New York Real Estate News

Saturday, August 13, 2016

  • Tribeca Citizen - Seen & Heard: The Scourge of TriBeCa”
    8/13/2016 @ 5:31 AM - ••• Ive waited till now to start a Change.org petition because I wanted to save it for something important: insisting that Apple stop autocorrecting Tribeca” to TriBeCa.” Please sign it. ••• Not sure if this rises to the level of Nosy Neighbor, but who is the lady in City Hall Park that has recently started serenading people as they walk through?” asks Chris. Yesterday I got Slow down you move too fast and today it was Pretty Woman, which I am sure was not aimed at me. She looks completely normal-would never assume she was a homeless person or otherwise of her rocker. She stands on the west side of the fountain which would...
  • Quartz - You can count the number of historians who publicly support Donald Trump on one hand
    8/13/2016 @ 5:01 AM - US presidential candidate and Yum! Brands connoisseur Donald Trump enjoys absurdly low support from various American groups, namely blacks and Hispanics. An NBC News poll from July found that 0% of black voters supported Trump in the crucial battleground states of Ohio and Pennsylvania. As it turns out, theres another group of Americans who dont care for the businessman-historians. There are reportedly only five historians in the United States who openly support Donald Trump, according to Rick Shenkman, the publisher of History News Network , a site that curates op-eds by historians and publishes news about the profession. (Shenkman himself is not an academic, though HNNs advisory board counts several academic historians, including professors...
  • Quartz - Using Airbnb in Rios impoverished favelas harms Brazilians
    8/13/2016 @ 5:01 AM - Hundreds of thousands of tourists are flocking to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games. In order to meet the shortage of hotel accommodation, the city has made the online rental platform Airbnb an official partner for the games. The company now lists 25,000 units in Rio-a massive rise from only 900 in 2012. With Brazil's economy in the doldrums, some have praised the platform as a way for Cariocas (residents of Rio) to make extra money during the games. Nowhere would this be more welcome than in Rio's favelas-neighborhoods that are home to some of the city's poorest inhabitants. From the beachfront neighborhoods of Copacabana and Ipanema, one can...
  • Quartz - The history of the tango is actually kind of gay
    8/13/2016 @ 5:00 AM - The tango, a traditional Argentinean dance, is typically associated with strong, dark men and long-limbed women acting out sex in dance form. Or, as Julie Taylor, anthropology professor at Rice University says, 'over-the-top heterosexist drag.' From this perspective, the past few years of queer tango in Argentina are an innovation, an adaptation from the traditional gender roles. But, despite a mythology that links the tango with brothels, historical research shows that the tango was danced by male couples from the beginning. And so, rather than pushing boundaries, queer tango is a return to the origins of the dance. The first published tangos date to the 1870s, suggesting the dance began informally the previous decade, at a time when...
  • The Guardian - Don't like Hillary Clinton? You need to watch Parks And Recreation
    8/13/2016 @ 4:00 AM - Obviously Clinton is Leslie Knope, the blond politico, ambitious to her bones, who, whatever you think of her politics, is undeniably devoted to public service It seems increasingly obvious to me that the only sensible way to look at the US election is through the prism of Parks And Recreation . This American sitcom, which sadly came to the end of its six-year run last year, starred Amy Poehler as local government official Leslie Knope, and once you start seeing the parallels between the lovely fictional show and the horrible reality shitshow, it makes the latter feel more bearable. Obviously Hillary Clinton is Leslie, the blond politico, ambitious to her bones, who,...
  • Fortune - CEO Daily: Who's backing Trump?
    8/13/2016 @ 1:32 AM - Saturday Morning Post: The Weekly View from Washington The widely accepted notion that an army of the economically dispossessed forms the core of Donald Trump's support may be more myth than fact. That's the conclusion of a massive new study by Gallup that analyzed 87,000 interviews the polling organization conducted over the last year. It found that Trump supporters aren't suffering more acutely than the rest of the population from the effects of trade or immigration. Nor are they likelier to earn less or to be out of work. And even among white Republicans, Trump doesn't perform better in those communities that have seen manufacturing jobs disappear over the last quarter-century. Polling indicates Trump's...

Friday, August 12, 2016

  • New York Post - Neil Patrick Harris wants to bring a little magic to Midtown
    8/12/2016 @ 11:06 PM - Magic will happen. A formal lease has finally been inked for a magic and culinary-filled event space along Midtown Manhattan's Billionaire's Row being curated and produced by Neil Patrick Harris - in collaboration with the producers of events that include 'Queen of the Night,' The Post has learned. Broker Alex Picken of Picken Real Estate confirmed...
  • Gant Daily - Hacker releases cell phone numbers, personal emails of House Democrats
    8/12/2016 @ 9:30 PM - The hacker calling themselves Guccifer 2.0” is claiming credit for the Friday night release of personal cell phone numbers and private email addresses of Democratic House members. The data posted to their WordPress blog file also contains the contact information for staff members and campaign aides. In the trove of information released on Friday Guccifer 2.0” also uploaded files to the blog post that contains login information to subscription services used by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, including Lexis-Nexis and Washington newspapers. In a statement, DCCC Press Secretary Meredith Kelly said: As previously noted, the DCCC has been the target of a cybersecurity incident, and we are cooperating with federal law enforcement in their ongoing...
  • Curbed - East Harlem's affordable housing stock may be in jeopardy
    8/12/2016 @ 6:00 PM - The neighborhood may lose 25 percent of its affordable housing by 2040 Mayor Bill de Blasio may be charging forward with several rezoning proposals to fulfill his affordable housing agenda, but housing advocates are concerned that the city's current stock of affordable housing might fall through the cracks. Nowhere is this more evident than in East Harlem, DNAinfo reports , based on a new study [PDF!] published by public policy think tank, Regional Plan Association. As much as 25 percent of the neighborhood's affordable housing stock could shrink by 2040, the report claims citing the future expiration of several affordable housing deals. The study was conducted in collaboration with the local community board, Community...
  • Gothamist - Extra, Extra: When Flying Cockroaches Attack
    8/12/2016 @ 5:59 PM - Groundhogs staking out City Hall, Donald Trump sarcasm, Crown Heights gets a Modell's, flying roaches, and more day's end links. Don't forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter , Instagram , YouTube , and Snapchat , and like us on Facebook . You can also get the top stories mailed to you sign up here . [ more › ]
  • DNA Info New York - Hundreds of Staten Islanders Without Power, Con Ed Says
    8/12/2016 @ 5:53 PM - The utility company was suffering from 'equipment problems' Friday afternoon, the company said.
  • AOL Real Estate - Firefighters make leap to smokejumping
    8/12/2016 @ 5:07 PM - Firefighters make leap to smokejumping WINTHROP, Wash., Aug 12 (Reuters) - On a 100-degree day in early June, Matt Mueller did sit-ups in a semicircle with seven other experienced firefighters training to parachute into a wildfire. Better known as "rookie candidates," they were determined to make it through the five-week program at North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, where the first experimental jumps occurred in 1939. "It's sort of the spiritual home of smokejumping," said David Ryder, who photographed the latest group of rookies for Reuters. "These guys are the elite of the elite." The 32-year-old freelance photographer said covering the record-setting wildfires in his home state of Washington over the past...
  • AOL Real Estate - Donald Trump just got hit with another wave of brutal polls from swing states
    8/12/2016 @ 5:01 PM - Donald Trump just got hit with another wave of brutal polls from swing states try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} The polls are getting worse for Donald Trump . On Friday, NBC News/The Wall Street Journal/Marist released polls for the traditional swing states of Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, and Virginia. Those polls found Trump to be facing long odds in three of the four, while he remained behind Hillary Clinton by a sizable gap in the other. Trump was trailing Clinton by 5 points in Florida, 9 points in North Carolina, 13 points in Virginia, and 14 points in Colorado among registered voters polled by...
  • The Real Deal - Panelists announced for TRD's annual Miami showcase
    8/12/2016 @ 5:01 PM - The Real Deal is gearing up for our biggest South Florida Real Estate Showcase & Forum ever - so big we had to book a larger venue to keep up with demand. Last years event drew a crowd of more than 4,500 real estate professionals, and were expecting an even bigger industry turnout this year. The 2016 show will be held at Soho Studios on Oct. 20. The event will include a full day of programming, including four panels and more than 50 exhibits featuring … [more]
  • Curbed - Former Nets star Thaddeus Young lists Brooklyn condo for $6.3M
    8/12/2016 @ 5:00 PM - Now that he's an Indiana Pacer, a Brooklyn condo probably isn't necessary Now that former Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young is officially a Pacer (and is presumably putting down roots in Indianapolis), he doesn't really need the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom apartment he purchased at One Brooklyn Bridge Park not quite a year ago. And so the unit is back on the market for $6.3 million, which is just about $1 million more than what he paid for it (h/t The Real Deal ). It has all of the high-end amenities that you'd expect from one of Brooklyn's priciest buildings : chef's kitchen, master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, a laundry room, and even...
  • Gant Daily - The 15 most provocative Trump magazine and tabloid covers
    8/12/2016 @ 4:30 PM - These past three weeks have been tough for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Thats reflected in the new Time magazine cover featuring an orange Trump melting down. Trumps campaign has been unconventional since the get-go which has resulted in a number of standout magazine and tabloid newspaper covers. Here are some of the most memorable so far: Time Magazine, Aug. 22 Time magazines latest cover features a dripping Trump with a single-word headline: Meltdown.” The story featured in the magazine breaks down all of the missteps of Trumps campaign in the weeks after the Republican National Convention. The New Yorker, Aug. 22 ...
  • Brownstoner - Three Houses With Parking and One With a Pool to See This Weekend, Starting at $589K
    8/12/2016 @ 4:26 PM - If you haven't skedaddled out of town to avoid the ongoing heat wave, there are open houses to see this weekend. Three have parking, one a pool, and at least one has air conditioning. They can be found in Carroll Gardens, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst and Flatlands. In Carroll Gardens, we… Read More > The post Three Houses With Parking and One With a Pool to See This Weekend, Starting at $589K appeared first on Brownstoner .
  • The Real Deal - Indie music tycoon pays $2M for BK townhouse with controversial past
    8/12/2016 @ 4:17 PM - From Luxury Listings NYC: Indie music producer Darius Van Arman has purchased a townhouse in the controversial development at 8 Downing Street in Clinton Hill for $2.3 million. The development, which also includes 4 Downing Street, was previously the site of the famous 'Broken Angel House,' where the artist Arthur Wood transformed an abandoned building into a livable piece of art for himself, his late wife and their children. After a fire in 2006, Wood was … [more]
  • Curbed - Steeply discounted One57 pad is NYC's priciest sale this week
    8/12/2016 @ 4:17 PM - The sponsor unit sold for $21.5 million, or $6.6 million less than it was asking When One57 hit the market, condos were selling (and reselling) for so many millions that the 57th Street tower soon became known as The Billionaire Building . And while that nickname has more to do with exactly who was dishing up for the pricey (and oddly selective ) pads, the building has become somewhat less exclusive in years past as prices have dipped just a teensy-weensy bit. For example: the Times points out that the priciest residential sale to close in NYC this week is a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom sponsor unit that...
  • Salon - Ann Coulter needs a dictionary - and so does Donald Trump
    8/12/2016 @ 3:42 PM - Ann Coulter (Credit: AP/Andy Kropa/ Masson via Shutterstock ) Quick question, my right-wing friends - howd you do on the verbal of your SATs? Because Im concerned you dont seem to know what words mean. Im not talking the ornate, sesquipedalian variety. I mean really basic ones.  Can we take up a collection to get you a dictionary? First, of course, theres Trump, whose grip on basic vocabulary words like sexism ,” rigged ” and war hero ” has long been shaky. At a rally on Wednesday, he said that President Barack Obama is the founder of ISIS. He founded ISIS.” On Thursday, he reiterated the assertion, telling Hugh Hewitt,...
  • Realtor.com News - For Ceilings, What a Difference a Foot Makes
    8/12/2016 @ 3:30 PM - Jason Henry for The Wall Street Journal In a crowded luxury-condo market, developers are betting there's at least one way to rise above the competition-add a few extra inches. The end of the standard 8-foot-high ceiling may be near, as builders tout ceiling heights of 11, 12 and even 20 feet. And buyers are paying a premium for the extra head space. In San Francisco, one of the most expensive condos in the city, a $15 million penthouse under construction in the Lumina, will have up to 18-foot ceilings. In Boston, a 13,000-square-foot penthouse with up to 14-foot ceilings at Millennium Tower is under contract for north of $30 million, setting a...
  • Bedford + Bowery - Get Blasted for a Good Cause at This Black Lives Matter Fundraiser
    8/12/2016 @ 3:30 PM - (flyer via Friends and Lovers) When America is faced with what seems to be an endless stream of police brutality, discrimination, and gentrification toward black and brown individuals, sharing an article for the fifth time can start to feel fruitless. Those of us who continue to see this kind of gut-wrenching news on our social media feeds can start to wonder what exactly we can do to help. Well, tonight there's a tangible way to make some sort of a difference: Crown Heights bar and venue Friends and Lovers is throwing a big ol' dance party with performances, DJ sets, and raffles to benefit the NYC chapter of Black Lives...
  • DNA Info New York - Building With Art Gallery, Indoor Farming Terraces Envisioned for Chelsea
    8/12/2016 @ 3:28 PM - Weston Baker Creative's hypothetical revolving glass building would rise next to the High Line.
  • The Real Deal - Possible One57 Hyatt sale is litmus test for hotel market
    8/12/2016 @ 3:21 PM - The Park Hyatt in Midtown's luxury tower One57 is one of more than 30 New York City hotels currently for sale, sources say, in what could become a litmus test for the weakening hospitality market. Jeffrey Davis, who heads JLL's New York hospitality division, called the number of hotels on the market 'unprecedented.' The spike comes as observers stress about the near-term strength of the hotel market amid declining hospitality revenues and volatility in the … [more]
  • Brownstoner - Are Brooklyns Skyline and Tall-Building Boom Banal”? A Closer Look at What the Experts Say
    8/12/2016 @ 3:21 PM - The Brooklyn skyline has been sprouting quickly, but the tall towers are mostly banal and not worthy of Brooklyn's reputation as a creative center, according to the Wall Street Journal. What is needed are "distinctive profiles" that help make a skyline "iconic," the Yale School of Architecture Dean Deborah Berke… Read More > The post Are Brooklyns Skyline and Tall-Building Boom Banal”? A Closer Look at What the Experts Say appeared first on Brownstoner .
  • Observer - Ina Garten Has a New Park Avenue Kitchen to Prep
    8/12/2016 @ 3:20 PM - For when Ina and Jeffrey Garten aren't making Barefoot Contessa magic in East Hampton, of course
  • Curbed - First look at Long Island City's gas station-replacing condo
    8/12/2016 @ 3:15 PM - The six-story condo will come with 37 apartments The ever-increasing frequency with which gas stations are being replaced by condos isn't a phenomenon restricted solely to Manhattan. Queens is feeling the pinch as well. Developers have unveiled the first rendering for a six-story condo that will rise on the former home of a gas station at the corner of 41st Avenue and 23rd Street in Long Island City, YIMBY reports . Foundation work is currently underway, and plans here call for 37 condos that will be stacked on top of commercial space which will likely be photo studios. Units on average will be about 680 square feet which leads YIMBY ...
  • Gant Daily - RNC Chair Priebus rallies with Trump
    8/12/2016 @ 3:15 PM - Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus introduced Donald Trump at a Friday afternoon rally, a show of unity with the GOP nominee as he struggles in the polls. Priebus talked up his partys nominee and slammed Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Were in a battle for freedom in this country. Donald Trump is going to help protect our country,” Priebus told a boisterous Erie, Pennsylvania crowd. Look at the choice weve got. Hillary Clinton has a problem with lying. She lied. She lied. And she lied over and over and over again.” Such appearances by a party chair are not unusual in a presidential campaign, but this one stands out in an election cycle with Trump lagging...
  • DNA Info New York - East Harlem's Affordable Housing 'Under Threat,' Report Warns
    8/12/2016 @ 3:09 PM - East Harlem could lose 25 percent of its affordable housing stock in the next 40 years, a report says.
  • Realtor.com News - Elisabeth and Tim Hasselbeck Make a Move From Greenwich to Nashville
    8/12/2016 @ 3:01 PM - John Lamparski/WireImage TV host Elisabeth Hasselbeck and her husband, ex-jock  Tim , have finally sold their  Greenwich, CT,  home for $4.56 million. Theyre moving south to a $2 million brick house in a Nashville, TN,  suburb, Variety reports. The Hasselbecks  Colonial-style home  in the heart of Greenwich sits on 1.5 level acres and features a pool, playhouses, covered porch, and entertainment terraces. Inside, the seven-bedroom, 7,600-square-foot house has high ceilings and custom millwork, front-to-back entry hall, marble fireplaces, and a mahogany library. The master suite has a fireplace, sitting room, and his-and-her walk-in closets. There's also a third-floor playroom with guest quarters. The house originally went on the market in...
  • Gothamist - Video: Queens Community Says Proposed Shelter Residents Should 'Go Back To East New York'
    8/12/2016 @ 2:58 PM - Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Steven Banks was drowned out by hundreds of angry Queens residents on Thursday night, as he attempted to make a case for a new homeless shelter for adult families in place of the Holiday Inn Express at 59-40 55th Road in Maspeth. [ more › ]
  • DNA Info New York - 12-Story Residential Tower Set to Rise on Fulton Street in Fort Greene
    8/12/2016 @ 2:52 PM - The building at 810 Fulton St. will feature 363 units, 20 of which will be affordable.
  • Dezeen - US job of the week: business development director at Hollwich Kushner
    8/12/2016 @ 2:46 PM - Our US job of the week on Dezeen Jobs  is for a business development coordinator at New York studio Hollwich Kushner , which designed a residential skyscraper set to become the tallest building in New Jersey (pictured). Visit the ad for full details or browse other architecture and design opportunities on Dezeen Jobs .
