Taj Mahal Slim

Visitors beware: the Taj Mahal is being slimed This isn’t a Nickelodeon gag, it’s the work of millions of insects

The Taj Mahal is one of the most popular tour destinations on earth. But now, visitors of the famed mausoleum will get a little some阿爱上海同城 阿拉爱上海同城thing extra: green slime.

Millions of mosquito-like insects are thrivin爱上海 爱上海同城手机版g off of a nutritious algae blooming along the banks of the nearby Yamuna River and swarming the Taj Mahal. When the insects mate – and the are mating 爱上海同城论坛 爱上海同城– they excrete a green substance, which has begun to coat the famed building’s marble walls.

“I have been constantly watching how the river pollution has gone from bad to worse,” D.K. Joshi, who filed a petition over the insects in the National Green Tribunal, an environmental court last week, told the New York Times. “The encroachments on and around the riverbed, the sewage going directly into the river” are choking it, he said.

The effects of pollution on human health in Indian has become a top concern for officials, but its cost to India’s cultural heritage has received less attention, according to the Times.

However, the green secretions a residue made up of the chlorophyll the insects consume on the back wall of the Taj Mahal is not actually harmful beyond the discoloration, Girish Maheshwari, the head of the department of entomolo上海千花网交友 上海千花网论坛gy at St. John’s College in Agra, told the Times.

“They can create problems for the visitors,” he added. [NYT] –Christopher Cameron

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Bjarke Ingels

Bjarke Ingels will build you the tower of your dreams just don t ask him to sign the paperwork Da上海贵族宝贝交流区 上海贵族宝贝论坛nish architect discusses collaboration, red tape and 2 WTC at New Yorker fest

From left: Bjarke Ingels, 2 World Trade Center and Larry Silverstein

Bjarke Ingels client list in the U.S. includes Silverstein Properties, Tishman Speyer and Google. He s been honored with seemingly every accolade and his perma-smirk graces the cover of several American magazines.

But in the eyes of Uncle Sam, he s a hack.

The Danish architect said U.S. officials don t acknowledge his credentials because they don t recognize his education at Escola Tècnica Superior d Arquitectura in Barcelona and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. This, he said, caused some problems in getting licensed in New York.

After months and months and all kinds of lawyer bills, I get a polite letter saying that they don t acknowledge my education and I can go down the route of professional internships, Ingels said, winning laughter from the audience at the New Yorker Festival Sunday. His firm, Bjarke Ingels Group, was able to work around this obstacle because some of its partners are licensed. Ingels is far from alone in this: Several high-profile, foreign-educated architects, includ上海千花网论坛 上海千花网ing the late Zaha Hadid, have worked with locally-licensed firms because they were not authorized to work in New York.

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NYC Eviction

Meet the landlord attorney with a lead foot and a div新爱上海同城对对碰论坛 上海同城对对碰交友社区isive style Bradley Silverbush’s motto is, “Don’t brake until you see God”

Bradley Silverbush (Credit: Jennifer Graylock)

UPDATED, Monday, Jan. 23 at 7:33 p.m.: Landlords looking to boot unwelcome tenants have an ace in their pockets, and his name is Bradley Silverbush.

The 60-year-old senior litigation member at Rosenberg Estis has a reputation as a brash but effective landlord attorney, whose job it is to con上海贵族宝贝 上海千花网龙凤论坛vince judges to evict tenants. With a passion for fast cars, his motto is, Don t brake until you上海千花网论坛 上海千花网 see God.

The son of a Holocaust survivor, Silverbush put himself through community college, the University of Buffalo and Pace University s law school before cutting his teeth as a landlord lawyer in the Bronx in the 1980s. Of the rough times, he told the New York Times. I loved it.

It s a skill that Silverbush honed in the schoolyard in Syracuse, N.Y., where he d collect $1 from children about to be beaten up; he d split his earnings with the bully.

It s easy to feel sympathetic for his opponents, including an elderly woman with dementia who was kicked out of her home, as well as a pregnant woman evicted a week before Christmas because her boyfriend, a drug dealer, was storing drugs in the apartment. “He can be very aggressive and has a pretty substantial ego, said Fishman Rozen attorney and frequent courtroom opponent James B. Fishman.

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Stuart Elliott The Real Deal

Stuart Elliott

You can say one thing about the investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Moscow during the 2016 election — we’ve never gotten such an inside play-by-play look at the mechanics of international real estate dealmaking.

The probe by special counsel Robert Mueller (whatever it finds), in addition to other inquiries and leaks, has shone a light on the vast web of industry players in Trump’s orbit and their efforts to line up shady money and connections around the globe in pursuit of property deals.

In one of our biggest stories in the issue, we profile Brad Zackson, a figure in Trump’s world who has largely escaped scrutiny to date. He爱上海同城论坛 爱上海同城 has been the real estate fixer for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, an active investor himself and a central character in Mueller’s probe into the Trump campaign. Zackson, a protégé of Donald’s father, Fred Trump, also served five years in prison following an attempted murder charge in the 1980s.

In recent months, Zackson has been assisting Manafort in his lobbying efforts. Among other things, that’s entailed helping China’s largest privately owned builder get infrastructure contracts in the U.S., including one to build a school for the Navy in Guantánamo — which could raise national security concerns due to its sensitive nature.

In 2008, Manafort and Zackson made an unsuccessful run at the Drake Hotel site (now home to 阿拉爱上海同城 爱上海龙凤419桑拿432 Park Avenue), backed by equity investments from two Eastern Euro[……]

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18 Sidney Place

Kushner Companies hit with second rent stabilization suit in Brooklyn 18 Sidney Place, a former Brooklyn Law School dorm, should not have free-market rents, tenants claim

Laurent Morali and 18 Sidney Place

UPDATED, Nov. 14, 1:53 p.m.: In July, Kushner Companies reportedly put two Brooklyn Heights rental buildings on the market, hoping to get nearly three times what the company paid three years prior.

