So much for appreciation: the owner of a lot along the High Line, purchased for just under $40 million in 2007, at the height of the boom, just sold it for $40 million, Crain’s reports. The buyer was Property Markets Group, which worked with Michael Stern on the highly successful Walker Tower conversion. How did that happen?
Not among the precious family heirlooms that the de Blasios will be issuing press releases about relocating to Gracie Mansion: a bookshelf, votive candles, a Christmas tree stand and plastic bins. Like so many other moving New Yorkers, the mayoral family left the items on the sidewalk outside their Park Slope house with a free sign, DNAinfo reports. However, no on wanted the tree stand or the plastic bins. Maybe they can go back in the basement until de Blasio returns to civilian life?
But politicians don’t always want to go home again after leaving office. Obama is mulling a move to New York after he leaves office, New York Magazine reports. Other options include Chicago, where the couple has maintained their house in Kenwood or Hawaii.
This Brokelyn writer got bedbugs. He would like you to know that the scourge is never over. We will never get rid of bedbugs, the couch on the street will never be safe. This is a lesson we should have learned by now, but we just have to keep learning it over and over and over again.
Leonard Steinberg and Hervé Senequier are decamping to Urban Compass, The Real Deal reports—a blow for Douglas Elliman, where Mr. Steinberg was one of the top brokers and sold the most expensive property of the 2013 in Tribeca.
NYU isn’t only riling its neighbors in the Village. The New York Times reports that Upper East Siders are apoplectic over the university’s plan to build a covered passageway connecting two townhouses where the university’s Institute of Fine Arts is located.