Friday: Escape Strategies

  • Israelis inspired by images of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center devised escape pods to build along the outside of buildings. The Office of Emergency Management says its unnecessary. (CNN)
  • Steven Wynn is selling his Beverly Hills pad for classier digs in Vegas. (Forbes)
  • Forbes finds that “members of the 55-and-over club can choose to live in age-restricted settings that most Americans would envy, complete with elegant dining rooms, groomed golf courses, pre-dinner cocktails on the veranda, day spas and stretch limousines for trips to the grocery store.” At least, some people can choose it.
  • Fannie Mae has an $11 billion accounting scandal, but a 2,652-page report says that management didn’t “knowingly” participate. (Inman News)
  • Two Mitchell-Lama buildings in the Bronx are going co-op–this time, the tenants are behind it, and the plan is for them to buy back the apartments an affordable prices. (The New York Times)
  • Architecture for Humanity (AFH) founder Cameron Sinclair doesn’t want to be Frank Gehry. He’s looking for low-cost housing solutions to help people suffering around the world. (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Doctors Without Borders wants to teach New Yorkers what it’s like to live in a refugee camp, so they’ll be recreating them in Central and Prospect parks. (New York Sun)
  • The Homeless Outreach Population Estimate is on Monday. (Gothamist)
  • For shoppers, Rivington Street is a “smorgasbord of strange treasures.”(The Village Voice)
  • - Riva Froymovich