist, a syndicated sports columnist for the New York Post and an author.[1]

In 2012, Gross announced he was working on a book on the luxury condominium building 15 Central Park West, with the planned title House of Outrageous Fortune.[6]


740 Park inspired Park Avenue, the documentary directed by Alex Gibney that looks at income inequality in America. It was produced for the Why Poverty? documentary project aired on public television networks around the world in fall 2012.


  1. ^ a b Pranay Gupte (2005-11-03). "Lunch at The Four Seasons with: Michael Gross". New York Sun. 
  2. ^ Mgross.com
  3. ^ "Media: New columnist". New York Post. 2011-02-13. 
  4. ^ a b Who's Who 2009
  5. ^ Jennifer Ceaser (2011-12-08). "Gross, point blank: Michael Gross offers history lesson on his prewar pad". New York Post. 
  6. ^ Elise Knutsen (2012-01-10). "Michael Gross Is Not Writing The Same Book Twice". New York Observer. 

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