Thursday: “Dear Larry, I’m Worried …”

  • Sell properties fast with upgraded light fixtures and new room configurations. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Scandal! Secretly obtained e-mails from Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison’s inbox sent by his personal financial adviser reveal that Larry, one of the world’s richest men, needs to stay on a budget. (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • The McCondo profile: “Buyers of jumbo condos are like the wealthy people who choose to live in gated communities rather than on private estates.” (The New York Times)
  • When people live in area prone to natural disaster, who is responsibile for funding repairs? The state? (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Rising property taxes are costing homeowners their future plans, and some are doing something about it. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • It’s true: Craigslist rental listings in NYC will cost $10 each come March 1st. (Curbed)
  • The 10-acre Caribbean island that sheltered James Bond author Ian Fleming has just come on the market for $8 million. (Forbes)
  • Two of the Bahamas Tourism Board’s new subway advertisements will be removed by CBS Outdoor because they promote poor behavior. Such as, “How to turn a seat into a hammock.” (Gothamist)
  • The community board battling noise in the East Village and Lower East Side is automatically refusing to recommend that restaurants and bars on certain blocks are approved for their liquor license. (The New York Times)
  • Bloomberg continues to predict a slower housing market “with a 10 percent decline in home prices, a 14 percent decline in home sales.” (The Real Deal)
  • An album of named buildings with prominent displays. (Forgotten NY)
  • The Russian Tea Room closed its doors in 2002, but now there are plans to build a luxury residential high-rise above the space where members of the Russian Imperial Ballet passed the vodka. (New York Post)
  • - Riva Froymovich