Benjamin Sonnenberg was a larger-than-life figure among New York’s elite in the mid-20th century; one of the original public relations maestros who burnished and promoted corporate and individual images. His own home, a mansion on Gramercy Park, outshone the residences of all but a few of his clients. Fittingly, here in town, the Sonnenberg family owned two houses in the East End: Nos. 566-568 and No. 571. This mid-19th-century house was purchased by Sonnenberg and his wife, Hilda, in 1955. It was also used by their children: Ben Sonnenberg, the founding editor and publisher of the literary magazine Grand Street, and Helen (Sonnenberg) Tucker, a philanthropist in New York whose daughter, Barbara (Tucker) Cardinal, is a proprietor of the Kiley Court Gallery. In the 1980s, the property served transient guests as the Windamar House. It is now a four-unit condo.
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