  • The Real Deal - Government briefs: NYC's new subway cars, Pier 55 can proceed & more
    8/12/2016 @ 2:40 PM - From the August issue: As part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's $27 billion, five-year capital plan, the city is slated to receive 1,025 new subway cars, with features such as wider doors and accordion-like passageways that allow riders to move between cars, the New York Times reported. Last month, a State Supreme Court appeals judge lifted an injunction blocking the construction of a 2.4-acre public park on the Hudson River known as Pier 55, Curbed NY … [more]
  • DNA Info New York - Land a $895 One-Bedroom Apartment in Luxury Tower Overlooking East River
    8/12/2016 @ 2:34 PM - Applications open soon at 626 First Ave., a waterfront luxury building in Murray Hill.
  • Curbed - Which lovely East Village co-op under $1 million would you buy?
    8/12/2016 @ 2:30 PM - Cast your vote Imagine you have around $900,000 to spend on a place and you've narrowed it down to two East Village apartments. How do you make up your mind? The answer is simple: you shove them into a metaphorical cage and let them battle it out until one emerges victorious. It's time for Real Estate Deathmatch . Address: 546 East 11th Street #2B / 126 East 12th Street #1D Price: $825,000 $899,000 Monthly Fees: $658 $1,613 Type: Co-op Co-op Beds,...
  • BuzzFeed - 29 Things That Would Definitely Happen If Simone Biles Were Your Best Friend
    8/12/2016 @ 2:09 PM - Youd have a 100-day Snapchat streak. Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images 1. If Simone Biles were your best friend, if you ever got upset she would offer to do a mind-blowing tumbling pass across your house, and you'd tearfully whisper "yes please", and she'd do it and you,d feel much better. 2. If Simone Biles were your best friend, you would always be the first to like her tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook statuses. 3. If Simone Biles were your best friend, she would never forget your birthday, even if she was super busy traveling and training. Each year as...
  • Brownstoner - Crown Heights Art Deco Bank to Become Modells Sporting Goods
    8/12/2016 @ 2:01 PM - Crown Heights North's art deco stunner on 1117 Eastern Parkway, most recently the location of a Popular Community Bank branch, will reopen as a Modell's Sporting goods, a tipster has informed Brownstoner. Modell's signage is already up above the building's main entrance and front windows, as shown in the top… Read More > The post Crown Heights Art Deco Bank to Become Modells Sporting Goods appeared first on Brownstoner .
  • Curbed - No end in sight for fight over Port Authority Bus Terminal redesign
    8/12/2016 @ 2:00 PM - Elected officials continue to voice opposition to the design competition The squabble surrounding the Port Authority Bus Terminal redesign continues this week. After it was revealed last month that elected officials were opposed to the design competition to determine a winner for the redesign, the Port Authority is now calling on those disgruntled elected officials to come up with their own proposals if they're unhappy with the current process, DNAinfo reports . Elected officials like Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Councilman Corey Johnson have expressed opposition to the current process on the grounds that the whole process has not had enough public input right from the start. Port Authority...
  • Gant Daily - McConnell: Keeping GOP Senate very dicey
    8/12/2016 @ 1:45 PM - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is bluntly warning that his partys chances of hanging onto its majority in the Senate this fall are very dicey.” Speaking at a local Chamber of Commerce event in Middletown, Kentucky on Thursday, McConnell, in video posted by a local news outlet CN/2, didnt specifically link the partys diminishing standing to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trumps slide in both national polls and those in key battleground states. But the GOP leader said the challenging landscape for Republicans in 2016 was because they are defending more seats than the Democrats. Its very dicey,” McConnell said. We have, we meaning Senate Republicans have 24 members up. Our Democratic friends only...
  • NYT Real Estate - On the Market: Homes for Sale in New York and Connecticut
    8/12/2016 @ 1:31 PM - This week’s properties include a five-bedroom in North Stamford, Conn., and a four-bedroom in Bayville, N.Y.
  • NYT Real Estate - On the Market: Homes for Sale in Brooklyn and Manhattan
    8/12/2016 @ 1:31 PM - This weeks properties are on the Upper East Side, the Lower East Side and in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.
  • Observer - Justin And Indre Rockefeller Part Ways With Eclectic Park Avenue Home
    8/12/2016 @ 1:25 PM - The Rockefeller offspring and his fashion exec wife lived in the Flatiron pad for nearly a decade
  • The Real Deal - Bronx superintendent gets 25 years in prison for killing tenant
    8/12/2016 @ 1:21 PM - A building superintendent was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday for killing a tenant following a rent dispute. Nasean Bonie, 30, was sentenced for killing Ramona Moore, a 35-year-old tenant of 663 Jefferson Place in Claremont section of the Bronx, the New York Daily News reported. Moore went missing in July 2012, following an argument with Bonie over rent in the building. During the month-long trial, a neighbor testified that he saw Bonie drag a … [more]
  • Fortune - The Chinese Company That Beat Macy's To Department Store Closings
    8/12/2016 @ 1:19 PM - Westerners often underestimate how good China's private businesses are at swiftly adapting to consumer tastes. That's why the news of Macys closing 100 stores, or about 15% of its total, seems tame from a Chinese perspective. Macy's relevance, even if it is a most storied department store brand, is fading amid the rise of Amazon.com and countless Brooklyn-inspired startups peddling online luxury underwear and entire outfits. A similarly popular Chinese department store chain has faced the dynamics as Macy's over the past few years. Fewer shoppers and harsh online competition cut into traffic and profits. The Chinese brand responded by slashing...
  • Gant Daily - Why we need Simone, Gabby and Laurie
    8/12/2016 @ 1:15 PM - Dream Team! Thats what I call this years Womens Olympic Gymnastics Team and for more reasons than one. First, I have been to every Summer Olympics since 1984 and the USA has never been so dominant. And second: This team features three gymnasts, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and Lauren Laurie” Hernandez, who have been inspiring so many young girls of color. The make-up of this team, rounded out by Aly Raisman, who is Jewish, and Madison Kocian, who is Catholic, is making everyone proud. This team looks, finally, like America. It also has solidified the black and Latina female presence at the top of this sport. For the past four...
  • Quartz - Laurie Hernandez doesnt have the medals of Simone Biles, but shes marketing gold
    8/12/2016 @ 1:11 PM - Some athletes celebrate major wins by going to Disney World . Others celebrate with champagne. But when US gymnast Laurie Hernandez returns from the Rio games, shes heading to a Wawa convenience store. At least thats where her brother Marcus promised to take his gold-medal-winning sister as soon as she lands in her home state of New Jersey. The US East Coast convenience-store chain did not reply to our request for a comment, so we dont know if Wawa plans to seek an endorsement from the gymnast herself. But if its not, it should be. The bubbly 16-year-old is a marketing juggernaut in the making. Simone Biles, who clinched...
  • Brooklyn Magazine - No Joke: Brooklyn Rents went Down Last Month
    8/12/2016 @ 1:00 PM - Weve all had the experience in the past five years of walking the streets of Brooklyn while dodging excessive scaffolding and construction dust. More of these sites have popped up month by month, more re-routed walks devised to avoid them, and, before long, youve forgotten what anything looked like before the whole neighborhood became a construction party. But  one  good thing has come of it all. As DNAinfo tells us , from a report made by Douglas Elliman, this housing boom has led to a greater number of available rentals, and more rental vacancies, as of last July, than in any other month in the last seven years. And that has prompted brokers to lower rental...
  • NYT Real Estate - Big Ticket: $21.5 Million for Three Bedrooms at One57
    8/12/2016 @ 1:00 PM - A three-bedroom apartment on the 64th floor of the 90 story skyscraper was the sale of the week.
  • Curbed - What changes do you want to see in NYC's subway system?
    8/12/2016 @ 12:56 PM - Sound off in the comments Not too long ago, Governor Cuomo announced that the MTA would roll out a number of changes to the NYC subway in an attempt to modernize the aging transit system. Chief among those is the introduction of more than 1,000 new subway cars (some of which will have an open-gangway design ) that'll be filled with tech-focused upgrades: Wi-Fi, USB ports, the whole nine yards. Some subway stations will get revamped; others will get better wayfinding systems; and countdown clocks are apparently coming to more stations. These are all good things, right? Well, sure, in theory-but we all know how long it can actually take for improvements to actually...
  • AOL Real Estate - Democratic presidential nominee Clinton paid 34.2 pct federal tax rate in 2015
    8/12/2016 @ 12:37 PM - Democratic presidential nominee Clinton paid 34.2 pct federal tax rate in 2015 try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} WASHINGTON, Aug 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton paid an effective federal tax rate of 34.2 percent last year and a combined federal, state and local effective tax rate of 43.2 percent, her campaign said on Friday. Clinton's running mate, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, along with his wife, Anne Holton, paid a federal effective tax rate of 20.3 percent in 2015, the campaign said. "Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine continue to set the standard for financial transparency," Clinton campaign aide Jennifer Palmieri said in a...
  • Brick Underground - Rents in Brooklyn and Queens have finally gone down-but there's a catch
    8/12/2016 @ 12:30 PM - After so many months of rising rents, the brakes are being applied (a little).
  • StreetEasy - American Copper Buildings Open Housing Lottery for Qualified Renters
    8/12/2016 @ 12:29 PM - In a city that is busting upwards with a slew of interesting new residential towers, something completely different is going up on the east side of Midtown Manhattan that is turning heads. A new residential property called  American Copper Buildings  is underway in the Murray Hill/Kips Bay neighborhood. The modern, angular towers are located at 626 First Avenue , next to the East River and when theyre complete, theyre expected to make their mark on the citys skyline. The bent tops of the towers are so startling that city emergency officials once alarmingly wondered if something was going wrong with the construction process. But the off-kilter look is intentional and...
  • Curbed - Large, airy Prospect Heights co-op with vintage charm wants $887,000
    8/12/2016 @ 12:19 PM - The 1,165 square foot apartment comes with two bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms Welcome back to The Six Digit Club , in which we take a look at a newish-to-market listing priced under $1 million, because nice things sometimes come in small packages. Send nominations to the tipline . Located on the third floor of a turn of the century brownstone in Prospect Heights, this co-op spans 1,165 square feet and comes with two bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. The two bedrooms are located side by side on one end of the apartment and overlook Prospect Place, while the living, dining, kitchen, and a den are located on the other end of the apartment....
  • Property Shark - Top 20 NYC New Projects Proposed So Far in 2016
    8/12/2016 @ 12:15 PM - The city is ablaze with new developments in whats been called by Forbes  the best time to be a real estate developer since 2007. The level of investment opportunity in Queens has attracted the spotlight, and in the first 7 months of 2016, the total square footage of proposed development space was almost three times as much as in Manhattan or Brooklyn. See below the 20 largest projects that have filed for construction permits between January and July 2016. #1. 586 Gulf Avenue , Staten Island Developer:   Staten Island Marine Development Architect:   Marguelies Hoelzli Architecture Proposed total area : 970,000...
  • Hallmark Abstract LLC - New York City Real Estate, Government Edicts And The Inevitable Unintended Consequences!
    8/12/2016 @ 12:05 PM - Most if not all of us have heard the phrase that the road to hell is paved with good intentions! Given that, is it also a sad truth that many government policies once implemented, have unintended consequences the majority of which seem to be more painful than helpful for the masses? For the sake of this argument and […]
  • The Real Deal - City to offer low-interest loans to up-and-coming developers
    8/12/2016 @ 12:01 PM - So youre a small-time developer seeking a toehold in the high-stakes real estate industry? No problem. The citys got your back. In an effort to give smaller developers a leg up, the city launched a low-interest loan program to help developers buy sites and develop residential, commercial and industrial projects, Crains reported. The Emerging Developer Loan Fund will be run by the city and a subsidiary of Manhattan-based lender Basis Investment Group. At the outset, … [more]
  • AOL Real Estate - This guy is 'the next Warren Buffett'
    8/12/2016 @ 12:00 PM - This guy is 'the next Warren Buffett' try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} Some phenomena happen so rarely that we'll wait years to see them, like the reappearance of Halley's Comet or the Detroit Lions winning their first Super Bowl. In the same vein, there are some visionaries who come along only once every few generations, leaving such a huge mark on business and popular culture, it's hard to imagine they could ever be matched. Think Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs and Warren Buffett. In the business world, Buffett - affectionately known as the Oracle of Omaha - is one of the biggest names in the 21st century, with an unerring, almost...
  • Gothamist - New 'New Yorker' Cover Features (Sad!) Rain-Soaked Donald Trump
    8/12/2016 @ 11:58 AM - There's a kind of exhaustion some people are feeling with Donald Trump at this point in the campaign cycle, and while words can do the feeling justice, art can as well. Next week's New Yorker cover illustration by Barry Blitt features Donald Trump being rained on (and catching raindrops in his teeny tiny hand), an apt metaphor for the rolling disaster that his campaign has been in the last week. Or maybe the week before that? Or just going back to right after his convention bounce really, which wasn't much of a bounce at all. [ more › ]
  • Gawker - News Organizations Ask NY State Supreme Court to Unseal Trump's 1990 Divorce Records
    8/12/2016 @ 11:40 AM - On Thursday, the New York Times and USA Today parent company Gannett requested that the New York State Supreme Court unseal records from Donald Trump's contentious 1990 divorce with Ivana Trump. During one deposition, Ivana reportedly accused Trump of sexual assault . The divorce ended in a settlement agreement, and Ivana has endorsed Donald's candidacy, denying that he ever assaulted her. Read more...
  • Brownstoner - Jean Cameron-Smith: Relocating Brooklynites to Westchester for 20 Years
    8/12/2016 @ 11:31 AM - Jean Cameron-Smith has been helping people move from Brooklyn to Westchester for almost 20 years.https://vimeo.com/132969542The William Raveis agent is well versed in what this transition entails and can help you complete it successfully.Cameron-Smith shares a few stories about how she's been able to help people find the right town and the right house."One couple was looking for… Read More > The post Jean Cameron-Smith: Relocating Brooklynites to Westchester for 20 Years appeared first on Brownstoner .
  • Curbed - Massive residential development planned for Rockaway Park
    8/12/2016 @ 11:30 AM - Four nine-story buildings are planned near the Beach 116th St. subway stop A massive new residential project is planned at Rockaway Park near the Beach 116th Street subway stop, The Rockaway Times first reported . Development firm, the Marcal Group, is planning to construct four, nine-story residential buildings that stretch between Beach 115th Street and Beach 117th Street and include 240,000 square feet of residential space. The site encompasses vacant lots and some abandoned buildings including a restaurant and a catering hall, which had sat vacant for five years before the Marcal Group scooped it up for $5 million in December last year, according to DNAinfo . While there aren't...
  • EV Grieve - EV Grieve Etc.: Good vibes at Thursday Kitchen; dog days of summer for the red-tailed hawks
    8/12/2016 @ 11:30 AM - [ Downpour photo from yesterday by Derek Berg ] High marks for Thursday Kitchen on East Ninth Street ( Gothamist ... previously ) Rivington House co-owner, Slate Property Group, facing new scrutiny ( The Lo-Down ) Operators of Vintage Thrift, a nonprofit that funnels its funds into organizations for low-income Lower East Siders, needs new warehouse space - soon ( DNAinfo ) NYC Best Pizza listicle includes Joe's on East 14th Street ( Gothamist ) "The Lost Arcade" - a documentary on the legendary Chinatown Fair arcade on Mott Street - opens today at the Metrograph on Ludlow Street ( Official website ) Another report on...
  • Sotheby's International Realty - Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in August 2016
    8/12/2016 @ 11:30 AM - Highlights from this week's top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home. $3,275,000 USD | Orange Beach, Alabama | Kaiser Sothebys International Realty The 5,200-square-foot house sits on just over an acre. There are four bedrooms in the main residence, in addition to a bedroom in the attached guest suite. There's also a two-car garage with a workshop.” In Alabama, a Contemporary Residence with Bayou Views – Mansion Global A Horta House in Belgium with Art Nouveau Appeal –  International New York Times For Sale: 6 Cool Geometric Homes...
  • NYT Real Estate - A Very Tall Rental in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
    8/12/2016 @ 11:24 AM - A Brooklyn building that got off to a rough start with neighbors, has begun leasing.
  • The Real Deal - Cove Property, Baupost to pay $330M for 441 Ninth Ave.
    8/12/2016 @ 11:22 AM - Kevin Hoo's Cove Property Group and hedge fund the Baupost Group are in contract to buy the office building at 441 Ninth Avenue on Manhattan's Far West Side for $330 million. The seller, insurance firm EmblemHealth, currently occupies the entire 423,000-square-foot building but is set to move out within a year. CBRE represented the seller, Real Estate Alert reported. EmblemHealth's predecessor Group Health bought the former warehouse, located between West 34th and 35th streets, in … [more]
  • AOL Real Estate - 'Traitor!': Florida man unleashes tirade at media following Trump rally
    8/12/2016 @ 11:17 AM - 'Traitor!': Florida man unleashes tirade at media following Trump rally try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} A Florida man calling himself an "American patriot" unleashed a verbal assault on the assembled press following Republican nominee Donald Trump 's rally in Kissimmee, Florida, on Thursday night. "Up yours!" he exclaimed, waving his raised middle finger at the press pen located at the back of the venue, before shouting "traitor!" at an unspecified member of the press. RELATED: Trump rally in Anaheim As he was approached by CNN's Noah Gray, the man turned toward the reporter, shouting, "I am a patriot and you are a traitor!"...
  • Brick Underground - Essential reading for New Yorkers, the greenest block in Brooklyn, and more
    8/12/2016 @ 11:15 AM - Plus, a neighborhood oyster happy hour guide and a must-see new transit map.
  • Crain's New York Business - Buyers of Watchtower Building got $376 million in financing
    8/12/2016 @ 11:05 AM - A partnership that bought the Jehovah's Witnesses' Watchtower building in Brooklyn got some help from two big firms. Affiliates of private equity giant Blackstone Group and commercial landlord SL... To view the full story, click the title link.
  • Brownstoner - Brooklyn Real Estate Listings Six Months Later: Three Sold, One for Over Ask
    8/12/2016 @ 11:01 AM - This week we're looking back at four listings we featured six months ago to see how they fared. Three of the homes sold, one for over ask. This one-family townhouse in Crown Heights -- previously a House of the Day -- has been completely renovated in thoroughly modern style, with… Read More > The post Brooklyn Real Estate Listings Six Months Later: Three Sold, One for Over Ask appeared first on Brownstoner .
