On the Market: Secret Clubs, Vanishing Gardens, Williamsburg Lost and Found

Williamsburg. (Flickr)

Williamsburg. (Flickr)

Halstead broker Dorothy Somekh may have infiltrated the super-secretive Tiger 21 club, a rarefied conclave of ultra-wealthy entrepreneurs, in order to access their membership to flog exclusive listings, according to a lawsuit filed against the brokerage, the Daily News reports. Ms. Somekh’s “pure greed” inspired her subterfuge,  Tiger 21’s complaint charges. Which makes us wonder just a bit about the motivations of its members, whose average net worth is more than $75 million.

The Frick Museum is involved in a “garden variety dispute” over plans to build over a verdant courtyard designed in the 1970s by renowned landscape architect Russell Page, the Post reports. (Get it? Garden Variety?) Preservationists are displeased with the proposal, thought the museum insists that the courtyard was always intended to be temporary. (Preservationists were no doubt up in arms when the garden itself was planned, replacing, as it did, three existing townhouses.)

In Williamsburg, where “preservation” is mostly a tool to help management consultants feel that their newly-renovated condos are just brimming with “authenticity,” Curbed takes a peek into the neighborhood’s past, to a time when there were good and practical reasons for waxed handlebar mustaches. Just kidding. There wasn’t ever such a time.

If you’ve been concerned that Bill de Blasio seems a bit too intent on making things fair for everyone, buck up, Tech Cocktail suggests that New York, not Silicon Valley, has been “the fastest growing technology startup ecosystem” over the last 10 years. Which, of course, means that things are due to become even less affordable.

Probably a good thing for the city’s high-end moving services, though. Who but the outlandishly overcompensated, after all, would opt for Flat Rate Elite’s “low noise” move, for a $150 surcharge? Or shell out $6,000-$9,000 for a run-of-the-mill relocation courtesy of NouvelleView?

The good news, according to an exhaustive story in the Times about the social bonds between building staff and residents, is that rumors of class war seem to have been greatly exaggerated.

Cause for celebration indeed. The Times also has a look at a century-old festival in Williamsburg, which apparently not only sends recent arrivals to the Hamptons on summer weekends, but also attracts some who have flown the coop altogether for the Giglio Feast. It certainly looks like more fun than yesterday’s congestion on Smith Street.