The properties at 18 Sidney Place and 144 Willow Street were once dormitories for Brooklyn Law School, but re-entered the free market as rental apartments after Kushner s purchase in February 2014 for a combined $7.6 million. That same year, Kushner paid $14.3 million for another former law school property, 89 Hicks Street, and charged market-rate rents.

But a tenant s rights organization believes Kushner s swift repositioning of the former dorms into market-rate apartments violates rent stabilization laws. In August, law firm Newman Ferrara filed suit on behalf of tena爱上海同城 爱上海nts at 89 Hicks Street and on Tuesday, it filed a separate complaint alleging the same rent stabilization violations occurred at 18 Sidney Place.

According to c上海贵族宝贝交流区 上海贵族宝贝论坛ourt filings, 18 Sidney Place was a rent-stabilized rental building prior to its adaptation by Brooklyn Law School for student housing in 1991. The academic use of the property allowed the school temporary release from rent stabilization, but if the buildings returned to the market as rental apartments, they were required to be brought back under[……]

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Glenwood Power Plant in Yonkers gets $1M development grant

The redevelopment of the Glenwood Power Plant on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers got a boost with a $1 million grant from the Mid-Hudson Development Council. Built in 1907 to power the railroad, the cavernous facility was abandoned in the 1970s. The Lela Goren Group bought it in 2012 with a $15.7 million plan to preserve the上海贵族宝贝交流区 上海贵族宝贝论坛 historic structure and turn it into a cultural center. “Phase I” of the conversion, which included stabilizing the structu上海千花网龙凤论坛 上海千花社区re and doing priority utility work, was complete上海龙凤论坛 新上海贵族宝贝论坛d this year. [City of Yonkers]

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New Canaan first selectman worries poor train and cell services hurt property values

New Canaan first selectman worries poor train and cell services hurt property values

Kevin Moynihan, New Canaan’s new first selectman, is concerned that a range of issues facing his town — from poor cell network coverage to a lack of natural gas lines to cutbacks in weekend Metro-North service — could impact the local real estate market, the New Canaan Adv新爱上海同城对对碰论坛 上海同城对对碰交友社区ertiser reported. There are plans in place to start construction on a natural gas line in March爱上海同城论坛 爱上海同城, but the l上海贵族宝贝交流区 上海贵族宝贝论坛ack of adequate cell phone service is a public safety problem and “is impa阿爱上海同城 阿拉爱上海同城cting our real estate values,” he said. As for the state’s cost-cutting plan to limit evening and weekend trains on New Canaan’s spur line, Moynihan said, “You’re talking about destroying the economy of the town.” [New Canaan Advertiser]

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Biltmore Apartments NYC

Slate, GreenOak nearing $250M-plus deal for the Biltmore Midtown rental tower is part of massive Jack Parker portfolio

From left: 271 West 47th Street, GreenOak’s Sonny Kalsi, Slate’s David Schwartz and Martin Nussbaum

Slate Property Group and GreenOak Real Estate are in late-stage talks to buy the Biltmore rental tower in Midtown for north of $250 million, sources told The Real Deal.

The partners are close to signing a contract to buy the 464-unit rental building at 271 West 47th Street from the Jack Parker Corporation, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.

The 52-story tower is part of the seven新上海贵族宝贝论坛 上海贵族宝贝交流区-property, mixed-use portfolio that Jack Parker put on the market earlier this year.

Representatives for Slate, GreenOak and Jack Parker did n上海夜网论坛 上海夜网ot i上海千花网交友 上海千花网论坛mmediately respond to requests for comment. Newmark Knight Frank s Jimmy Kuhn and David Colen, who are marketing the portfolio, also could not be reached.

Slate, led by David Schwartz and Martin Nussbaum, and Sonny Kalsi’s GreenOak have teamed up before. The partners bought the 38-story rental building at 420 East 54th Street in early 2016 for $390 million and, after a renovation, rebranded it as the Oriana at River Tower. Just last week, GreenOak raised $1.6 billion for its latest real estate fund.

The partners are said to be planning a similar repositioning with the Biltmore, which Jack Parker teamed up with the Moinian Group to develop in 2001. At the time, it was one of a handful of new apartment towers[……]

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Peter Fine

Peter Fine pays nearly $30M for East Harlem site along the Second Avenue subway’s next phase Developer in past several years has focused on the Bronx

Peter Fine and 1986-1998 Second Avenue (Credit: Google Images)

Peter Fine staked out a site along the path of the Second Avenue subway’s next phase.

Fine — who earlier this year launche爱上海同城 爱上海d a new platform, Bolivar Development — paid $28.5 million to buy almost a full block along Secon爱上海 爱上海同城手机版d Avenue between 102nd a爱上海同城对对碰 爱上海同城论坛nd 103rd Streets in East Harlem where he plans to develop an apartment building with 160 rental units, sources told The Real Deal.

“The subway is only going to help the market-rate rents,” Fine told TRD. “I also think that we have an increasing rental population in New York City that wants to live in diverse communities, and this area offers more diversity and culture than buildings south of 96th Street.”

“And I don’t mean culture like the Metropolitan Museum,” he added.

Itan Rahmani of Venture Capital Properties, who negotiated the sale with his colleague Rotem Elias, said there s been a lot of hype in the area around the subway extension.

“There’s definitely going to be rental growth when the second phase takes place, he said. There are going to be stops at 96th Street and 106th Street, and this is right in between them.”

Itanel Rahmani and Rotem Elias of Venture Capital Properties

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