A prominent piece of New York City real estate is kept vacant by a shadowy Chinese billionaire who goes by as many as seven different aliases.
If New Yorkers resent overseas “investment” in their city, it’s because of situations like the one at 23 Wall St., a mystery that stretches from Houston to Angola to Beijing.
The billionaire in question is one Sam Pa, an elusive figure as colorful as a James Bond arch-villain. No matter what name he uses, he has a taste for women and fast cars — though he might not be seen or heard from again for a long time to come.
The globe-trotting Pa was busted two months ago by Communist Party authorities probing corruption in China’s energy industry. His arrest casts a new cloud over 23 Wall St., which is owned by a company Pa controls and has stood dark since 2003.
The 101-year-old landmark at the corner of Wall and Broad streets is the ghost ship of a district which has filled with new residents, stores and hotels. The ruinously neglected, original home of J.P. Morgan & Co. now sports tacky ads on its noble windows. It stands at a location which a real-estate executive described to The Post’s Lois Weiss as the “Times Square” of the Financial District.
But 23 Wall will likely stay dark for even longer. Before Pa was arrested, a plan to lease it to a multimedia firm Latitude 360 fell through, The Post has learned.