  • Curbed - East Village's forthcoming Target outpost will open in 2018
    8/12/2016 @ 11:00 AM - The big-box chain's 'flexible format' store will occupy the ground floor of an Extell development Brace yourselves, East Villagers: the new "flexible-format" Target that's planned for East 14th Street will open its doors by 2018. The company shared more details on the development, along with a rendering of its facade, in a press release, and also clarified that whole "flexible-format" thing-essentially, it's a smaller store with a "locally-relevant, catered assortment for urban guests." (Their words, not ours.) The store will cover 27,000 square feet spread out over two levels: one on the ground floor, and one below that. In addition to the usual stuff that Target sells-housewares, clothing, food, etc. etc.-this store will offer items...
  • The Real Deal - APF lands $60M CMBS loan at 286 Madison
    8/12/2016 @ 10:44 AM - Kenneth Aschendorf and Berndt Perls APF Properties snagged a $60 million CMBS loan from Jefferies LoanCore to refinance 286 Madison Avenue in Midtown. APF purchased the 23-story building, between East 40th and 41st streets, for $44 million in 2006 from SL Green Realty. At the time, the landlord received a $32.7 million acquisition loan from Deutsche Bank. The 10-year loan from Jefferies has a fixed rate of 3.8 percent, and was arranged by Meridian Capital … [more]
  • Bedford + Bowery - At Escaping Time, Pruno's Not the Only thing Handcrafted with Pride in Prison
    8/12/2016 @ 10:31 AM - (Flyer via Escaping Time”) Governors Island  is more than just another out-of-the-way-ish New York City nook. After years of abandonment, the islands only recently embarked on a steady climb towards reclamation and it remains largely stuck in the past, having missed out on years of the progress seen by the rest of the city while interned as an exclusive home for military officers, then a coast guard haven, before it was abandoned altogether in 1996, left to hang in an off-limits sort of limbo, with nature serving as its only developer. Fresh off the ferry, you might be only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, but as you make your way inland, the Manhattan skyline starts to disappear, obscured by...
  • The Guardian - Barbra Streisand review - a legend's triumphant Brooklyn homecoming
    8/12/2016 @ 10:31 AM - Barclay's Center, New York A bravura performance revealed that while the voice has altered with age, her acting skills have grown to meet it Barbra Streisand stands as the only star to land No 1 albums in every one of the last six decades - a fact she made sure to point out near the start of her latest tour, which came to her home borough of Brooklyn on Thursday. Even so, she added, many people still can't accurately pronounce her name. 'It's Strei- sand - soft like sand,' the star schooled us from stage of the Barclays Center. 'You'd think after 50 years, people would pronounce it correctly.' Continue reading...
  • Curbed - First look at CetraRuddy's diner-replacing midtown apartment building
    8/12/2016 @ 10:30 AM - The 13-story building has 165 apartments over 125,000 square feet of space Last summer it was announced that a beloved, 50-year-old Midtown West diner would shutter and make way for an apartment building, to be developed by the Moinian Group. That project is now moving forward and YIMBY has scored the first rendering for the 13-story structure. The CetraRuddy-designed tower will rise on Eleventh Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets and include 165 apartments, though its not clear yet whether they will be rentals or condos. Based on the fact that the residential portion of the building will span 125,000 square feet or about 750 square feet for an average sized apartment, ...
  • Fortune - Term Sheet - Friday, August 12
    8/12/2016 @ 10:05 AM - Friday Feedback This is Erin Griffith filling in for Dan Primack while he's on vacation. New York is melting, Dan returns next week, and the deals news is as slow as a Friday in August. In other words, time for some Friday Feedback. [ts_bullet_primary] First up is my column on AngelList's three billion-dollar exits: Kevin writes: Down the line, AngelList will have some massive unicorn power law returns where syndicates played at attractive entry points. However, if we estimate that the AL syndicate for Cruise was the Series A near a $100 million valuation, the syndicate for Dollar Shave Club was at a $500...
  • The Real Deal - De Blasio's affordable housing plan faces pushback from political allies
    8/12/2016 @ 10:01 AM - Mayor Bill de Blasio is no stranger to criticism of his housing plan. But his hard-won Mandatory Inclusionary Housing policy is now facing pushback from an unexpected source: political allies who previously backed the administrations efforts to create more affordable housing. Although the City Council approved Mandatory Inclusionary Housing in March, individual projects are now stalling, Politico reported. These include a 209-unit complex in Sunnyside, a rent-regulated and luxury condominium project at the former Long … [more]
  • Curbed - 16 small towns near NYC you need to visit right now
    8/12/2016 @ 10:00 AM - Plan a day (or weekend) trip to one of these charming destinations, all of which are just a stone's throw from New York City It is a truth universally acknowledged (by New Yorkers, anyway) that summer in the city can be something of a beast, what with the ridiculous heat in subway stations, and that smell (you know what we're talking about) that permeates city streets until October. But instead of stewing in the heat, why not get out of town for a day or two? Thanks to our fair city's location-close to New England, the Jersey Shore, Long Island's beaches, and the lovely towns along the Hudson River upstate-there's a bevy of charming towns you...
  • StreetEasy - What is a Classic Six?
    8/12/2016 @ 9:38 AM - Many buyers in today's market are confused about a ubiquitous term in NYC real estate jargon: the 'classic six.' Put simply, 'classic' refers to prewar architecture  and 'six' refers to the six rooms. A classic six consists of a living room, formal dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms, and a maid's room (much smaller than the other bedrooms, and usually right off the kitchen). There are also usually at least two bathrooms and various closets and pantries, not included in the 'official' six rooms. Here is a floor plan of a classic six in which the maids room was turned into a study: The classic six apartment first gained popularity in the 1920s, and as...
  • AOL Real Estate - 'American Idol' alum Jax discusses her cancer battle: 'I'm running, I'm healthy and working out'
    8/12/2016 @ 9:26 AM - 'American Idol' alum Jax discusses her cancer battle: 'I'm running, I'm healthy and working out' try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} American Idol Season 14 alum Jax - who revealed this week that she has been battling thyroid cancer- has literally hit the ground running as she stares down the disease with a positive attitude and desire to get back to work. Dressed in a leather jacket and enjoying a healthy dinner at The Gusto Grill in her hometown of East Brunswick, New Jersey, the 20-year old tells Billboard she is not letting a little thing like cancer get in the way of her goals. As a matter of...
  • Curbed - Peek inside Waverly Brooklyn, Clinton Hill's condo with automated parking
    8/12/2016 @ 9:15 AM - The 48-condo building has unveiled two model apartments Waverly Brooklyn, the 48-condo building developed by Orange Management on the site of a Clinton Hill parking lot, launched sales in late June . Now nearly complete, the building at 500 Waverly Avenue has unveiled its two model units. The first, a three-bedroom, shows off a decent-sized living area with a dining nook. The apartment comes with two full baths, one of which is a master bedroom en suite. The same apartment on the floor above is asking $1.625 million, and is the priciest condo in the building that's currently on the market. The second model (of which there is only one photograph) is an efficient...
  • Observer - Art Dealer (and Prince Andrew Friend) Judith Hess Buys Soho Loft Atop Chanel
    8/12/2016 @ 9:13 AM - There's lots of wall space to display those Richard Prince and Jeff Koons pieces hanging in her last apartment
  • Crain's New York Business - Major developer finds Chinese partner for new Billionaire's Row tower
    8/12/2016 @ 9:12 AM - Extell Development Co., the builder that spearheaded a billionaire's condo district in midtown Manhattan with the construction of One57, said it's teaming up with a Chinese firm to build a luxury... To view the full story, click the title link.
  • Brokers Weekly - The importance of being furnished: why home staging is so crucial in selling
    8/12/2016 @ 9:01 AM - If you're a broker and you're not already using home staging, maybe you should be. Staging homes and apartments for viewings by prospective buyers has become a big business, and more and more members of the industry are getting in the game. Nationwide, 96 percent of brokers who work with buyers believe that staging a home that is listed for sale has an impact on a buyer's view of the home, according to a 2015 survey by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). They have good reason to believe that – the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development found that on average, a staged home will sell 17 percent higher than a comparable home that isn't...
  • Brokers Weekly - NEW DEVELOPMENT: DoBro building launches leasing, Village condo 40 percent sold
    8/12/2016 @ 9:01 AM - ? AVALONBAY Leasing launched in Downtown Brooklyn AvalonBay Communities, Inc. announced the launch of leasing at Avalon Willoughby Square, 326 upscale rental apartment homes located in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn. The thoughtfully-designed residences occupy floors 31 to 58 in the 634-foot, 58-story apartment building. Residents of the high rise, which is anticipated to receive a LEED Silver rating, will have access to a host of unique amenities, such as an enchanted forest-themed children's playroom, gorgeous rooftop spaces with indoor and outdoor lounge areas, dog parks divided for breeds of different sizes, a pet spa with JOG A DOG treadmill, and private dining room with demonstration kitchen. Designed by SLCE Architects with interiors by CETRA/Ruddy, the 399-...
  • Brokers Weekly - Hope Street's Hendrik condos offer hassle-free Brooklyn living
    8/12/2016 @ 9:01 AM - Hope Street Capital's new Hendrik condominium project is offering would-be residents an escape hatch from townhouse living. The building, which is still under construction, is providing buyers the chance to bypass the inconveniences of living in Brooklyn while living in Brooklyn. 'Not everybody wants to live in a townhouse,' said Hope Street Capital Partner Sha Dinour. 'I live in a townhouse. You have to go up and down the stairs all the time. It's hard. People love to live in a townhouse street. But not everybody loves to live in a townhouse.' Dinour said that his firm's new project, which is located at 509 Pacific Street, nullifies two barriers to living in Boerum Hill: the high cost of...
  • Brownstoner - Walk the High Bridge, New York Citys Oldest Span
    8/12/2016 @ 9:00 AM - There's only one way to escape Manhattan that's solely for pedestrians (and bicyclists): the High Bridge, which spans the Harlem River between Washington Heights and the Bronx.It's New York City's oldest bridge, and well worth a visit.A little history.Originally constructed in 1848 to carry water as part of the Croton… Read More > The post Walk the High Bridge, New York Citys Oldest Span appeared first on Brownstoner .
  • Times Union - Ledger
    8/12/2016 @ 8:59 AM - Weekly applications for unemployment slip WASHINGTON - Slightly fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a sign that layoffs are low and employers are probably adding new jobs. The Labor Department said that weekly unemployment aid applications declined 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 266,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 3,000 to 262,750. Applications are a proxy for layoffs and are at historically low levels. That suggests employers are confident enough in the economy to hold onto their staffs. At the same time, hiring has picked up: Employers added the most jobs in eight months in June and hiring was also healthy in July. The unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in both months....
  • Brick Underground - It feels like the Hamptons, but it's commuting distance from Manhattan
    8/12/2016 @ 8:59 AM - Nope, it's not on the East End. Think north.
  • AOL Real Estate - Barbra Streisand performs 'The Sound of Music' classic with Jamie Foxx: Watch
    8/12/2016 @ 8:44 AM - Barbra Streisand performs 'The Sound of Music' classic with Jamie Foxx: Watch try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} Barbara Streisand's return to her hometown of Brooklyn Thursday night (Aug. 11) was like buttah, as the living legend invited a few special guests to join her on the stage. In a hits-filled set that included a preview of her forthcoming 35th studio album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, Streisand added a little extra star power teaming up with Jamie Foxx and Broadway veteran Patrick Wilson , who took the stage for a duet of "Loving You." Barbra Streisand to Perform at LGBT-Focused...
  • The Real Deal - Crane slams into 3 WTC amid heavy winds
    8/12/2016 @ 8:41 AM - Amid strong winds, a crane slammed into 3 World Trade Center Thursday night, cracking a window on the 12th floor of the 80-story skyscraper. The crane was pulling in its line to prepare for bad weather when it crashed into the window just before 8:30 p.m., the New York Daily News reported. No one was injured in the accident. Although early reports said a wrecking ball slammed into the window, FDNY officials said it was … [more]
  • Brownstoner - Daily Links: Rental Prices Drop a Smidge in July in Brooklyn
    8/12/2016 @ 8:31 AM - In the NewsAn Army Veteran With a Housing Mission in East New York [NYT]RXR Realty Plans 363-Unit Rental Building in Fort Greene [Crain's]Trump Photo Returns to Bay Ridge Restaurant Despite Backlash [Gothamist]135 Units of Affordable Housing Planned for Coney Island Boardwalk [6sqft]Brooklyn Native Aims to Expand Wi-Fi in Red Hook… Read More > The post Daily Links: Rental Prices Drop a Smidge in July in Brooklyn appeared first on Brownstoner .
  • MacRumors - Apple Rumored to Be Pursuing Massive Office Expansion in Seattle Area
    8/12/2016 @ 8:15 AM - Apple might be looking to further expand its presence in Seattle, Washington following its acquisition of Seattle-based machine learning and artificial intelligence startup Turi . The news comes from reports of a "large California company" looking to purchase a big piece of office space in the city, with most believing that it's Apple (via GeekWire ). Last week, Apple paid $200 million to acquire Turi, which bills itself as a "machine learning platform for developers and data scientists," helping them build apps using the capabilities of artificial intelligence. Although the company's acquisition of Turi helps justify the rumor of Apple's expansion in Seattle, nothing has yet been solidified and, according to GeekWire...
  • The Real Deal - Renderings: Moinian's new resi building at Market Diner site
    8/12/2016 @ 8:01 AM - In the shadow of Moinian Groups colossal rental building Sky, the developer is planning a more modest apartment building at 572 Eleventh Avenue, new renderings show. Located just one block from its 70-story, 1,175-unit counterpart, the building will rise 13 stories and house 165 units, according to New York YIMBY. The average unit will measure 750 square feet. The building itself will span the block between 43rd and 44th streets. The site was formerly home … [more]
  • Salon - Race, party politics and Trump: The theory that the billionaire is also destroying the Democratic Party is just bunk
    8/12/2016 @ 8:00 AM - Donald Trump (Credit: Reuters/Eric Thayer) Ever since Ronald Reagan enticed many traditionally Democratic white working class voters over to the Republican Party political observers have been intensely interested in what makes this particular faction tick. Indeed, one might even call it an obsession. There have been different ways of looking at this group over the years. The so-called Reagan Democrats were studied like a lost Amazonian tribe for decades,  most famously  by Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg who focused on one county in Michigan and found that these voters believed the Democratic party didnt care about their needs and instead were working on behalf of people of color, feminists, poor people and those who refused to...
  • Gant Daily - 5 things for Friday, August 12: Thailand, Hillary Clinton, Olympics
    8/12/2016 @ 7:30 AM - Stopping the blasts. Predicting the storms. Making ancient history. Its Friday, and here are the 5 things you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. 1. Thailand Eleven bombings in five provinces. Four dead and 34 injured. All over two days. Thats the toll in Thailand, as officials scramble to figure out just what is going on. No one has claimed responsibility, and officials arent even prepared to say this is terrorism. Some believe it may be sabotage. In one of the bombings, the devices were hidden in tree pots. Many of the blasts occurred near areas popular with foreign tourists. ...
  • The Real Deal - Theory close to deal for new store on Soho's Greene Street
    8/12/2016 @ 7:00 AM - Theory, the popular clothing brand co-founded by Elie Tahari, is close to inking a deal for a new Soho store at EMP Capital Group's 47-49 Greene Street, sources told The Real Deal. The store would occupy either half or all of the 4,300-square-foot ground floor at the six-story, 24,000-square-foot property. The total retail space at the building runs about 7,400 square feet, split evenly into two spaces. The terms of the deal are still being negotiated, … [more]
  • Fortune - CEO Daily: Friday 12th August
    8/12/2016 @ 6:59 AM - Good morning. Remember last August? It was a year ago yesterday that the Chinese central bank engineered a surprise 2% devaluation of the yuan, ultimately leading to a late summer's market panic . This columnist, along with others, suggested it could signal the beginning of a global economic slump. But yesterday, all three U.S. market indices - the S&P, the Dow, and the Nasdaq - hit record highs - the first such trifecta since 1999 . Even Brexit woes have been forgotten, and The Wall Street Journal this morning is speculating about a market "melt-up." So should we conclude that all...
  • The Real Deal - Most popular stories on The Real Deal
    8/12/2016 @ 6:31 AM - Current reader favorites: 1. WeWork wants to turn office buildings into giant gadgets 2. WTC contractor found guilty for masterminding $1B scheme 3. RXR planning first NYC resi development 4. Blackstone launches $5B non-traded REIT 5. Landlord concessions double in Manhattan, Brooklyn rentals … [more]
  • ArchDaily - Project Meganom's Yuri Grigoryan: 'Freedom is When You Realize that Anything is Possible'
    8/12/2016 @ 5:30 AM - Barn, Nikolo-Lenivets, Kaluga District, Russia, 2006. Image © Yuri Grigoryan Yuri Grigoryan  founded Project Meganom  in 1999 in Moscow with his partners Alexandra Pavlova, Iliya Kuleshov, and Pavel Ivanchikov. Together, the group all graduated from Moscow 's Architectural Institute, MArchI in 1991, the year of the Soviet Union's collapse, and then practiced at the studio of Moscow architect Alexander Larin. Today Project Meganom is headed by Grigoryan, Iliya Kuleshov, Artem Staborovsky, and Elena Uglovskaya, and keeps in close contact with the theoretical side of architecture: Grigoryan teaches at his alma mater and until recently he was the Director of Education at Strelka Institute , founded in 2009 under...
  • NYT Real Estate - What I Love: Leslie Odom Jr., of ‘Hamilton,’ at Home in Hell’s Kitchen
    8/12/2016 @ 5:01 AM - The Tony Award winner rents a one-bedroom with his wife, Nicolette Robinson, an actor and singer.
  • Salon - Trump out-crazied the crazies: 9 off-the-wall Republicans who cant get behind Trump
    8/12/2016 @ 4:59 AM - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the BB&T Center, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Credit: AP) This article originally appeared on AlterNet . Donald Trump has said some pretty outrageous things. So outrageous that several conservative pundits have disavowed or refused to support the Republican candidate in his election campaign against Hillary Clinton. Of course, the craziest aspect of hardline conservatives refusing to support Trump is that they themselves are guilty of engaging in some pretty off-the-wall rhetoric. Here's a rundown of the craziest conservative voices who (somehow) find Donald Trump too insane to handle. 1....
