Ex-Hedge Fund Manager Hoarding 212 Numbers

Aug 15 2011 | 1:14pm ET

Dennis Mykytyn isn't in the hedge fund business anymore. But he may well have made the best investment of his life when he moved his late hedge fund from the suburbs to the big city.

In 2007, Mykytyn relocated his firm from Westchester County to Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan. And to mark the move, he bought 100 phone numbers in the coveted 212 area code.

Despite the fact that his hedge fund is no more, Mykytyn, who now runs a record label in Manhattan, still has the phone numbers. And even though he only uses about 10 of them, he's not interested in giving them up.

"It's prestigious," he told The New York Times. "When 212 is on your phone, everyone knows where that is, and it means you've been around for a while," even if, like Mykytyn, you haven't, and you just paid $3,000 for them four years ago.

Area code 212 has increasingly become a totem for Manhattanites. The code originally covered all of New York City's five boroughs, but ever since the introduction of 646 in 1999, almost all newly-assigned phone numbers in Manhattan have come from the newer area code.

"I guess I could sublease 212 numbers if I wanted to," Mykytyn mused. "But I'm not sure if that's a business I want to get involved in."


In Depth

Why Ponzi Schemes Work: An In-Depth Look At The Allen Stanford Fraud

Dec 21 2014 | 10:30am ET

Texan Allen Stanford first appeared on the radars of financial regulators in 1997...

Lifestyle

Cooper-Hohn Won't Contest Divorce Settlement

Dec 18 2014 | 9:51am ET

The ex-wife of hedge fund billionaire Christopher Hohn will not contest a divorce...

Guest Contributor

Alternative Investment Funds Face A Communications Imperative

Dec 19 2014 | 6:10am ET

A handful of the top alternative investment firms on both sides of the Atlantic...

 

Sponsored Content

Editor's Note

    Guidelines for Guest Articles

    Oct 22 2014 | 9:46am ET

    We are always looking for guest articles from hedge fund managers and buy-side firms.

    If you are interested in submitting a contributed piece for possible publication on FINalternatives, please take a look at the specs. Read more…

 

Futures Magazine

December 2014 Cover

Futures 2014 person of the year

Jeff Sprecher was simply looking for a platform to trade energies when launching ICE 14 years ago but it has grown to reach the pinnacle of both the listed futures and equities world.

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

The Alpha Pages Interview: Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul sat down in the debut series of the Alpha Pages Interview to discuss the broken tax code, regulation surrounding Bitcoin, and his plans for the 2016 Presidential election.