The Manhattan Condominiums
Grand Opening Gala: October 28, 2006
In March 2006, I was contacted by Bobbi Storm of the University Tower Apartments (UTA) about a project in the Kansas City area. So we set up a meeting.
When I arrive at the UTA, which is located in downtown Kansas City, I notice a sign by the door listing Bobbi as manager of the property and beneath her name is "Matthew Abbott." I thought, "Oh. He must be her assistant. He was the guy who answered the phone the other day when I called and transferred me to Bobbi." So I go in, and Matt -- a guy who looks like he is twenty something -- greets me. He says Bobbi is not there, but he still wants to meet with me. I thought, "Wait. The decision maker is out, but the administrative assistant still wants to meet with me? Hmm." So while I wait for him to finish talking with someone else, I notice business cards on Bobbi's desk. There are cards for her and cards for Matt. I see that the cards have the company's name on them: Abbott Properties.
Matt and I sit down together, and I quickly learn that he is President of Abbott Properties. He explains that the project Bobbi had contacted me about is renovating and converting the UTA into condominiums. (For those of you who may not be aware, the downtown Kansas City area is going through a major renovation. Simply put: it’s alive! Or at least in the process of awakening and will be alive when all of the major projects are done.)
Matt says he is looking for a photographer, and I show him my portfolio. He likes what he sees, and it doesn’t take him long to say, “I want to send you to Manhattan (in New York, not Kansas) and have you funk it up.”
Within a few days, Matt had purchased my airfare, reserved a hotel room in Manhattan, reserved a helicopter for some aerial shots and had even gotten me a ticket to a Broadway musical. What a guy! By the end of April, I was in Manhattan photographing away.
In addition to photographing the Burrough of Manhattan, Matt also commissioned me to photograph The Manhattan…the building. Some of those “funked up” images are here in this post and will be on permanent display throughout the building.
It’s cool getting to work with cool people.
Peace and Love,