  • Property Shark - The Fabulous Upper West Side Real Estate Story
    8/12/2016 @ 4:33 AM - To take away: the most expensive home ever sold here was a penthouse fit for a king: price paid – $88M! the largest home  is a century-old 11,500-square-foot mansion next to Riverside Park the UWS is one of the neighborhoods with the most permanent residences, percentage-wise: only 55% of all housing units are rentals , a low number for Manhattan Some local context Part fancy living, part culture enclave, the leisure and family-friendly Upper West Side has been a residential oasis for those who can afford it. More accessible compared to most of Lower Manhattan and Midtown , this neighborhood is seeped in...
  • EV Grieve - Target offers details about its flexible-format store opening summer 2018 on 14th and A
    8/12/2016 @ 4:30 AM - As you know, Target has signed a lease to anchor the retail space in Extell's new development rising on Avenue A and 14th Street. And yesterday, Target shared details about the flexible-format store, projected to open in summer 2018 at 500 E. 14th St. Via the EVG inbox... Growth in urban markets is a priority for Target, and Target's flexible store design allows for store locations in smaller locations and assortments are tailored to meet the needs of local guests. The East Village Target store will be approximately 27,000 square feet on two-levels, with 9,500 square feet on the street level and 17,700 on the lower level. The locally-relevant, catered assortment for urban...
  • EV Grieve - The PokeSpot opens today on 4th Avenue
    8/12/2016 @ 4:16 AM - The PokeSpot, serving the increasingly popular ( in NYC ) Hawaiian raw-fish salad, opens to the public today on Fourth Avenue and 12th Street, the corner space that previously housed the Subway (sandwich shop) until late January. You can find their menu here . Or here... Previously on EV Grieve: The PokeSpot set for former Subway (sandwich shop) space on 4th Avenue
  • EV Grieve - Former Mercadito space on Avenue B will be home to Guac (and probably some chips)
    8/12/2016 @ 4:14 AM - [ Photo by Ralph Sutton ] The signage is up now at 179 Avenue B for Guac, showing tacos and tequila here between 11th Street and 12th Street. This incoming Mexican restaurant/bar is via Vincent Sgarlato, who owns and operates Eleven B and 11B Express across Avenue B. CB3 OK'd a liquor license for the space back in March. According to the official meeting notes (PDF): Community Board 3 is approving this application for a full on-premise liquor license although this is a location in an area with numerous full on-premise liquor licenses because 1) this applicant has operated a business with a wine beer license...
  • Costar - CoStar's People of Note (Aug. 12)
    8/12/2016 @ 4:00 AM - It's time to update those contact managers with CoStar's People of Note, reporting news on significant new CRE hires and promotions. This week's issue includes the following markets: New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Texas and more!NEW YORK CITYMoore Joins Rockefeller as EVP, Urban Development HeadBy Justin SumnerThe Rockefeller Gro
  • Fortune - How a Court Ruled on Expunging Convictions for the Rehabilitated
    8/12/2016 @ 3:13 AM - Federal judges cannot expunge convictions from peoples criminal records even when it prevents those who have been rehabilitated from getting jobs, and Congress should consider granting the judiciary that power, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York overturned a May 2015 ruling that expunge d the records of a 2001 conviction of a woman who spent years struggling to hold down jobs because of it. Circuit Judge Raymond Lohier called the situation unfortunate” for the woman, known in court records as Jane Doe, and noted Congress has occasionally let judges give one-time criminal defendants a clean bill of health. It might consider doing so...
  • Inman News - CoreLogic: New York foreclosures in June
    8/12/2016 @ 1:01 AM - There were 38,000 completed foreclosure nationally in the month of June, representing the 56th straight month of year-over-year decline, according to CoreLogic's June 2016 National Foreclosure Report ...
  • ArchDaily - Ely Court / Alison Brooks Architects
    8/12/2016 @ 1:00 AM - © Paul Riddle Architects: Alison Brooks Architects Location: Kilburn Ln, London, United Kingdom Project Year: 2015 ...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

  • Costar - SL Green Recaps Eleven Madison Ave with PGIM Joint Venture
    8/11/2016 @ 11:58 PM - SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE: SLG), New York City's largest office landlord, has sold a 40% interest in the Metropolitan Life Insurance Plaza office tower at 11 Madison Ave. in New York, NY to PGIM Real Estate, the real estate investment arm of PGIM, Inc., the global asset management subsidiary of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU).The transaction values the 30-story, 2.3 million-square-foot, 4-Star asset in Midtown Manhattan at $2.6 billion...
  • Quartz - Chinas new car-eating,” traffic-straddling bus is a safety disaster in the making
    8/11/2016 @ 8:54 PM - Nearly 40 years ago, US architects Craig Hodgetts and Lester Walker envisioned for New York City an elevated, wide-body bus” that straddles ordinary road traffic. The radical idea garnered some media attention but never became a reality-until, that is, this month in Chinas Hebei province. Sort of, anyway. Beijing-based TEB Technology Development took its transit-elevated bus (TEB) on its first road test in the city of Qinhuangdao on Aug. 2, reported state newswire Xinhua . China conducts road test for homegrown transit elevated bus that can carry 300 people https://t.co/Q8II4YcbMA pic.twitter.com/aHz3tTJiwh - China Xinhua News (@XHNews) August 2, 2016 It differs...
  • Realty Biz News - Hawaii Has Highest Closing Costs While Pennsylvania Has the Lowest
    8/11/2016 @ 7:35 PM - According to a new Bankrate.com (NYSE: RATE) report, Hawaii has the highest mortgage closing costs in the country, while Pennsylvania has the lowest. When based on a $200,000 loan, Hawaii's closing costs averaged out to $2655, while in Pennsylvania these closing costs were just $1837. The national average is $2128. New York has the second-highest closing costs at $2560, followed by North Carolina at $2409, Delaware at $2358, South Carolina at $2322 and Connecticut at $2313. Pennsylvania isn't the only state with low closing costs, as in Wisconsin closing costs were $1863, while in Kentucky they were $1874, in South Dakota this figure was $1904, in Oklahoma it was $1911 and in Missouri it was $1926....
  • EV Grieve - This evening's hot double-rainbow action
    8/11/2016 @ 7:13 PM - From St. Mark's Place near Second Avenue... thanks to Chris Protopapas for the photo
  • Fortune - Barcelona Steps Up Crackdown on Airbnb, Threatens Further Fines
    8/11/2016 @ 7:03 PM - Authorities in Barcelona have stepped up a crackdown on homes illegally rented out to tourists via homesharing websites such as Airbnb airbnb , ordering hundreds to be removed from listings and hitting firms with a fine, while threatening more in the future. Barcelona is not the only European city to take a swipe at Airbnb, which has rapidly expanded across the globe and often come into conflict with local rules. This year, Paris conducted raids on illegally sub-letted apartments and Berlin imposed a ban on owners renting out entire properties. Barcelonas town hall said on Wednesday it would fine both Airbnb and fellow online rental firm, Homeaway, 60,000 euros...
  • Wallpaper - Cloud nine: soaring spaces and intimate pleasures at The Beekman, New York
    8/11/2016 @ 7:00 PM - After years of foiled development attempts, the building at 5 Beekman Street - an early skyscraper dating back to 1881 in Manhattan's financial district - finally opened this summer as The Beekman , the latest offering from Thompson Hotels. Formerly known as Temple Court, the nine-storey building has been lovingly restored by Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel Architects, with interiors by Martin Brudnizki. Aside from the granite and red-brick facade, which was landmarked in 1998, the building boasts a host of original features, including cast iron brackets bearing sculpted dragons (which inspired the hotel's logo) and panels around the staircase that display pastoral scenes in bas-relief. The showpiece, however, is a soaring central atrium encircled by cast iron railings,...
  • Wallpaper - Buena Vista Culture Club: following Chanel's foray, W* explores a Cuban creative revolution
    8/11/2016 @ 7:00 PM - Number 8 Calle Este, between 37th and Parque, in Havana, is a significant address in the history of the Cuban revolution. The whitewashed house used to belong to Rene Vallejo. His books still line the shelves. One is called Communist Guerrilla Warfare . Another is uncannily prophetic. It is named Ironies of History. Vallejo was a doctor who fought alongside Fidel Castro in his rebel army and became the Cuban leader's personal physician after the Communists overthrew dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959. When the spoils of the revolution were divided up, Vallejo got one of the biggest houses in one of the most fashionable neighbourhoods of the capital, Nuevo Vedado. Today, the four-storey structure plays...
  • The Guardian - My son was murdered in a mass attack. Trump's talk of gun violence horrifies me
    8/11/2016 @ 6:15 PM - As the father of a student shot and killed in California, Trump's callous comments about Clinton and others make him at best incompetent - and at worst evil As the parent of a son who was shot and killed, the way Donald Trump talks so callously about gun violence horrifies me. Early in the campaign, he said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any voters. And this week, he suggested that gun violence could be a way to deal with Hillary Clinton because she wants to 'essentially abolish the second amendment'. Continue reading...
  • The Real Deal - New panelists to join The Real Deal in Shanghai
    8/11/2016 @ 6:01 PM - News of Chinese investment in U.S. real estate continues to roll in this week, with highlights including Xinyuan Real Estates $66 million purchase of a Flushing development site, Extells score of Chinese investment firm Shanghai Municipal Investment as an equity partner in Central Park Tower, and Joe Sitts pronouncement that despite a lull at the start of the year, Chinese interest is back, big time. The Real Deal has once again taken note, and were heading back to China this November for our second … [more]
  • DNA Info New York - One Vanderbilt Back on Track After Grand Central Owner Withdraws Lawsuit
    8/11/2016 @ 5:54 PM - A skyscraper next to Grand Central is back on track with the settlement of a suit against the developer.
  • DNA Info New York - 52-Year-Old Briarwood Diner Loses Home to New Apartment Building
    8/11/2016 @ 5:29 PM - The Queens Boulevard eatery has been in business for more than five decades.
  • Zillow - House of the Week: Groucho Marx's Former Digs in Los Angeles
    8/11/2016 @ 5:17 PM - Go, and never darken my towels again.” If Groucho Marx ever actually delivered that line to a guest, it could easily have been in this Los Angeles home, where he lived in the 1940s. The 5-bedroom, 4-bath Cape Cod has been remodeled, but you can still picture him leaning on the fireplace mantle with a cigar in his mouth, speed-muttering a witty phrase. The Marx brother famously never wanted to join any club that would have him as a member, which is just as well, because this home now on the market for $4.549 million is closer to The Roxy Theatre and Whisky A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip than to a country club. ...
  • Gant Daily - Trump Tower climber: Who is Stephen Rogata?
    8/11/2016 @ 5:15 PM - Whatever his intentions, Stephen Rogata had arrived to borrow a famous Trumpism bigly. For three harrowing hours, the young Virginian soared high above the scorching streets of midtown Manhattan. The 19-year-old precariously hauled his thin frame up the side of Trump Tower on Wednesday afternoon. He methodically positioned suction cups above his head as he ascended the facade of the 68-story glass behemoth. He stopped pedestrian and motor traffic along Fifth Avenue near Central Park. Onlookers chronicled the climb with cell phones and cameras. Every foot of the ascent lifted Rogata to a new level of social media stardom. Millions witnessed his daredevil stunt as multiple cable networks like CNN, MSNBC and...
  • Curbed - 13 buildings in up-and-coming Inwood are selling for $62M
    8/11/2016 @ 5:15 PM - The sales offer includes 359 apartments, two retail spots, and a parking lot A large chunk of buildings in Inwood - 13 to be precise - are being offered up in a single sale, DNAinfo reports . The listing became evident after real estate firm Eastern Consolidated put out a press release this week announcing itself as the exclusive sales agent on the multi-building portfolio, which is asking $62 million. The company wouldn't provide the exact addresses of the buildings, but the release says the buildings are all five-story walk-ups, and are located on Sherman Avenue, Vermilyea Avenue, Post Avenue, and Academy Street. All together the buildings have 359 apartments, two retail...
  • The Real Deal - Kushner, LIVWRK score $376M in Watchtower financing from Blackstone, SL Green
    8/11/2016 @ 4:56 PM - Jared Kushners massive bet on Dumbos Watchtower building is being backed by the Blackstone Group and SL Green Realty. Affiliates of the two investment giants plowed a total $376 million into the project, via acquisition, building and project loans. Blackstone took the senior piece of the loan, while SL Green led the loan and retained a B-note component, according to Commercial Mortgage Alert. The deal was revealed in public records Thursday, though SL Green was not … [more]
  • Fortune - Fact Checking Hillary Clinton's Economic Speech
    8/11/2016 @ 4:50 PM - Hillary Clinton gave a major economic speech in Michigan Thursday, ripping into Donald Trumps own economic proposals and contrasting it with her own vision. Speaking at Futuramic Tool & Engineering, a manufacturing facility, Clinton spoke of the need for combining robust public sector investment with increased government spending on job creation. "Even conservative experts say Trump's agenda will pull our economy into recession," she said. Here we fact check three key assertions Clinton made. 1. Her position of free trade Clinton quote: The answer is to finally make trade work for us, not against us. so my message to every worker in Michigan and across America is this: I will...
  • Gant Daily - No, Obama was not the founder of ISIS
    8/11/2016 @ 4:45 PM - At a rally in Florida on Wednesday, Donald Trump described President Obama as the founder” of ISIS, going on to say the terrorist organization is honoring President Obama.” Really? On Thursday on CNBC he amplified these comments, saying Hillary Clinton was the co-founder” of ISIS. Like so much else that Trump has said, these claims are false. The founder of ISIS is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a shadowy Iraqi cleric who President Obama is doing everything in his power to kill. Trump has claimed he knows more about ISIS than Americas leading generals. Clearly this is also total nonsense; he doesnt seem to have done the slightest thing to educate himself about ISIS. In...
  • Mashable - Donald Trump responds after supporter climbs Trump Tower
    8/11/2016 @ 4:45 PM - Michael Joseph Ryan, a 19-year-old from Virginia, caused a scene in Manhattan while attempting to scale the facade of Trump Tower with suction cups.  After more than 2 hours of climbing, the police and fire department were able to rescue and arrest the man.  According to a YouTube video he posted earlier, Ryan was trying to get a private meeting with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Additional reporting by Storyful.  Read more... More about Mashable Video , Democratic Party , Republican Party , Politicians , and President
  • RISMedia: Real Estate - Why You Should Own a Home in an A+ School District
    8/11/2016 @ 4:27 PM - Whether you have children or not, it pays to buy in an area with great schools. Realtor.com ® recently released a new study that identifies the price premium to buy a home in a strong public school district, as well as the top 10 districts garnering the highest home prices and demand from buyers. School districts rising to the top are: Beverly Hills Unified in Los Angeles; Highland Park Independent School District in Dallas; Kenilworth School District No. 38 in Kenilworth, Ill.; Rocky River City School District in Cuyahoga, Ohio; Clear Creek Independent School District in Harris, Texas; and School Town Of Munster School District in Lake, Ind. Realtor.com® compared homes located in school districts rated 9 or 10...
  • Fortune - Shake Shack Is Giving Away Free Burgers at All Its Locations
    8/11/2016 @ 4:17 PM - This is not a drill. To celebrate the opening of its 100th location at the Boston Seaport, Shake Shack shak is giving away free burgers to the first 100 guests at all its locations on Tuesday August 16, the company said . All Shake Shack restaurants in the U.S. will open at 10:30 a.m. that day. The promotion ends at 12 p.m. and excludes stadiums and ballparks. CEO Randy Garutti called the 100th store opening an "epic milestone." "We're overwhelmed by the love and enthusiasm from our fans around the world, and this moment wouldn't be...
  • Brokers Weekly - Schneider, L&L strike smart building deal for 390 Madison Avenue
    8/11/2016 @ 4:16 PM - Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, announced an agreement with L&L Holding Company to build an intelligent commercial office building at 390 Madison Avenue. The new building will feature an array of connected technologies that aggregate data from various building systems to improve energy and operational efficiencies while creating superior experiences for tenants and building operators Construction is underway, and the core and shell are expected to be completed near the end of 2017. Schneider Electric will equip the 32-floor, 900,000 s/f building with its SmartStruxure building management system (BMS), an integrated security system and a converged network infrastructure specifically designed for the property. The BMS includes continuous monitoring-based commissioning tools to...
  • AOL Real Estate - Michael Moore asks Ivanka Trump to end Donald's campaign: 'Your dad is not well'
    8/11/2016 @ 4:11 PM - Michael Moore asks Ivanka Trump to end Donald's campaign: 'Your dad is not well' try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} Michael Moore is at it again. Always up for stirring the pot, the Oscar-winning director has been busy this political season with his comments on how women in US politics have " fake power, " standing outside of Trump Tower with a sign that read " We are all Muslim, " and now, he's written an open letter to the presidential Republican nominee's daughter, Ivanka. For the site Alternet , Moore tells Ivanka, "I'm writing to you because your dad is not well," and says he needs an "intervention." "I believe only...
  • Blue Matter - Best Ways to Spend Summer in New York
    8/11/2016 @ 4:10 PM - It's the last full month of summer . . . why does it always go so fast? Escape the air-conditioned comfort of your NYC apartment and make the most of every last minute! Here's our roundup of the best ways to spend summer in New York. The post Best Ways to Spend Summer in New York appeared first on Coldwell Banker Blue Matter .
  • Curbed - Central Park Tower's condos will hit the market this year
    8/11/2016 @ 4:06 PM - Big things are ahead for the city's tallest residential building The market for ludicrously pricey trophy homes in New York City is drying up but Extell, never one to follow the crowd, is moving right along with its plans for New York City's tallest residential building. Today in a press release, the One57 developer announced that sales for Central Park Tower will launch later this year. The move confirms that the 1,550-foot condo won't be following the lead set by its neighbor at 111 West 57th Street, where sales were put off until next year amid a slowing market. It's a power move and ever-more proof that Extell's gonna Extell. The...
