Optimism, Sculpture and Pink Dumplings at Manhattan House, City's Biggest Condo Conversion

"I'm an aesthete," developer Jerry O'Connor said Tuesday night at his gargantuan Manhattan House, talking to a medium-sized crowd that was sipping cocktails and taking bites of pink and white dumplings. They were there in the building's hefty garden to unveil two new Hans van de Bovenkamp sculptures, Trinity and Red Gateway, and to celebrate some of the hugely troubled building's newly finished amenity spaces.

"I'm also an economic man," Mr. O'Connor, in a nice...

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