The Trump Files: When Donald Struck Oil on the Upper West Side

Until the election, we're bringing you "The Trump Files," a daily dose of telling episodes, strange-but-true stories, or curious scenes from the life of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Donald Trump, oil tycoon? That's what it sounded like in 1985, when Trump announced he had struck oil on a sprawling vacant lot he owned on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

''Isn't it amazing?'' Mr. Trump told the New York Times. "It's a classic major oil find in Manhattan."

Not quite. The oil wasn't...

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