  • The Real Deal - Former Nets forward Thaddeus Young lists BK condo for $6M
    8/11/2016 @ 4:00 PM - Hoops star Thaddeus Young isn't just trading in his Brooklyn Nets jersey now that he's an Indiana Pacer. Not surprisingly, the forward is also putting his Brooklyn condominium unit on the market for $6.3 million. Located at Robert Levine's One Brooklyn Bridge Park, the 2,764-square-foot pad has three bedrooms, a wood-burning fireplace, bar and terrace. It's asking $2,279 per square foot. Douglas Elliman's Joshua Lieberman has the listing. Young bought the apartment at 360 Furman Street … [more]
  • Business Insider - 7 signs you can't afford to buy a home
    8/11/2016 @ 4:00 PM - Making the leap from renting to buying is thrilling and liberating — for many, it signifies the realization of 'the American Dream.' Buying a home is also a long-term commitment, and one that requires strong financial standing. If any of these signs strike a chord, you may want to delay taking on a mortgage in the near future. SEE ALSO: How to figure out if you can afford to buy a home You have a low credit score Before considering home ownership, you'll want to check your credit score, which you can do through free sites like...
  • Brick Underground - New film 'Little Men' clumsily tackles Williamsburg gentrification
    8/11/2016 @ 3:59 PM - Little Men, a new drama directed by Ira Sachs that focuses on a tense Brooklyn real estate dilemma, just hit theaters last week, and it's rife with interesting (and all too familiar) housing dilemmas-in other words, a natural fit for this column
  • Fortune - This 1 Chart Tells You Everything About How Donald Trump Is Doing with Women Voters
    8/11/2016 @ 3:52 PM - On Thursday, Donald Trump announced the addition of nine new members to his economic advisory council--eight of whom are women. The move comes after the GOP nominees original council , which he unveiled last week, was criticized for being exclusively male (Hillary Clinton also pointed out that the group included six guys named Steve.”) While Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks said in an email to Fortune , that it was always [the campaigns] intention to make additions and we will continue to expand the group,” some see the decision to bring on the new female council members as an attempt to woo back GOP women, many of whom have spoken out against Trump in...
  • DNA Info New York - East Village Target Slated to Open in Summer 2018
    8/11/2016 @ 3:50 PM - Target has confirmed the new East 14th Street location is opening summer 2018.
  • The Verge - A very New York evening at the 10th annual Cat Fashion Show
    8/11/2016 @ 3:45 PM - The Algonquin Hotel in New York City is famed for hosting America's celebrities, billionaires, and social elites. Many of these stars reappeared at last night's 10th annual Cat Fashion Show, albeit in feline form. The evening's theme - "Through the Decades" - honored the "iconic looks of the hotel's most famous guests and patrons, including Al Hirschfeld, Michael Feinstein, Marilyn Monroe, John Barrymore and many more." Our video director Phil Esposito and I were lucky enough to attend the soiree, and get up close with the A-list models in the green room. There were a lot of nerves, but these cats were pros. Guests dutifully captured the furry creatures for Instagram. ...
  • Curbed - Architects to Brooklyn: Your skyline kind of sucks
    8/11/2016 @ 3:45 PM - Skyscrapers are rising at a rapid clip in Brooklyn, but the architecture isn't exactly distinctive, say critics Brooklyn has long been overshadowed by Manhattan when it comes to skyscraper construction, but in the past decade, Kings County has quickly caught up with a skyline of its very own. But it's still lagging behind Manhattan in one respect, according to a new Wall Street Journal report : distinctive (re: not-crappy) buildings. WSJ spoke with a bevy of architects, archicritics, and other experts, all of whom seem to agree on one thing: the Brooklyn skyline well, kind of sucks. More specifically, critics say that the somewhat nondescript towers that have popped...
  • AOL Real Estate - Theories emerge about Donald Trump's tweeting habits
    8/11/2016 @ 3:38 PM - Theories emerge about Donald Trump's tweeting habits try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-2").style.display="none";}catch(e){} No matter where your party allegiance lies, many people are saying Donald Trump has a very interesting way of tweeting. According to The Daily Dot , he actually has two different tones with which he tweets. The theory is that his staffers sometimes write the tweets for him. Twitter user Todd Vaziri said any tweets sent from an iPhone are written by his staff, and Android-written tweets are by Trump himself. A New York Times piece about Trump's Twitter habits identified that he...
  • Zillow - Two Former Donald Trump Homes Hit the Market
    8/11/2016 @ 3:36 PM - Heres an interesting study in before and after although technically, both these homes fall into the after” side of Donald Trumps chronology. The presidential hopeful spent his early childhood in this first home, located in the Jamaica Estates section of Queens in New York City. Now on the market for $1.55 million , it was built by Trumps father, a local real estate developer and landlord, according to listing agent Howard Kaminowitz of Laffey Fine Homes . "We hope to sell before the election," he said. The house is a bargain for a large family.” Gracious though it is, the 2,000-square-foot home has no sweeping marble entrances or gold-plated fixtures. Its a 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath family...
  • The Real Deal - Williamsburgh Trust Company Building gets landmark status
    8/11/2016 @ 3:30 PM - The Williamsburgh Trust Company Building, a Williamsburg property built as a bank 110 years ago, is now officially a city landmark. The Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday designated the Neoclassical gem - which now operates as a church - as a city landmark, Brownstoner reported. In February, Landmarks prioritized the building, which was one of seven buildings in Brooklyn on Landmarks backlog list of 96 sites. 'This is one of the neighborhood's most beautiful and … [more]
  • Gant Daily - Donald Trump adds 8 women to economic team
    8/11/2016 @ 3:30 PM - After critics blasted Donald Trump last week for unveiling a roster of 13 economic advisers without any women, the Republican nominee has added nine new members eight of which are female. The Trump campaign announced the additions Thursday and said the move was meant to show a commitment to adding diverse thoughts to the Trump/Pence campaign.” The first slate of 13 advisers was named on August 5. Most members of the all-male team were primarily involved in real estate and finance. When pressed about the lack of diversity, two of those economists David Malpass and Peter Navarro told CNN on Sunday that women would be added. The names added to the the advisory...
  • Brokers Weekly - Study: Real estate tech startups are on the decline
    8/11/2016 @ 3:17 PM - By Ashkan Zandieh, founder and CEO, Falkon Entrepreneurship in real estate tech seems to have gone the way of Greece's economy - dramatic decline. A quick glance at real estate tech startup launches over the past few years tells the bigger story. Here's a look at some of the numbers: Real estate tech has felt the hit globally. A recent study conducted by Falkon shows that from 2012 to 2015, 282 real estate tech startups, on average, were launched each year. That number fell to a meek 69 in 2015-2016. In just a few short years, the real estate tech industry took a hit of a 75.5 percent decrease. The numbers...
  • AOL Real Estate - 2 polls of Donald Trump's standing in Iowa, exactly one year apart, are a time warp into the 2016 campaign
    8/11/2016 @ 3:12 PM - 2 polls of Donald Trump's standing in Iowa, exactly one year apart, are a time warp into the 2016 campaign try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} Two polls of Iowa tell the story of the past year for Donald Trump . Exactly one year ago, Trump was polling at 17% in Iowa among Republican primary contenders. There were some fresh warning signs about his fledgling, yet burgeoning, candidacy among a 17-candidate GOP field. One wild and turbulent year later, Trump - the Republican presidential nominee - is leading his Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton , in the same poll of the same state. Trump led 41% to 40% in the...
  • Brownstoner - Learn About Brooklyns Historic Stores, Waterfront and More on Walking Tours Through October
    8/11/2016 @ 3:10 PM - See Brooklyn through new eyes at one of many borough walking tours taking place over the next three months at a wide variety of historically rich and presently relevant locations. Hosted by the Municipal Art Society of New York, the tours will cover everywhere from Crown Heights North to Dumbo's… Read More > The post Learn About Brooklyns Historic Stores, Waterfront and More on Walking Tours Through October appeared first on Brownstoner .
  • Brokers Weekly - Leases: Law firm Levy, Sonet & Siegel at 630 Third, BustedTees.com at 36 East 20th
    8/11/2016 @ 3:09 PM - ATCO Properties & Management announced the following leases: Levy, Sonet & Siegel, LLP, a boutique law firm, signed a three-year lease renewal at 630 Third Avenue. The lease encompasses 5,305 s/f on the entire top floor at the 23-story office building. The firm, which has been in the building since 1989, will remain until 2019. Kate Goodman , co-president at ATCO, made the announcement noting that 5,506s/f of space remains available for lease at the property. ATCO Brokerage Services represented building ownership in-house and the tenant in the transaction. Asking rent was $65 per square foot. Data and analytics firm Knowledgent Group, Inc. signed a seven-year, 4,747 s/f lease comprising a portion of the 10th...
  • Realtor.com News - This Weeks Most Expensive New Listings Are Full of Trump Flavor
    8/11/2016 @ 3:01 PM - realtor.com A couple of Southern California mansions with ties to Republican nominee Donald Trump are among this weeks most expensive new listings. In the top spot is a $46.5 million estate in Santa Monica belonging to a real estate investor who formed a multimillion-dollar super PAC to back the reality TV stars presidential bid. And in addition to funneling money directly to the candidate, he used his home (now for sale) to host a fundraiser in late May. In the third spot, a Beverly Hills home once owned by The Donald himself is back on the market. Sold by the presidential hopeful in 2009, its since had most traces of Trump removed and is...
  • Brokers Weekly - Pizza chain Sizzle Pie to open in Bushwick
    8/11/2016 @ 3:01 PM - Portland-based pizza chain Sizzle Pie has just announced its first New York City location, a 6,000 s/f space right off of the Morgan L in Bushwick. Photo by Tony Webster/ Flickr The restaurant is known for its menu emphasizing fresh ingredients (with vegan and gluten free options), its rock n' roll atmosphere, and its clever, irreverent branding. Sizzle Pie will be the only slice joint in the Morgan L area, and will be the only Bushwick pizza restaurant focusing on quality vegan and gluten free options. The location will have significant outdoor space. Sizzle Pie has locations in Portland, Seattle, and Eugene. The Bushwick location will be Sizzle...
  • Times Union - Peace heals businesses in Ferguson-area riot zones
    8/11/2016 @ 3:00 PM - ST. LOUIS - Insurance agent Will Bates used to have trouble getting people to visit the Just Insurance office on West Florissant Avenue in Dellwood, a neighboring town of Ferguson. "People used to call and say, 'Where are you located?' We'd tell them and they'd say, 'No. I'm not going down there,'" he said. That was in the aftermath of the riots of 2014, when protest over a police shooting exploded in spasms of looting, burning and gunfire stretching through August, with a repeat riot Thanksgiving week. The building next to Bates' office burned to rubble. But 20 months of peace have erased much fear. Customers aren't reluctant to come anymore. "I'd say it's getting back to...
  • Gant Daily - Was Donald Trumps 2nd Amendment comment incitement?
    8/11/2016 @ 3:00 PM - Donald Trump is denying that that he called on gun advocates to use arms against Hillary Clinton but that hasnt stopped a raging debate about whether his comments have crossed a legal line. Free speech experts and watchdog groups say he hasnt broken any law. But they are still cautioning that his words can have consequences. Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday asked Trump if intended to incite violence” against his Democratic presidential opponent with his comments Tuesday that Second Amendment people” could perhaps prevent her from appointing Supreme Court justices as president. No, of course not,” he said, and people know that.” But Patti Davis, the daughter of Ronald Reagan himself the...
  • Curbed - Soori High Line reveals its striking vertical facade
    8/11/2016 @ 3:00 PM - 16 of the building's 31 condos will have private pools The High Line-adjacent, private-pool sporting condos have topped out, and are now being fitted with their curtain wall, well on their way to an anticipated 2017 completion, new photos by Field Condition have revealed . Soori High Line, as the project is known, features a total of 31 apartments that range in size from one bedrooms to five bedrooms. They're being offered up as singles, duplexes, and triplexes, and 16 of them come with heated, salt water swimming pools, which is apparently a trademark of architect Soo K. Chan. Several of the apartments in this 11-story building are already in contract...
  • Brick Underground - A SoHo-style triplex condo in Williamsburg (for Peter Luger enthusiasts)
    8/11/2016 @ 2:59 PM - Hope you like bright colors (or are willing to paint).
  • Gothamist - Photos, Video: Inside The Cat Fashion Show At The Legendary Algonquin Hotel
    8/11/2016 @ 2:58 PM - Last night the Algonquin Hotel hosted their annual Cat Fashion Show for a very good cause: to help raise money for the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals . But the cats participating seemed even more subdued than the audience... and a little uncomfortable in their costumes. [ more › ]
  • Brokers Weekly - Paul Andrew Design, Think Pink Nails sign leases at 41 West 58th
    8/11/2016 @ 2:52 PM - ATCO Properties & Management announced that two retail tenants have signed long-term lease renewals totaling 5,810 s/f at 41 West 58th Street, an 11-story, 52,845 s/f luxury residential tower in Midtown. Photo via City Realtys website Upscale footwear retailer Paul Andrew Design LLC has recommitted to its 3,560 s/f space on the ground floor of the building for a three-year term. Also signing is Think Pink Nails, which has renewed its 2,250 s/f lease for another 10 years. 'We are delighted that these fine retailers will extend their leases at 41 West 58th Street,' said Kate Goodman, co-president at ATCO Properties & Management, noting that the stores will...
  • Brokers Weekly - Los Tacos No.1 signs lease at Kushner's 229 West 43rd St.
    8/11/2016 @ 2:43 PM - Kushner Companies announced the signing of a 15-year lease agreement to bring LOS TACOS No. 1 to Times Square in the former New York Times building. The 1,800 s/f space will be the first brick-and-mortar presence for the Mexican street-food style Taqueria, which serves more than 1,000 people each day in its Chelsea Market location. The restaurant will be located at 229 West 43rd Street, adjacent to the lobby entrances of Yahoo and Snapchat. Kushner Cos. acquired the retail condominium space at 229 West 43rd in 2015. The restaurant will open in this coming winter. 'We're excited to announce this deal as part of our ongoing repositioning of this iconic site,' said Laurent Morali, president of...
  • Fortune - Here's Why Your Facebook Timeline Is Suddenly Full of Hillary Clinton Supporters
    8/11/2016 @ 2:43 PM - Courtney Bugler has considered herself a "diehard" Democrat since the sixth grade, when she--in the role of 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis--won her elementary school debate tournament (unlike the real Dukakis, who lost the election to George H.W. Bush). "I just love politics," says the Atlanta-based 39-year-old. Yet Bugler, who ran for her high school's student council every year, was voted most likely to be president by her classmates, and describes herself as someone who doesn't keep her opinions to herself, has spent most of this election season in silence. "I didn't post about it, I didn't talk to family or friends about it," she says. "I just couldn't fight this battle." Hearing Bugler, who...
  • Tribeca Citizen - Valentine No. 51
    8/11/2016 @ 2:37 PM - For the sixth summer, I'll be spotlighting little aspects of life here that I love. To see previous Valentines, click the Valentine tag at the end of the post. There are no longer a lot of storefronts around here like the one at 43 Lispenard, which is probably a good thing, all in all. But I love it anyway-and I especially love the mysterious green door. At one point, the plan was to convert the building into a hotel, but nothing ever came of it.
  • Fortune - This Former NFL Player Has Been Arrested For Allegedly Running a $10 Million Ponzi-Scheme
    8/11/2016 @ 2:36 PM - Former Philadelphia Eagles player Merrill Robertson Jr., and his business partner, Sherman C. Vaughn Jr., were certainly cavalier when they made their pitch to their future investors. On Wednesday, the two were charged with defrauding investors by the Securities and Exchange Commission through their firm, Cavalier Union Investments. In a parallel action, the U.S. Justice Department announced criminal charges against Robertson. According to the SECs complaint , the partners raised more $10 million from over 60 investors, including senior citizens and former football coaches from the University of Virginia and Fork Union Military Academy--Robertsons alma maters. They then used roughly $6 million of those funds to pay for personal expenses, using the other $4 million or so...
  • DNA Info New York - Major Residential Development Planned for Beach 116th Street: Report
    8/11/2016 @ 2:32 PM - Four nine-story residential buildings with retail are planned for the commercial strip.
  • Salon - Slap on the wrist for sex assault: Judge sentences University of Colorado rapist to 2 years in work-release program
    8/11/2016 @ 2:31 PM - Austin James Wilkerson (Credit: Boulder County Sheriff's Office) A Colorado judge on Wednesday spared former-University of Colorado student Austin James Wilkerson a prison sentence for a 2014 rape conviction. In March of that year, Wilkerson - then 20 years old - was convicted of raping an incapacitated” drunk woman after telling her friends hed walk her home from a St. Patricks Day party. Boulder District Judge Patrick Butler sentenced Wilkerson to 20 years probation and two years in a work-release program, according to The New York Daily News . Have as much mercy for the rapist as he did for me that night,” the unidentified victim pleaded with Butler before sentencing. When I'm...
  • The Real Deal - Bjarke Ingels gets in on the skybridge craze on the High Line
    8/11/2016 @ 2:31 PM - Bjarke Ingels High Line project will probably look a little familiar to JDS Development Group. The latest renderings for HFZ Capital Groups 76 11th Avenue show two condo towers that lean away from each other and are linked by two sky bridges, reminiscent of JDSs dancing” copper-clad towers at 626 First Avenue, photos posted by New York Yimby show. Like the JDS project, which is designed by SHoP Architects, the sky bridges will host some … [more]
  • Curbed - Cozy Astoria condo with two terraces wants $725,000
    8/11/2016 @ 2:30 PM - It's located on the fourth floor of a six-story elevator building Welcome back to The Six Digit Club , in which we take a look at a newish-to-market listing priced under $1 million, because nice things sometimes come in small packages. Send nominations to the tipline . This cozy, 707-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment in Astoria comes with two terraces - one that is attached to the bedroom, and the other that can be accessed from the living room. The apartment also boasts plenty of light, and is located on the fourth floor of a six-story elevator building. Other standout features here include a spacious...
