The Emir of Qatar must know a thing or two about quashing public uprisings, but we don't think there's a Page Six in the Middle East. Today the gossip sheet airs the complaints of residents of a tony block of East 72nd Street, who are pissed off about the traffic mess created by the Emir's minions. If you recall, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has been working for years on turning 7-9 East 72nd Street into maybe the city's biggest single-family mansion. A tipster told us that work was supposed to wrap around now, in time for the U.N. General Assembly, and that appears to have happened. In an abbreviated rant that sounds a lot like some comments recently added to our old post on the renovation, Page Six fills us in on the controversy:
Meanwhile, the presence of the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, has stopped traffic on East 72nd Street between Madison and Fifth with his fleet of cars. One angry resident told us: "His new residence has no less than 10 to 12 double-parked cars, 24 hours a day, every day for the past two weeks."
Security on the scene told us the Moroccan ambassador to the United Nations, Ahmed Snoussi, lives next door to Al Thani and is also in town to attend the General Assembly.
We circled back to our original tipster, who reports: "I tired to take some shots this weekend, but a big guy intercepted me and asked what my business was. Clones of Harrison Ford from 'Air Force One' with ill fitting men's wearhouse suits, ear pieces and bulges are covering every inch of the sidewalk. It's rather hard to overhear things on the street all due to all the equipment that was placed on top of the building. It's still loud now that construction is done." We'd ask for spy shots from inside the place, but stay safe out there, kids!
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