Aarons also authored Prayers for Bobby, a 1995 nonfiction book about a mother's grief over her gay son's suicide, and coauthored a docudrama about the Pentagon Papers that was honored by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with a Gold Award.
Journalist Bill Mann worked for Aarons at The Oakland Tribune during the years when Aarons was features editor, then executive editor.
Almost until the day he died, Aarons was busy working on a play about South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
To become a successful developer, Aarons advised, "be creative, meet the tenants' needs and speak to owners, talk to users, find out what they want and build what they want.
I think it's a time when things can get done," he said, and referring to the city's administration, Aarons added "I think there's a new mood to want to get things done.
It's a small tower surrounded by a lot of light and air on all sides," Aarons said.
About 18 months ago, Aarons recalled, they assembled what he deemed "one of the best teams in terms of professional assistance that has ever been put together to do a major real estate project in New York City.
You could have replicated the Real Estate Board dinner by one of our ordinary working sessions," Aarons joked.
There are a lot of people in the industry and in the business who helped us to get where we wanted to be," Aarons added.
Aarons said everybody pulled together to answer the question: How can we take what the city says they want on the site and how can we make sure our particular building fits into what the City of New York has said belongs on that site?