Remember that period in the late 2000s when it became virtually impossible to escape producer and Justin Timberlake bestie Timbaland? Well now he’s trying something new: angel investing. VentureBeat reports that he’s invested in a music software startup called Open Labs, which makes it easier to lay down a track or two.
Maybe he ran out of patience with JT’s years-long hiatuses to work on his acting career.
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Last we checked in with Upper East Side developer Solomon Asser and his Tecny Group, they were turning a carved-up, 16-foot-wide apartment building back into a single-family residence. This time, Mr. Asser is going the other way: he recently listed a commercial building that his group bought back in 2011 and has carved up into three residential units.
Mr. Asser paid $3.75 million for the building at 350 East 81st Street, just off First Avenue (“the heart of the Upper East Side,” exaggerates the listing). “The building was in really bad shape because it wasn’t taken care of,” Mr. Asser told The Observer. “A totally dilapidated building. It was turned into some kind of a commercial space at a certain time. The previous ownership just wanted to get out.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t want to talk about Anthony Weiner. He really doesn’t–seriously.
“I appreciate that you continue to ask questions that you know that I don’t want to answer,” he deadpanned earlier today when faced with yet another question on Mr. Weiner, this one about the scandal-scarred mayoral candidate’s recent rise in the polls.
“I respect your perseverance,” he added. “I hope that you respect my discipline.”
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By now, you’ve probably heard about the viral sensation that’s, shall we say, galloping across the nation. It’s called Prancercise, and it’s a questionably-effective exercise regime developed by a Florida woman who’s wild about horses. Strap on some ankle weights, turn on some groovy music, and prance around like a horse. That’s literally how it Read More
The things you miss when you keep regular hours! The Daily Dot reports that late last night, the trolls of Rustle League briefly gained the ability to post whatever they wanted to @YourAnonNews. Naturally, they used the opportunity for bragging and, yes, lulz.
Darwin the Japanese macaque, better known as “Ikea Monkey,” is caught in the middle of a vicious custody battle, according to The Telegraph. Darwin rose to fame when a Twitter user tweeted a picture of him wearing a fancy shearling coat and a diaper in a Toronto Ikea parking lot. He even reached Peak Meme status when he was parodied by every lady’s favorite porn star, James Deen.
Around the town
Now if only they could trick tourists into visiting the Fresh Kills Landfill.
On Thursday, the city added tourist information about about Staten Island’s ship graveyard to its summer guide for British visitors.
“It may not have the #MaryRose, but NYC does have a rather spooky Boat Graveyard on Staten Island,” New York’s Read More
It’s hot. It’s Friday. It’s a Summer Friday.
If you work somewhere that still gives employees the genteel publishing perks of yesteryear, then you are almost done pretending to work while making afternoon plans. So hurry up, happy hours don’t drink themselves. Here is a handy map showing where New York City book publishing houses are located to help with your planning–unless, of course you are stuck enjoying BEA, in which case, have fun.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar-winning star of Capote, recently revealed that he has spent the past year spiraling out of a prescription drug habit and into a week-long heroin snorting binge. That Mr. Hoffman, whose iconic voice and posture has been imitated by many, also disclosed (to TMZ.com) that he had struggled with drug issues in the past and had fallen off the wagon after 23 years clean only serves to make the amount of time the actor spent in detox more confusing.
During the last real estate boom, Irish buyers were falling over themselves to buy in the Centria, a glossy tower 35-story tower at 18 West 48th Street overlooking Rockefeller Center. Sight and site unseen, cash-flush Celts were buying off floorplans, in multiples, with gleeful abandon—those were the days!
When New York’s real estate market tanked, buyers in the building—which opened in 2007—saw the value of their investments (they were nearly all investments, rented out while they waited for their pay-out) plummet. Turned out that Manhattan real estate was not always the best way to go about Dublin your money (sorry!).