  • EV Grieve - Discarded couch of the day
    8/11/2016 @ 2:30 PM - Spotted on Second Avenue and St. Mark's Place... photo by special EVG correspondent Christine Champagne... (Also, the couch is NOT affiliated with LinkNYC.)
  • AOL Real Estate - Here are 9 of the craziest celeb items that have been auctioned off online
    8/11/2016 @ 2:20 PM - Here are 9 of the craziest celeb items that have been auctioned off online Fans have done some cray stuff for celebs, this we all know. SEE ALSO: Padma Patil from 'Harry Potter' grew up to be an absolutely stunning human being However, what exactly was the absolute craziest? Lucky for you (and thanks to Buzzfeed ), we jotted down the nine craziest celeb items that have been auctioned off online! 9.) Someone thought it was a good idea to bring a mason jar to the " Mr. & Mrs. Smith " premiere, and capture Brad and Angelina's air molecules as they passed. ...
  • DNA Info New York - Parking Garage at New York Wheel Site to Open to Public Friday
    8/11/2016 @ 2:11 PM - After several delays, the first 820 parking spaces in the garage will open to the public Friday.
  • RE Journals - Associated Bank arranges $72.5M in financing for new Lincoln Park condo development
    8/11/2016 @ 2:06 PM - Associated Bank recently announced the completion of syndicated financing in the amount of $72.5 million for the construction of Webster Square Condominiums , a project of Sandz Development Company. Webster Square Condominiums will be located at 540 West Webster Avenue in Chicago, across from OZ Park in the Lincoln Park neighborhood at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue, Webster Avenue and Geneva Terrace. The twelve-story, 95-unit upscale building will feature a wide variety of unique condominium floor plans ranging from one to four bedrooms sized at just over 900 square feet to more than 3,100 square feet. The development will also include eight adjacent single-family home sites along Grant Place. Completion is anticipated in early...
  • Curbed - Big reveal: $900,000 for an Upper West Side co-op near Central Park
    8/11/2016 @ 2:00 PM - The one-bedroom apartment on 94th Street has lots of charming features There were plenty of close guesses for this week's Pricespotter apartment , but only one can win; and this week, that person was Views4Days , who correctly sussed out the $900,000 asking price of this Upper West Side co-op. The location surely plays a part in that: The one-bedroom apartment is located on 94th Street just off of Columbus Avenue, and the Art Deco building it's located in comes with a bike room, shared courtyard, and a live-in super. It also has, per the listing, "many of the most desirable pre-war features," including original flooring and a sunken living room. Let's look...
  • Brokers Weekly - Gallery Yares Art Projects takes 5,800 s/f at 745 Fifth Avenue
    8/11/2016 @ 1:54 PM - Yares Art Projects, (YAP), a dealer and gallery founded by Dennis Yares, has leased 5,800 s/f on the 'Gallery Floor' at 745 Fifth Avenue. Photo by Nick Kenrick/ Flickr The fourth-floor space was previously the McKee Gallery. This is the first Yares art gallery in New York City. Cindy Farkas Glanzrock, CEO of Glanzrock Realty Services, represented both the Yares art gallery and the Paramount Group, a REIT, which owns and manages the building. The five-year lease had an asking rent of $90 psf. As part of the agreement, the landlord agreed to divide the floor and deliver a white box with a new bathroom and offered several...
  • Brownstoner - Light-Filled Two-Bedroom With Pretty Kitchen in Downtown Mid-Rise Pioneer Asks $4,860 a Month
    8/11/2016 @ 1:53 PM - This two-bedroom, two-bath apartment is in the Court House Apartments at 125 Court Street in Downtown Brooklyn, the kind of mid-rise, full-amenity building that was a relative rarity in these parts when it opened 11 years ago, but is less of one now.The unit is distinguished by large, wrap-around windows… Read More > The post Light-Filled Two-Bedroom With Pretty Kitchen in Downtown Mid-Rise Pioneer Asks $4,860 a Month appeared first on Brownstoner .
  • Crain's New York Business - Head of city affordable housing agency steps down, latest de Blasio appointee to leave
    8/11/2016 @ 1:53 PM - A top de Blasio housing official is stepping down, the city announced Thursday. It is the latest in a string of recent high-profile departures from the administration.Gary Rodney has led the... To view the full story, click the title link.
  • Brokers Weekly - Japanese restaurant Ato to open at 28 Grand St. in SoHo
    8/11/2016 @ 1:44 PM - Eastern Consolidated's Retail Leasing Division has arranged a five-year, 700 s/f lease at 28 Grand Street in SoHo for Ato, a restaurant that will feature Japanese dishes with a French twist. Photo via Eastern Consolidateds website Senior Director and Principal James Famularo represented the landlord and the tenant in the transaction. 'This is a beautiful space that will be ideal for a casual Japanese restaurant delivering fine food and great service,' Famularo said. 'The site enjoys heavy foot traffic from both locals and tourists and is near high-end hotels including The James, SoHo Grand, Trump SoHo, Mondrian SoHo, and 60 Thompson.' Together Ato's owners, executive chef William...
  • AOL Real Estate - Clinton to release 2015 tax returns within days
    8/11/2016 @ 1:32 PM - Clinton to release 2015 tax returns within days try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} WASHINGTON, Aug 11 (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will release her 2015 tax returns and her running mate, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton, will release the last 10 years of their tax returns within days, according to a source close to Clinton. The returns will show Clinton paid an effective tax rate of 35 percent and gave about 10 percent to charity, according to a CNBC report. The release comes as Republican nominee Donald Trump is facing criticism for not releasing his tax returns -...
  • Curbed - Trump Tower climber charged after traffic-stopping stunt
    8/11/2016 @ 1:30 PM - Yesterday's stunt on the Trump Tower , wherein a young man attempted to scale the building using suction cups, ended pretty much as expected. Police apprehended the climber after more than two hours (and after traffic on Fifth Avenue basically came to a halt), and now, he's been charged by the NYPD with reckless endangerment and trespassing, according to the New York Times. The climber has been identified as Stephen Rogata, a 19-year-old from Great Falls, Virginia. According to the Times, " The police said Mr. Rogata told them his stunt had a simple motivation: He wanted to meet Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee." A video , in which he...
  • Bedford + Bowery - New Report Shows Housing Inventory's Up, Brooklyn Rents Drop (Barely)
    8/11/2016 @ 1:26 PM - (Photo: Daniel Maurer) NYC real estate firm Douglas Elliman published a report this morning, showing that the development boom in New York City has had a significant impact on the real estate market. According to the report, the available housing stock has increased dramatically over the last year: the listing inventory for rentals in Brooklyn went up by 29.6 and just slightly more in Manhattan that saw a 30.3 percent increase in the last year. The apparent reason for this, at least according to the reports author Jonathan Miller, is that New York is starting to see the fruit of the five-year development boom that weve been living under-you know, the reason ...
  • AOL Real Estate - Reid: Democrats could force vote on US high court nominee Garland
    8/11/2016 @ 1:22 PM - Reid: Democrats could force vote on US high court nominee Garland try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats may try to force a vote on President Barack Obama's Supreme court nominee, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said on Thursday, inviting along Republicans who want to distance themselves from presidential candidate Donald Trump . "We have a couple of options and we are deciding when to do that. And if we should do that. When and if," Reid said in a conference call with reporters. The leader of the Republican-controlled Senate, Mitch McConnell, has refused to schedule hearings on the nomination of Judge...
  • Realty Biz News - Signpost Joins Zillow® Tech Connect Program
    8/11/2016 @ 1:18 PM - Signpost, the AI-driven CRM has just announced it has joined Zillow® Tech Connect program. This means that real estate agents affiliated with Zillow will be able to use Signpost to drive five-star reviews, new customers and loyalty. Brad Kime, Signpost SVP of Business Development said 'We are excited about the partnership we've developed with Zillow. The integration we've built from Mia, our AI-driven  CRM, to Zillow automates the process of collecting great reviews and driving new business and loyal customers back to real-estate agents.' Statistics from Search Engine People show peer reviews have a powerful influence on purchasing decisions. More than 70% of customers will reference peer testimonials before making a purchase, while 88% of customers trust...
  • Brokers Weekly - Bromberg brothers to open new concept eatery at 84 William St. in FiDi
    8/11/2016 @ 1:12 PM - Bruce and Eric Bromberg, chefs and co-founders of Blue Ribbon Restaurants, will introduce a new concept to their roster this fall, Blue Ribbon Federal Grill, at 84 William Street. The new restaurant will be located on the ground level of the newly opened AKA Wall Street, the first, luxury all-residential hotel in NYC's New Downtown. 'We are looking forward to bringing a new member of the Blue Ribbon family to downtown Manhattan and providing exceptional customer service in a welcoming environment,' said Eric Bromberg. Marking Blue Ribbon's first non-Japanese project in FiDi, the concept will follow the Blue Ribbon tradition of the 'no rules, something for everyone' approach which has guided the Bromberg Brothers since the opening...
  • Salon - Plutocrats make it clear: Capitalism trumps democracy - why some free-marketeers actually like dictators
    8/11/2016 @ 1:11 PM - (Credit: Nomad_Soul via Shutterstock ) Capitalism is a lot more important than democracy,” Stephen Moore asserted. I'm not even a big believer in democracy,” he added. Moore, a former member of the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal, is an economic adviser for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. He made these comments  in an interview in Michael Moores 2009 documentary Capitalism: A Love Story.” Democracy doesn't always lead to a good economy or even a good political system,” said Moore, a fellow and former chief economist at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. To many people, that this important political and media figure openly espouses such extreme views...
  • Brokers Weekly - WXY, STUDIOS to reposition massive Kearney Point development
    8/11/2016 @ 1:07 PM - Hugo Neu announced STUDIOS Architecture will work alongside New York based- WXY to reposition the historic Kearny Point Industrial Park into a state-of-the-art ,24/7 business campus. Cushman & Wakefield has been selected as the exclusive leasing agent for the 130-acre, two  million plus square foot business campus in Hudson County, New Jersey. 'Cushman & Wakefield and STUDIOS Architecture have the vision and expertise we need as we continue the transformation of an historic site into one of the most advanced business campuses in the country,' said Steve Nislick, Chief Financial Officer of Hugo Neu. 'We look forward to growing business and the workforce of New Jersey by offering its makers, thinkers, entrepreneurs and pioneers an unprecedented workspace.'...
  • Brokers Weekly - Dormitory construction official committed to minority, women goals
    8/11/2016 @ 1:00 PM - Dr. Gerrard P. Bushell, president and CEO of New York State Dormitory Authority delivered a keynote address at The National Minority Business Council (NMBC)'s 44th anniversary celebration stressing his commitment to reaching minority and women business goals. The event attracted a capacity crowd of exhibitors and attendees to BNY Mellon's Lower Manhattan headquarters on Barclay Street, a mix of small to medium-sized MWBEs seeking opportunities with DASNY and/or partnerships with other firms, plus larger companies and agencies outreaching to MWBEs. Noting that the NMBC has been 'at the forefront of initiatives to assist the development of MWBEs every day for 44 years,' NMBC chairman of the Board Benjamin E. Jones welcomed Dr. Bushell and introduced NMBC president and...
  • Curbed - SHoP reveals new views inside its ultra-luxe American Copper Buildings
    8/11/2016 @ 1:00 PM - This is the first look inside one of the buildings' 761 apartments Back in April this year, we got a first look inside the amenity spaces at the SHoP's American Copper Buildings in Kips Bay. And now, the development team is giving us the first glimpse inside the towers' apartments in a new set of renderings. The under-construction project is perhaps most recognizable for a three-story , amenity-packed skybridge that connects the two buildings that make up this rental project. The JDS-developed rental comes with 761 apartments spread out over the two towers. The interiors have also been designed by SHoP, in one of the rare instances that the firm has worked on the...
  • Gant Daily - Nancy Pelosi: DNC hack is electronic Watergate
    8/11/2016 @ 12:45 PM - Amid reports that the hack of the Democratic National Committee was even broader than had been believed, the highest-ranking Democrat in Congress is calling the incident an electronic Watergate.” Speaking to reporters on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi compared the hack to the infamous break-in of DNC offices at the Watergate complex that was tied back to President Richard Nixon and the White House. Let me just say this in terms of the presidential campaign: This is an electronic Watergate,” Pelosi said. This is a break in.” Pelosi was responding to a report late Wednesday by The New York Times that the scope of the hack of the DNC was broader than had been known....
  • The Real Deal - Sting eyes triplex at 220 CPS: report
    8/11/2016 @ 12:31 PM - Talk about music to Robert A.M. Sterns ears: British rocker Sting and wife Trudie Styler plan to trade in their Stern-designed pad at 15 Central Park West for another Stern-designed spread at 220 Central Park South. The couple is currently eyeing a triplex at Vornado Realty Trusts luxury limestone tower, according to the New York Post. Once the deal is final, they plan to list their 16th-floor condominium unit at 15 Central Park West for … [more]
  • Brick Underground - On gentrification: A Queens local reflects on LeFrak City, Elmhurst, and her rapidly changing borough
    8/11/2016 @ 12:30 PM - A few months ago, a link came across my Facebook newsfeed as a suggested article I might want to read: 'Inside LeFrak City, a mega-rental community in Queens with affordable apartments.' The word "affordable" jumped at me. Affordable for whom?(Editor's note: A reader alerted us to a Facebook...
  • Curbed - Shoe designer Jeffrey Campbell buys predictably quirky Chelsea condo
    8/11/2016 @ 12:30 PM - The Lita designer dropped $5 million on a West 23rd Street pad Creating 2010's most ubiquitous 5-inch heel for party-hard college girls has paid off for Jeffrey Campbell, who just purchased a palatial Chelsea loft for $5 million. The shoe designer just closed on a 3,750-square-foot loft in Chelsea, the Observer first noted , that comes with-of all amenities-a golf simulator. Maybe Campbell has bigger plans for that room-a shoe closet, perhaps?-but he's not at a loss for space in the apartment. The condo has three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, and an expansive living area featuring a walk-in wine refrigerator. The apartment is as quirky as the designer's shoes ....
  • Brownstoner - Flatbush Block Wins Gold at This Years Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest
    8/11/2016 @ 12:22 PM - The votes are in, and the 22nd annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest winner is Flatbush's East 25th Street between Clarendon Road and Avenue D. For 22 years now, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been hosting the contest - a face-off of window boxes and planters - in an attempt… Read More > The post Flatbush Block Wins Gold at This Years Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest appeared first on Brownstoner .
  • Brokers Weekly - Tahl Propp inks deal to preserve 549 affordable homes
    8/11/2016 @ 12:16 PM - Tahl Propp Equities (TPE) has signed a deal to finance the acquisition and renovation of five affordable housing properties in Harlem with a total of 549 apartments. The deal allows for the rehabilitation of all buildings, and means all apartments will remain affordable to low-income tenants for the next 40 years. Photo by sanchez jalapeno/ Flickr In addition, all buildings have federal project-based Section 8 contracts, further preserving affordability through rental subsidies for the property owners. 'Preserving affordable housing is an impactful way for us to make our city more affordable and keep New Yorkers thriving. This vast preservation project will help keep more than 500 families in...
  • Brokers Weekly - On The Scene: C&W offering at 180 E. 72nd St., Ten-X brings 30 Thompson St. to market
    8/11/2016 @ 12:07 PM - AGENTS Cushman & Wakefield announced the following exclusive sale assignments: A retail building at 180 McLean Avenue, in Yonkers, Westchester County. The asking price is $4,000,000. The single story building sits on a 286.53 ft by 104.13 ft lot. It features 112 ft of frontage on McLean Avenue. The building also features a 35 space parking lot and benefits from approximately 26,820 square feet of air rights. The building is currently leased to Duane Reade which pays $363,000 per year and reimburses for the real estate taxes over base year 2007. The original lease for the property expires in September 2020 and has three five-year options at predetermined rents. Duane Reade currently sub-leases the building to...
  • Crain's New York Business - Opening date for World Trade Center shopping center set, while Eataly debuts
    8/11/2016 @ 12:00 PM - The new 365,000-square-foot World Trade Center shopping center will finally open to the public Tuesday. Westfield, the retail leaseholder of the space, will host a celebratory private opening party... To view the full story, click the title link.
  • Curbed - Elizabeth Swig's troubled 740 Park Avenue duplex sold for just $18M
    8/11/2016 @ 12:00 PM - The embattled apartment was originally listed for $32.5 million It may be time to start readying a plaque in the Pricechopper Hall of Fame. In April, the 740 Park Avenue duplex that was once owned by Kent and Elizabeth Swig (and then later, just Elizabeth) went into contract , and now, public records show the final closing price for the apartment. That price: $18 million -which is quite a chop from its original list price of $32.5 million. But it's possible that Swig cared more about unloading the apartment than getting that full asking price-or even the $22.5 million that it was listed for last November . To...
  • Business Insider - A sleepy town near NYC might become the next summer hotspot, thanks to 1 man
    8/11/2016 @ 11:53 AM - Forget the Hamptons. If Howie Guja , photographer and real estate agent, keeps doing what he's doing, Bellport, NY, will be the next hot vacation destination. Guja grew up in Babylon Village in Suffolk County — only about a 30 minute drive away from Bellport. Yet he stumbled upon it almost by accident as a student at the School of Visual Arts, when his sister's friend needed a ride there. 'As soon as you turn on South Country Road, you step back in time,' he said. 'It's just beautiful, beautiful leafy streets, white picket fences, clapboard and shingled homes, green shutters. I said, 'I have to come back here.'' He did come...
  • Fortune - Freshly Funded Startup Grades Fortune 500 on Cyber Risk 'Credit Scores'
    8/11/2016 @ 11:47 AM - When insurers are determining whether to cover a house, they typically require an inspector to come do a walkthrough. The checkup helps underwriters assess what level of risk theyre taking on, and to draft policies accordingly. UpGuard (n?e ScriptRock), a startup based in Mountain View, Calif., offers the digital equivalent of such evaluations for the cybersecurity market. The companys tech has two components: One that crawls the public web and appraises an organizations external digital risk factors (currently free of charge), and a second that searches inside a company to rate the quality of its internal system configurations and software (paid). The firm then spits out reports and FICO-like credit scores”--on a scale from zero to 950--representing snapshots...
