Although she absolutely had success in actual property, a lot of Ms. Consolo’s skilled life, it appears, was smoke and mirrors. She lived lavishly, however it’s tough to know the true extent of her wealth.
“With Jerry and Religion, whether or not they had been snug, rich, or unbelievably wealthy is unclear,” Adam Sidel stated. When his father died, Adam anticipated to see some cash, however as a substitute, he obtained a single merchandise — a gold watch.
The couple’s Fifth Avenue residence was a one-bedroom rental, and when Ms. Consolo died, a number of of her belongings, together with furs and jewels, had been offered to pay excellent payments, in accordance with a longtime confidante, Rebecca Cox-Tianga.
Mrs. Cox-Tianga was most likely Ms. Consolo’s closest pal on the finish of her life. She met Ms. Consolo when she was simply 18 on the Peninsula Lodge Spa, the place she labored the entrance desk. Ms. Consolo would usually are available in for therapies. Through the years, Mrs. Cox-Tianga, now 45, grew to become her companion, serving to Ms. Consolo with duties starting from grocery procuring to writing information releases.
Like a lot of Ms. Consolo’s pals, Mrs. Cox-Tianga had no concept of Ms. Consolo’s previous. Upon listening to the reality, her response was a mixture of feelings — frustration and confusion, but in addition unhappiness for her pal and a want to guard her.
On the day of her demise, two days earlier than Christmas, Ms. Consolo known as Viand, the diner across the nook from her home that’s a neighborhood hang-out of celebrities like Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Bloomberg. She positioned her common order of oatmeal and low, very gentle, no sugar. However when the deliveryman arrived along with her meals, Ms. Consolo didn’t reply.