Contact sports are best suited to youth. As athletes age, the battery of head-to-head competition, the elevated heart rates of high-pressure moments and the agony of defeat can become—if not quite deadly—at least intensely frustrating. Inter-generational contests are particularly hazardous to old-timers, who may be goaded into attempting dangerous feats of which they have long since failed to be capable. Such was the year for Manhattan’s high-end co-op market, in which sellers—inspired by high-priced closings on newer luxury condominiums, and perhaps recalling the days when co-ops represented the city’s creme de la creme—set prices that their properties had no chance of fetching. Read More
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