  • Brokers Weekly - Hodgson Russ take entire floor at 605 Third Avenue
    8/11/2016 @ 11:46 AM - Fisher Brothers has signed a 10-year lease with the venerable law firm, Hodgson Russ LLP, for the entire 23rd floor of 605 Third Avenue. Hodgson Russ, which is relocating from 1540 Broadway, will occupy 19,871 s/f at 605 Third Avenue. They are expected to move in around the middle of 2017, the year in which Hodgson Russ will celebrate its 200th anniversary. In addition to its New York City location, the firm has offices in Albany, Buffalo, Saratoga, Palm Beach, and Toronto, Ontario. Fisher Brothers recently completed a $25 million capital improvement program at 605 Third Avenue. The centerpiece of the project was the creation of a brand new building entrance and lobby, designed by architect David...
  • The Real Deal - Not postcard worthy: Critics bemoan Brooklyn's 'banal' skyline
    8/11/2016 @ 11:45 AM - When it comes to iconic skylines, Manhattans cup runneth over thanks to buildings like the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, Bank of America Tower and World Trade Center. As for Brooklyn? Not so much. Although 12 of the boroughs 15 tallest buildings have gone up since 2000, underwhelmed architecture critics say what the buildings have in height, they lack in design and good taste. 'The problem with these buildings is that they are banal,' Deborah Berke, dean … [more]
  • The Real Deal - Not postcard worthy: Dean of Yale Architecture School bemoans Brooklyn's 'banal' skyline
    8/11/2016 @ 11:45 AM - When it comes to iconic skylines, Manhattan's cup runneth over thanks to the likes of the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, Bank of America Tower and World Trade Center.  As for Brooklyn? Not so much. Although 12 of the boroughs 15 tallest buildings have gone up since 2000, underwhelmed architecture critics say what the buildings have in height, they lack in design and good taste. 'The problem with these buildings is that they are banal,' Deborah … [more]
  • EV Grieve - Paint out the barrel...
    8/11/2016 @ 11:45 AM - Chico is at working on a new mural for the gate at Zum Schneider on Avenue C and Seventh Street, as these photos by EVG reader Daniel Root show ... By the way, Zum Schneider celebrates its 16th anniversary on Aug. 19 starting at 4 p.m. Details here . Headline H/T
  • Observer - Kelly Macdonald and Dougie Payne List East Village Condo
    8/11/2016 @ 11:34 AM - Is the 'Boardwalk Empire' actress heading home to Scotland?
  • Brownstoner - Sunset Park Warehouse Offers High Ceilings, New Waterfront Address for Business
    8/11/2016 @ 11:30 AM - There's a new address for companies looking to locate in Brooklyn: 150 52nd Street, situated in Sunset Park, the neighborhood Cushman & Wakefield called one of the 15 coolest in America.The property occupies 60 percent of the full block, with frontage on four sides. The interior spaces have 17- to… Read More > The post Sunset Park Warehouse Offers High Ceilings, New Waterfront Address for Business appeared first on Brownstoner .
  • Curbed - 220 Central Park South's newest celeb resident may beSting?
    8/11/2016 @ 11:30 AM - The former Police frontman may be scouting apartments in Robert A.M. Stern's tower Despite his reputation for being somewhat New Age-y, Sting's real estate choices are decidedly staid; the multihyphenate artist (singer, songwriter, Broadway composer, the list goes on) has lived in a series of apartments along Central Park , most recently a 16th-floor spread in Robert A.M. Stern's 15 Central Park West . So it's no surprise that Sting and his wife Trudie Styler would be interested in the architect's latest building; namely, the limestone tower rising at 220 Central Park South . The New York Post reports that the couple has been scouting apartments in the building, and...
  • Bedford + Bowery - Community Urges City Council to Reconsider Houston Street Upzoning
    8/11/2016 @ 11:25 AM - (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen) East Houston street is currently a hotbed of development, as any casual stroll down the street will reveal. Endless scaffolding, boarded-up properties, fences, and signs announcing new things to come line the sidewalks of lots previously occupied by local shops, community facilities, and residential buildings. Although a 2008 rezoning was implemented, ostensibly to preserve the existing buildings and the affordable housing that many of them contained, developers who bought up a sliver of land at 255 East Houston Street may get a special rezoning through of their own. On Tuesday the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises met to review a rezoning proposal that would change the residential-only zoning to mixed-used commercial, which would let plans...
  • Brick Underground - Tips on finding stabilized rentals, potential L train alternatives, and more
    8/11/2016 @ 11:15 AM - Plus, a forgotten piece of New York City history.
  • AOL Real Estate - Donald Trump balks at idea he has 'too many' campaign errors: 'You'll have to define what a mistake means'
    8/11/2016 @ 11:10 AM - Donald Trump balks at idea he has 'too many' campaign errors: 'You'll have to define what a mistake means' try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} Donald Trump refused on Thursday to acknowledge that he had "made too many errors" in recent days, despite his numerous comments that have embroiled his campaign in controversy. In an interview with CNBC, the Republican presidential nominee brushed off concern from campaign allies that his criticism about the father of a slain Muslim-American soldier was a mistake. "You'll have to define what a mistake means," Trump said. "It's been put to bed for a long time, and I don't think there's any reason...
  • AOL Real Estate - Ivanka Trump's son Joseph dances in the cutest video ever
    8/11/2016 @ 11:05 AM - Ivanka Trump's son Joseph dances in the cutest video ever try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} Ivanka Trump officially has the cutest kid ever! The daughter of Donald Trump posted a sweet video of her son, Joseph, 2, dancing on top of a table in their New York City apartment clad in nothing but a set of boxer shorts, a T-shirt and a belt and a bib around his neck. Perhaps the little guy was ready to bust a move after he ate a meal. In the sweet video, Joseph is holding onto the belt as he kicks his feet out and boogies to a children's tune...
  • AOL Real Estate - This 16-year-old has made millions selling rare sneakers
    8/11/2016 @ 11:00 AM - This 16-year-old has made millions selling rare sneakers try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} At Miami-Dades Opa Locka Executive Airport, a man in uniform walks in from the tarmac to the marble-floored private-jet lounge and starts whispering. He's excited. He just saw the rapper Travis Scott and his entourage pull up in a fleet of cars including a red Ferrari, black Porsche, and white Beemer with butterfly doors. Seconds later, a rosy-cheeked 16-year-old who goes by Benjamin Kickz appears in the parking lot wearing a Travis Scott hat. He has big brown eyes and a face that's just starting to thin out of its baby chub, barely sprouting the first, wispy mustache...
  • StreetEasy - What is an Open Listing?
    8/11/2016 @ 11:00 AM - To give rental listings wide exposure, landlords or owners sometimes choose to engage with agents and brokers in what is called an open listing” arrangement. An open listing means an agent has an agreement with the landlord/owner to represent the property. However, its not an exclusive listing  agreement, in which just one agent alone lists the property. Instead, an open listing agreement allows multiple agents to advertise and find a tenant for the property and the first agent to do so will get the commission. Usually a landlord notifies agents via email in which they have a relationship, announcing the availability of a unit. All agents in receipt of that email are then able to advertise it on the internet with themselves as...
  • Curbed - Keeping gentrification at bay along a Far Rockaway creek
    8/11/2016 @ 11:00 AM - Out at the end of the Far Rockaways, on the edge of New York City, a forgotten waterway meanders through bungalow backyards and construction sites. Its original course disappeared long ago, truncated and buried as humans carved up the wetlands here for houses and roads. Its banks are now lined by homeless camps, sunken boats, and abandoned marinas, and the bulkheads and street ends along its shoreline are slowly collapsing into brackish water. Like most of the small rivers in New York City, many people living nearby don't even know its name-Bridge Creek-but they may soon, as it floods their homes with more and more frequency. "It's a hidden little thing. Nobody knows it's there," said Jimmy Quinn,...
  • Brokers Weekly - Popular home goods store Flying Tiger opening in the Upper West Side
    8/11/2016 @ 10:56 AM - Danish home goods store Flying Tiger is opening a new store in the Upper West Side over the weekend. Photo via Wikimedia Commons The popular Copenhagen brand, which sells everything from soap dispensers to yoga mats, is moving to a 2,000 s/f location at at 424 Columbus Avenue between 80th and 81st Streets. Once the new branch opens on August 13, the company's footprint would grow to 650 stores in 28 countries. The opening of our Upper West Side store is a key milestone in Flying Tiger Copenhagens development. We have a solid strategy built on an unique and authentic concept that has allowed us to successfully open four New...
  • Fortune - Britain's Richest Man, the Duke of Westminster, Dies Aged 64
    8/11/2016 @ 10:43 AM - The U.K.s richest man, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, has died aged 64, leaving a fortune valued at nearly $11 billion. He died suddenly after suffering a heart attack at his estate in Lancashire in north-west England. The vast bulk of that fortune comes from his ownership of much of the swanky London quarters of Mayfair and Belgravia, once the stamping ground of the native upper classes, but now more associated with the international uber-rich, the hedge fund industry and–at least until the new one is ready–the U.S. Embassy (which stands in a square named after his family). In the real-life British version of the board game Monopoly, the Grosvenor family, to all intents and purposes,...
  • Curbed - Fort Greene parking lot will give way to massive rental building
    8/11/2016 @ 10:30 AM - The 10-story building will have 363 apartments, 20 percent of which will be affordable A massive new rental building is set to rise on a former parking lot in Fort Greene, courtesy of RXR Realty, probably best known for their Pier 57 redevelopment project. The 10-story building will also mark the developer's first residential project, Crain's reports . Located at 810 Fulton Street, the building will include 363 apartments, about 20 percent of which will be affordable. The project came about after RXR purchased the lease on the property from development firm GFI Development for $28.7 million. The latter had already broken ground at the site, and had acquired the requisite air rights from...
  • Gant Daily - Giuliani vs. Cuomo: You need to watch this
    8/11/2016 @ 10:15 AM - Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and CNNs Chris Cuomo locked horns in a battle royale Thursday morning over Donald Trump, Hillary Clintons emails and whether the media is biased against Republicans. Their spirited back and forth on New Day” went on for a half an hour and was at time pointed but always respectful. Cuomo sometimes challenged Giuliani on his facts and the former mayor pushed back. What sparked the faceoff was Trumps latest blast accusing Obama of being the founder” of ISIS and Hillary Clinton its co-founder” both clearly inaccurate when taken literally. But Giuliani defended that comment at the opening of a lengthy battle with Cuomo. I think what hes saying...
  • Brownstoner - Williamsburg Bank, Now a Church, Landmarked Despite Reverends Protests
    8/11/2016 @ 10:00 AM - In a rare move, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted Tuesday to designate the Williamsburgh Trust Company Building at 177 South 5th Street in Williamsburg a New York City landmark.The Neoclassical-style building was built as a bank and designed by prominent borough architects Helmle, Huberty & Hudswell. Completed in 1906, it… Read More > The post Williamsburg Bank, Now a Church, Landmarked Despite Reverends Protests appeared first on Brownstoner .
  • Curbed - New looks at Bjarke Ingels's High Line towers, now with skybridges
    8/11/2016 @ 10:00 AM - The latest batch of renderings for the Danish architect's Chelsea project have glass skybridges HFZ Capital and Bjarke Ingels Group are set to transform the area around the southern end of the High Line with the duo's collaboration at 76 Eleventh Avenue, but before that can happen, they need to decide on a final design. Thus far, the Danish starchitect has revealed two designs for the pair of buildings due to rise on the site: the first was very, well, Bjarke Ingels, with two twisty towers that were somewhat reminiscent of his tetrahedron on West 57th Street; the second kept the buildings' curve, but pared down the frills. Now, YIMBY ...
  • Gothamist - Photos, Video: Trump Tower Climber Just Wanted To Meet Donald Trump
    8/11/2016 @ 9:59 AM - The man who used giant suction cups to scale the exterior of Trump Tower yesterday apparently just wanted a private meeting with Donald Trump, telling cops , "I just want to climb. I just want to talk to Trump." However, the 19-year-old, whose identity still hasn't been released, is currently at Bellevue Hospital undergoing an evaluation, and hasn't yet gotten his meeting. [ more › ]
  • Fortune - raceAhead: Why Black Execs Leave
    8/11/2016 @ 9:52 AM - Recruiting talent, particularly young, African American professionals, has become a top priority for many large companies. So much so, that I worry that historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are going to be being overrun every spring with earnest white executives bearing goodwill and signing bonuses. (Actually, that sounds pretty good.) But that's not solving the diversity problem for many. "It's actually not that we have trouble finding great people who want to come here," a C-suite executive of a major financial firm told me recently. "It's getting them to stay. And I'm really frustrated." Dr. Lawrence James, Jr., a Chicago-based clinical psychologist-turned-leadership-consultant, is not surprised. "Retention is one of the biggest issues we see," he says. African...
  • Tribeca Citizen - One Hundred Barclay Condominiums - Seriously Spacious 1-6 Bedroom Lofts Starting from $2M
    8/11/2016 @ 9:45 AM - One Hundred Barclay Tribeca Loft Condominiums-Seriously Spacious Lofts. The space you need. Every amenity you want. In the middle of the neighborhood you love. No-nonsense pricing starting from $2M. Please visit our new model residences. Sponsored by 100 Barclay.
  • The Real Deal - SL Green sells 40% stake in 11 Madison to Prudential for $480M
    8/11/2016 @ 9:37 AM - SL Green Realty sold a 40 percent stake in office tower 11 Madison Avenue to Prudential's real estate subsidiary for $480 million. The deal values the tower at $2.6 billion including lease-stipulated improvements - the same price SL Green paid when it bought the tower from the Sapir Organization and the CIM Group last August.  In a statement SL Green said it would use the money 'for debt reduction and other investment opportunities.' As part of … [more]
  • AOL Real Estate - Kylie Jenner's star-studded 19th birthday romp in Turks and Caicos: See all the pics!
    8/11/2016 @ 9:37 AM - Kylie Jenner's star-studded 19th birthday romp in Turks and Caicos: See all the pics! try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} Kylie Jenner sure knows how to celebrate her birthday in style! The realty TV star and Lip Kit mogul turned 19 on Wednesday, August 10, and she celebrated the beginning of her last year as a teenager with a bunch of her famous friends in Turks and Caicos. SEE ALSO: Chloe Grace Moretz shares topless pic from 'beach day' With Brooklyn Beckham Sister Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Jordyn Woods, Hailey Baldwin and more were on hand to wish the youngest of the OG Kardashian-Jenner crew...
  • Gant Daily - Clintons emails and the Washington insider game
    8/11/2016 @ 9:15 AM - On Tuesday, the public gained access to 44 new email exchanges from Hillary Clintons private server that raise new questions about unseemly ties between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department under her leadership. These new publicly disclosed work-related emails come despite Hillary Clinton promising the public that she turned over all work-related emails.” FBI Director James Comey dubbed this Clinton claim as not true,” saying the FBI found thousands that were not returned,” but perhaps more disturbing than Clintons disclosure mistruth was what some suggest is a pay for play” scheme that could violate Clintons ethics agreement with the State Department. On January 5, 2009, soon-to-be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed an agreement, promising the...
  • Curbed - Manhattan rents keep rising, but there's some hope in Brooklyn
    8/11/2016 @ 9:15 AM - Inventory keeps rising, along with Manhattan median rents, but Brooklyn prices saw an incremental drop The latest round of rental market reports are out, with numbers showing that the market for luxury rentals is slowing down-not unlike the much-publicized slowdown in the luxury condo market. As for everything that isn't luxury real estate, of course, demand remains steady. Douglas Elliman examined rents for the month of July and recorded a median rent of $3,450/month in Manhattan (0.2 percent higher than the previous month), a median rent of $2,826/month in Brooklyn (1.9 percent lower than the previous month), and finally a median of $2,768/month in Queens (a .7 percent drop from June). These slight...
  • DNA Info New York - Surplus of Manhattan and Brooklyn Rentals Driving Prices Down, Report Says
    8/11/2016 @ 9:15 AM - The number of vacancies on the market in Manhattan was the highest in 9 years, a report shows.
  • Inhabitat - High-rise condos with 10 floors of indoor farming terraces proposed near NY's High Line park
    8/11/2016 @ 9:03 AM - The Rem Koolhaas parcel along the High Line is envisioned to hold the concrete-based structure, reports 6sqft , that would funnel upward to support the massive glass enclosure. The architects describe how sunlight is key: 'As the sun comes across the sky to the west, the building twists to evenly distribute daylight throughout the day.' Observers can gaze upon the indoor farming terraces, accessible to the high-rise's residents, as well as visit the top floor observation garden and second floor art gallery. Related: Wild Walk is upstate New York's answer to the High Line, 40 feet above the forest floor Permits have yet to be filed to...
  • Brownstoner - The Insider: Bed Stuy Design Firm Gives Park Slope Flip Job a Dose of Soul
    8/11/2016 @ 9:01 AM - As so often happens, this Park Slope brownstone "lacked soul" after it was flipped by a developer, said Susana Simonpietri, who founded the Bed Stuy-based, full-service interior design firm Chango & Co. in 2009.The building's exterior, including the restored stoop and ironwork, "had been done beautifully," she told Brownstoner, but… Read More > The post The Insider: Bed Stuy Design Firm Gives Park Slope Flip Job a Dose of Soul appeared first on Brownstoner .
  • ArchDaily - MoMA PS1 YAP 2016 - Weaving the Courtyard / Escobedo Soliz Studio
    8/11/2016 @ 9:00 AM - © Rafael Gamo Architects: Escobedo Soliz Studio Location: 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101, United States Design...
  • Brick Underground - Do ultrasonic mouse repellents really work?
    8/11/2016 @ 8:48 AM - Apparently, what I needed was an electronic mouse repellent. Here's one New Yorker's test-drive.
