Sol Atlas

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Sol G. Atlas
BornMarch 15, 1907
DiedJuly 30, 1973 (age 66)
ResidenceKings Point, New York
OccupationReal estate developer
Spouse(s)Edythe Samuels
ChildrenSandra Atlas Bass
Parent(s)Fanny "Faigel" Anczkowski Atlas
Abraham Atlas

Sol Geoffrey Atlas (1907–1973) was an American real estate developer.


Atlas was the son of Fanny "Faigel" (née Anczkowski) and Abraham Atlas (formerly Atlasowicz). In 1959, he bid $671,000 for Ellis Island and proposed to turn it into a $55 million resort consisting of a 600‐room hotel, marina, music shell, tennis courts, swimming pools and skating rinks; the government turned down his bid.[1][2] He partnered with John P. McGrath on numerous projects in Manhattan including the 50-story 1 New York Plaza and the 40-story 2 New York Plaza near Battery Park.[2] He was responsible for the Miracle Mile center at Manhasset; the North Shore Center in Great Neck; the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers; the Essex Green Shopping Center in West Orange, New Jersey; and the Connecticut Post Mall at Milford, Connecticut.[2][3][4] He also built 200 East End Avenue, which was the first air‐conditioned apartment building in the city.[2]

Atlas was a founder of the Inter Council of Shopping Centers; and was a lecturer at Yale University Law School and for the New York Board of Real Estate Appraisers.[2] In 1969, Yeshiva University named him "Man of the Year" and received the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Founders Award.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Atlas was married to Edythe Samuels; they had a daughter, Sandra Atlas Bass.[2] Atlas lived in Kings Point, New York.[2] He died of a stroke on July 30, 1971 at North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, New York.[2] His wife died in 1978.[5] His daughter is the president of Sol G. Atlas Realty Company and is a philanthropist.[6]


  1. ^ Novak, Matt (June 18, 2012). "The 1958 Plan to Turn Ellis Island Into a Vacation Resort". Smithsonian Magazine.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Sol Atlas Dies; Build was 66". The New York Times. July 31, 1973.
  3. ^ "Shopping Center Set for Milford", New York Times, July 29, 1956
  4. ^ Goldstein, Judith S. (September 1, 2006). Inventing Great Neck: Jewish Identity and the American Dream. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 978-0813538846.
  5. ^ "ATLAS-Edythe nee Samuels". The New York Times. June 13, 1978. Edythe Atlas nee Samuels beloved wife of the late Sol G. cherished, adored, dearest mother of Sandy Atlas Bass, blessed grandmother of Bruce, Scott and Kathy Ornstein after a long illness. Services at Temple Beth‐El, Old Mill Rd. Great Neck
  6. ^ "Honored for living a life of philanthropy". The Island Now. December 31, 2016.