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Amid Weinstein Office Demolition, Barbara Kavovit Says Goodbye to “Emotional Ghosts”

The RHONY construction boss said of the project, "When I walk in here, I can feel the emotional ghosts."

By Courtney Thompson
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UPDATE: Evergreen Construction boss Barbara Kavovit was recently awarded the contract to renovate and occupy the former Weinstein Co. headquarters in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood—and The Real Housewives of New York City pal is deep in the demolition trenches this week.

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Posting several photos and videos of herself and her team at the office site, Barbara wrote, “The emotional ghosts inside this space and my team are making history. As we say goodbye to the injustice and abuse by tearing down walls and building anew we can move forward, unite and use our voices to be the true leaders we are. Speaking on behalf of millions of women, let’s keep kicking ass & tear this sucker down!”

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While 2020 might be a rocky year for the rest of us, Barbara Kavovit is definitely having a moment. In addition to recently landing on the front page of The New York Times Real Estate section — looking glamorous amidst a construction site, natch — the Evergreen Construction honcho’s company also built a stunning Exhale Spa from the ground up in midtown, not to mention a gorgeous media room in her East Hamptons home.

And now comes the news from The Hollywood Reporter that Barbara has been awarded the contract to demolish, renovate, and occupy the former Weinstein Co. headquarters in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. The 15,000-square-foot space will take approximately 16 weeks to renovate, according to Barbara, with 50 workers (20 percent of them female) erasing all traces of the former tenant. "We are taking it down to the walls and building it new," Barbara told THR. “This is so personal, emotional and passionate for me because I feel the pain of those women.”

Like everyone who watched notorious movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s case unfold, the Heels of Steel author was extremely affected as she could certainly relate. "I've had a lot of Harveys in my life," she said, adding, "Demolition is crucial for starting over, and we are taking this down to the bones. When I walk in here, I can feel the emotional ghosts. There were such brave women who stood up in that courtroom and faced Harvey. As we rip out the studs and use the sledgehammers to tear down the walls, I feel like I am doing it for them." 

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