  • The Real Deal - Guilty as charged: WTC contractor found guilty in $1B scheme
    8/11/2016 @ 8:45 AM - A World Trade Center contractor who pretended to work alongside women- and minority-owned businesses was found guilty for fraudulently landing $1 billion worth of work from the Port Authority. Capping a seven-day trial, a Manhattan federal jury found Larry Davis, owner of steel company DCM Erectors, guilty of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, the New York Post reported. He faces up to 40 years in prison. Prosecutors charged Davis with criminal fraud in 2014 … [more]
  • AOL Real Estate - Macy's to shut 100 stores, invest in online
    8/11/2016 @ 8:45 AM - Macy's to shut 100 stores, invest in online Aug 11 (Reuters) - Macy's Inc said it would close about 100 stores and boost investment in its online operations as it seeks to turn around its business after six quarters of falling sales. Shares of the company, which also reported a smaller-than-expected drop in quarterly sales at established stores, were up 11 percent at $37.79 in premarket trading on Thursday. Total sales fell nearly 4 percent to $5.87 billion in the second quarter after falling 7.4 percent in the first quarter. Department stores have been struggling with stiff competition from online and off-price retailers. They are also under pressure due to a shift in spending patterns,...
  • The Real Deal - WTC contractor found guilty in $1B scheme
    8/11/2016 @ 8:45 AM - A World Trade Center contractor who pretended to work alongside women- and minority-owned businesses was found guilty for fraudulently landing $1 billion worth of work from the Port Authority. Capping a seven-day trial, a Manhattan federal jury found Larry Davis, owner of steel company DCM Erectors, guilty of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, the New York Post reported. He faces up to 40 years in prison. Prosecutors charged Davis with criminal fraud in 2014 … [more]
  • Brownstoner - Daily Links: Food-Manufacturing Hub Opens at Sunset Parks Brooklyn Army Terminal Annex
    8/11/2016 @ 8:31 AM - In the NewsThe Woman Who Dresses the Men of Brooklyn [NYT]Can We Get Development in Bushwick Right? [NY Mag]City to Promote Manufacturing With Army Terminal Food Hub [WSJ]Crown Heights South Landmarking Drive Will Amp Up This Fall [Eagle]A Look at Red Hook's Norman Foster-Designed Tech Complex [Curbed]Sea Captain Continues as… Read More > The post Daily Links: Food-Manufacturing Hub Opens at Sunset Parks Brooklyn Army Terminal Annex appeared first on Brownstoner .
  • Redfin Blog - Walkable New Construction: 10 Cities Leading the Way
    8/11/2016 @ 8:01 AM - Philadelphia ranked first with 91% of new homes having a higher Walk Score than the citywide score. In Chicago, Cleveland, St. Petersburg, Boston and Seattle, more than 80% of new homes have a  Walk Score higher than the citywide score. Greensboro, Corpus Christi, Albuquerque, Plano and Bakersfield all had the lowest percentages of walkable new home construction. New home construction doesn't always mean building farther out. Today, some builders and cities are working together to build new homes in areas with high Walk Score ratings. So which cities are building the most walkable new homes? We took a look at new homes so far in 2016 and compared...
  • The Real Deal - The Closing: Kenneth Fisher
    8/11/2016 @ 8:01 AM - From the August issue: Kenneth Fisher is a partner at Fisher Brothers, a century-old, family-run real estate firm that owns and operates more than 5.5 million square feet of property in Manhattan, worth at least $4 billion. He also serves as chairman of the Fisher House Foundation, which builds comfort homes for families of injured veterans. A third-generation Fisher, and grandson of one of the original partners, Larry, Kenneth oversees marketing and leasing of the firm's … [more]
  • The Real Deal - The Closing: Kenneth Fisher
    8/11/2016 @ 8:01 AM - From the August issue: Kenneth Fisher is a partner at Fisher Brothers, a century-old, family-run real estate firm that owns and operates more than 5.5 million square feet of property in Manhattan, worth at least $4 billion. He also serves as chairman of the Fisher House Foundation, which builds comfort homes for families of injured veterans. A third-generation Fisher, and grandson of one of the original partners, Larry, Kenneth oversees marketing and leasing of the firm's … [more]
  • Triple Mint - Owner Of Momofuku Milk Bar Picks Up Chelsea Penthouse
    8/11/2016 @ 7:49 AM - Christina Tosi , the owner of Momofuku Milk Bar, has recently purchased a penthouse at 139 West 19 th Street with her boyfriend Will Guidara (a fellow food enthusiast that owns restaurant Eleven Madison Park). Christinas New Home While the apartment was originally listed at $3.895 million, it sold at a moderate discount of around $200K making the final dollar amount to be $3.7 million. The price per square foot comes in just over at $2,175 which is actually not too bad considering that this is a penthouse loft. With over 1,700 square feet of living space and an attached terrace, which adds 1,400 square feet of outdoor living...
  • Gant Daily - Obamas staff is taking over Silicon Valley
    8/11/2016 @ 7:30 AM - On the first day of the Democratic National Convention last month, Demetrios Marantis walked into a reception wearing jeans, an open-collared shirt, a little too much stubble and a suntan. Then he took his place on a panel alongside a member of Congress. Some of my former colleagues were looking at me like, What happened to you? Where is your tie? ” Marantis says. One colleague later told him he looked like a California hipster.” What happened to Marantis was Silicon Valley. Marantis served as the Acting U.S. Trade Representative and a member of President Obamas cabinet, responsible for negotiating and enforcing international deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But in 2013, Marantis left D.C. for...
  • The Real Deal - Landlord concessions double in Manhattan, Brooklyn rentals
    8/11/2016 @ 7:30 AM - Landlords are increasingly shelling out concessions to renters in Manhattan as supply continues to outpace demand for ultra-luxury apartments. The share of new leases with landlord concessions last month was more than double seen at the same time last year, according to Douglas Ellimans latest market report. Nearly 11 percent of the new leases - compared to 5.3 percent in July 2015 - provided concessions to tenants. At the same time, the vacancy rate last … [more]
  • Fortune - CEO Daily: Thursday, 11th August
    8/11/2016 @ 7:24 AM - Good morning. Snapchat succumbed yesterday to a wave of online outrage about a filter that smacked of anti-Asian racism (a yellow face with closed, slanted eyes). It seems a good moment to wonder if the same outrage will ever be directed at those who are blocking Chinese investment overseas. It may be easier to illustrate the problem in three cases where U.S. interests arent directly affected. Today, Australia moved to block a Chinese consortium of state and private interests taking a controlling stake in the countrys largest electricity network over national security concerns. Last week, the U.K.s new Prime Minister slammed the brakes on a project to build...
  • The Real Deal - Commercial leasing nosedives as NYC economy weakens
    8/11/2016 @ 7:01 AM - New commercial leasing plummeted during the second quarter of this year, one of several signs that the city should brace for an increasingly sluggish economy. Leasing activity dropped 15.6 percent from the same time last year, with only 7 million square feet rented, according to the city Comptrollers latest economic update report. This is the second consecutive decrease in leasing activity, following the first quarters 6 percent year-over-year drop. This quarter, most leasing activity occurred … [more]
  • The Real Deal - Most popular stories on The Real Deal
    8/11/2016 @ 6:30 AM - Current reader favorites: 1. Top 10 biggest real estate projects coming to NYC 2. The little bank that could 3. WeWork's co-living venture faces unexpected obstacles 4. SL Green shakes lawsuit over air rights at Grand Central 5. Uber's former head of public policy is now at WeWork … [more]
  • Gant Daily - Where does Hillary Clinton stand on guns?
    8/11/2016 @ 6:15 AM - Donald Trumps persistent and false accusation that Hillary Clinton would abolish the Second Amendment as president is renewing scrutiny of her position on gun rights. In the 2016 campaign, Clinton has fought for a raft of gun reforms. But she hasnt always been as strident an advocate for gun control. In the 1990s, she was a fierce supporter for the landmark Brady Bill restrictions. But in the 2000s, she didnt push the issue, and even slammed then-Sen. Barack Obamas criticism of people who cling to guns or religion” in the 2008 presidential primary. And now, after a rash of mass shootings, shes the Democratic standard-bearer on a renewed gun control push. Heres a...
  • Gant Daily - Can Trump be the first to go directly from corner office to Oval Office?
    8/11/2016 @ 6:15 AM - If Donald Trump makes it from the corner office to the Oval Office, he will be pulling off an unprecedented feat: He will be the only head of the executive branch of government whose principal professional credential is having served as a chief executive officer. Plenty of presidential candidates have pointed to their business acumen in making a case for the White House, most recently Republican Mitt Romney in 2012. But Trump is a rarity for a major party nominee, since hes never held elected office, a top government post or a high military rank. In recent election cycles, candidates from the private sector have surged, suggesting voters are more open to politicians with business resumes, though...
  • Realtor.com News - It Pays to Own in an A-Plus School District-Heres How Much
    8/11/2016 @ 6:00 AM - Imgorthand Its well known that homes in good school districts sell for a premium-and are a good investment for buyers with or without children. But just how much can you expect to top up that listing price or bid? And what are the top school districts where people  are rushing to buy homes-regardless of the cost? The economic research team at realtor.com® took up the challenge and dived into the data. The team compared homes in school districts rated 9 or 10, the highest score, by GreatSchools.org  with homes in nearby districts rated 6 or less. 'It's common knowledge that buyers are often willing to pay a premium for a home in a strong...
  • AOL Real Estate - Trump Tower climber wanted meeting with the presidential candidate
    8/11/2016 @ 5:41 AM - Trump Tower climber wanted meeting with the presidential candidate try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-2").style.display="none";}catch(e){} A man captured after attempting to scale Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan Wednesday apparently made the climb to deliver a message to Donald Trump himself. In a YouTube video posted Tuesday, a man who resembles the climber said he wanted to "seek an audience with Mr. Trump" about "an important matter." The climber, who goes by the first name Steve and is from Virginia according to a police source, was grabbed and hauled into the skyscraper by law enforcement at the twentieth story about two hours after the spectacle...
  • NYT Real Estate - The Hunt: An Army Veteran With a Housing Mission
    8/11/2016 @ 5:00 AM - Daneilia Francis wanted to buy a two-family house in Brooklyn with an apartment to rent out under Section 8.
  • Gant Daily - Obituary Notice: Deborah Marie (Raymond) Marks
    8/11/2016 @ 5:00 AM - Obituary Notice: Deborah Marie (Raymond) Marks (Provided photo) Deborah Marie (Raymond) Marks, 60, of Scottsdale Ariz., died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 at her home. She was born Aug. 6, 1956 in Philipsburg Pa. She was the daughter of Francis and Catherine Raymond, who survive in Lanse. She was married in Clearfield, Pa., to Tom Marks, who survives in Scottsdale, Ariz. She is survived by two children, a daughter, Ashley (Kyle) of Phoenix, Ariz., and a son, Donald of Portland, Ore. Also surviving are three sisters, Chris (Bob) Bell, Sandy Plubell, and Annette (Andy) Estright, all from Frenchville, Pa., and two brothers, Francis (Mary Anne) Raymond of Snow Shoe, Pa., and Jim (Lisa) Raymond of...
  • EV Grieve - Debate over commercial overlay for 255 E. Houston St. and surrounding blocks continues
    8/11/2016 @ 4:20 AM - On Tuesday morning, City Council's Zoning and Franchises subcommittee heard from community members and elected officials about controversial landlord Samy Mahfar's request for a commercial overlay on East Houston Street and parts of the Lower East Side. First, a quickie recap of what has transpired through the years at 255 E. Houston St. between Suffolk and Norfolk... No. 255 previously housed the day-care center Action For Progress. They were displaced in the spring of 2010 when construction next door at 179 Suffolk St. destabilized the building. Last summer, Mahfar, the property's new owner, filed plans for a 10-story residential complex with 53 residences and 4,600 square feet for community facilities....
  • EV Grieve - Kotobuki back in action on 3rd Avenue
    8/11/2016 @ 4:13 AM - On Tuesday morning, we noted that Kotobuki was returning to 56 Third Ave. between 10th Street and 11th Street. Signs said they were reopening in August. Well, that was a short wait - the sushi restaurant actually started service on Tuesday night. Kotobuki, which has several Long Island locations, closed in the fall of 2014 after after two-and-a-half years in the East Village. (It was replaced by the more upscale Saki, an offshoot of Sushi of Gari .) You can find Kotobuki's menu here.
  • EV Grieve - The VNYL will feature Long Island Iced Teas on tap, candied-bacon quinoa sushi
    8/11/2016 @ 4:09 AM - Sidewalk bridge signage for The VNYL arrived yesterday at 100 Third Ave., where a record store/bar/restaurant is opening here between 12th Street and 13th Street... Not much else to note at least from the exterior, other than that the neon sign for the former tenant, Nevada Smiths , has been removed... Several nightlife vets, led by James Morrissey (The Late Late on East Houston), are behind this venture, which reportedly includes actor Adrian Grenier as a partner. ( New York magazine notes that he is curating the record store.) The four-level, 7,000-square-foot space with a 1970s theme will feature speciality cocktails and is "designed to attract patrons of music,...
  • EV Grieve - Box Kite Coffee now looks to be reopening on St. Mark's Place
    8/11/2016 @ 4:09 AM - On Monday, the above chalkboard sign appeared inside the now-closed Box Kite Coffee at 115 St. Mark's Place... a bit of a bridge-burning farewell... "Time to quit drinking coffee, the sublime tastes of our myriad roasters cannot be made by Every Man or Woman or any 'Joe Coffee' on the block. Our 'More Stars Less Bucks' gift to NYC paid back in [hearts] many times over, but not in the old do-re-mi. Taste is the most important aspect of coffee and we were the only game in town." However, an EVG commenter noted that the chalkboard sign has a new message... a help-wanted ad for an experienced manager "to reopen" ... ...
  • EV Grieve - Free tonight in Tompkins Square Park: 'Romeo + Juliet'
    8/11/2016 @ 4:00 AM - Tonight's free film in Tompkins Square Park is the 1996 version of "Romeo + Juliet" with Claire Danes and Leonard DiCaprio. Tonight's free film is also the last one of the six-week summer series. (And not one rain out, though there is a chance of thundershowers tonight.) The Grand Finale this evening includes a food fair starting at 5 with vendors from the Eastville Restaurant Collective , which, according to the posters, includes GG's, Boulton & Watt and Huerta's. There's also pre-movie music via the reggae-influenced rock of Faith . Check the Films in Tompkins Facebook page for any updates on tonight's screening.
  • Luxury Daily - New York retail to benefit from 16M passersby at Westfield World Trade Center
    8/11/2016 @ 4:00 AM - Rendering of Westfield World Trade Centers interior Montblanc, Smythson and Stuart Weitzman are among the brands ushering in New York's latest retail development as the city works to overhaul its downtown shopping district. Westfield World Trade Center, an upscale shopping destination, is penned as 'the new port of entry to Lower Manhattan,' as the area is home to 60,000 neighborhood residents, 300,000 daily commuters who pass through the subway terminal and nearly 15 million international tourists. As it gears up to open its doors for the first time Aug. 16, Westfield World Trade Center is already identifying as New York's latest landmark. Under the Oculus Seen as a center of hope,...
  • Luxury Daily - As construction prices climb, development land bids fall: Knight Frank
    8/11/2016 @ 3:46 AM - London development After a period of strong growth, development land prices in London have returned to 2014 levels, according to a report by Knight Frank. Prime Central London, urban Brownfield and English Greenfield land have all seen prices decrease in the second-quarter of 2016. The impact of stamp duty is making itself clearly visible, as higher-priced areas are seeing skeptical buyers refuse to meet high demands and drive prices down. We are seeing a softening in the market, but the problem is [the market] has a huge problem with supply,” said  Ian Marris, joint head of residential development at Knight Frank . F or a number of years we've been under-providing in terms of...
  • Luxury Daily - Wellness tourism primed for growth from men, Southeast Asia
    8/11/2016 @ 3:31 AM - Spa at Peninsula New York Wellness tourism is projected for an 11 percent compound annual growth rate through 2020, according to Technavio analysts. For Technavio's Global Wellness Tourism Market 2016-2020 Report , wellness tourists are split into two groups, with primary wellness tourists traveling entirely for wellness purposes and secondary wellness tourists indulging in wellness-related activities but planning travel for other reasons. Primary wellness tourists traveling internationally outspend the average international tourist by at least 60 percent, signaling a growing and valuable revenue stream for hotels. 'With the adoption of wellness activities among consumers as a part of changing lifestyle, there is a growing demand for multiple price points and increased convenience and accessibility, thereby...
  • Luxury Daily - Michael Kors, Waldorf Astoria, Audi and Marc Jacobs – Live news
    8/11/2016 @ 2:41 AM - Michael Kors spring/summer 2016 Luxury Dailys live news from Aug. 10: Neville Jacobs turns author with photography book Designer Marc Jacobs' Instagram-famous pup Neville's photogenic qualities are being documented in an upcoming book release. Click here to read the entire article Waldorf Astoria opens in redeveloping San Francisco neighborhood Hilton's Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is banking on the increasing desirability of San Francisco's Transbay neighborhood for affluent travelers with the opening of its latest property. Click here to read the entire article Sturia makes US debut with haute couture caviar France's Sturia is looking to disrupt...
  • Property Wire - Edinburgh named as top city to invest in student accommodation in UK
    8/11/2016 @ 2:19 AM - Edinburgh, Bristol and Brighton are the best university cities to invest in student property in the UK, with Oxford further down the list in fifth place and Cambridge seventh. The research from real estate agent Chestertons takes into account a range of factors including average cost, rent charges and growth in house prices and rates each city out of 10 with the top scoring 8.3, 7.9 and 7.8 respectively. Reading was not far behind with 7.7, then Oxford with 7.5, York with 7.1, Cambridge and St Andrews both on seven, and Southampton and Warwick, both on 6.6 making up the rest of the top 10. Aberystwyth in west Wales, Liverpool and Lancaster came out as the least...
  • Gant Daily - Australia has a new sporting hero: Who is Kyle Chalmers?
    8/11/2016 @ 1:45 AM - Kyle Chalmers has the starring role of the latest Olympic underdog story thats quickly enthralled Australia, his home country, and the rest of the world. Chalmers, 18, is the first Aussie to win the 100m freestyle final since Mike Wenden took gold in Mexico City in 1968. Its unbelievable, I mean, Im only 18,” he told reporters after the race. Nathan [Adrian] is 10 years older than me and hes the reigning Olympic champion so being next to him was pretty daunting for me but I knew I had to stick to my guns.” It was a close race, as shown by this graphic from The New York Times. Its definitely still sinking in that...