Crime & Punishment
celebrity health issues
Saparn Realty‘s Alan Gorelick was arraigned today on felony charges of grand larceny (one count) and criminal possession of a forged instrument (nine counts) today in Manhattan Supreme Court in connection with the theft of more than $600,000 from a Gravesend, Brooklyn, Mitchell-Lama facility he managed, Commercial Observer has learned. The case is being prosecuted by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. Mr. Gorelick pleaded not guilty.
Mr. Gorelick is also suspected of stealing more than $2 million from 30 to 40 other buildings, according to court documents presented today, and the investigation is ongoing.
Lil Wayne (Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.), the hip-hop artist whose album I Am Not a Human Being II dropped on Tuesday, has had a pretty terrible month. Two (or possibly three) seizures in row left him in critical condition in the ICU at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in a medically-induced coma on March 13. He was released five days later, but the episode left many wondering if Mr. Carter would actually be able to go on tour for his new album.
But according to Mr. Carter, this isn’t the first time he’s suffered an epileptic seizure. And it has nothing to do with drugs. So he says.
Former New York Times publisher and chairman Arthur Ochs “Punch” Sulzberger, Sr., who ran the paper from 1963 to 1992, has died. The Times reports Mr. Sulzberger passed away at his Southampton home on Saturday. The senior Sulzberger piloted the paper through the rough seas of the late 1960s and early 1970s and was primarily responsible for pulling the trigger on one of the biggest exposés of the Vietnam War, the Pentagon Papers:
Apparently drama works in daytime. E-Poll Market Research has released a study (unscientific, it would seem) of the most politically divisive celebrities–those preferred disproportionately by either Republicans or Democrats. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the conservative voice on The View, is the most disproportionately loved by GOP members–with a difference of 51 percent in her approval by Read More
Each year, there are upwards of 3,500 serious injuries resulting from traffic accidents. The NYPD has ten times as many officers, yet it only assigns 19 of them to look into such incidents and investigates less than 1 in 10 as a result. Even then, investigations take place only when those involved are dead or believed to be dying. Sometimes they die without an investigation because on the scene, officers believe the injured will make it.
Members of the City Council and families who have lost relatives on the road arrived on the steps of City Hall this morning to decry what they consider a lack of enforcement and announce the introduction of a set of bills and resolutions they hope will impel the police department and the Bloomberg administration to take action.
The hearing room was full and the overflow room was overflowing at the New York City Council’s offices at 250 Broadway this afternoon. Maybe it was the fact that this was the first elevator safety hearing since two New Yorkers lost their lives in elevators in the past year. Maybe it was the fact that this was the first oversight hearing on elevator safety since 2003.
This in a city where most people live and work in high-rise, all serviced by some 60,000 elevators.
The main issue of the afternoon was two new elevator safety bills proposed by the council: one that would require existing elevators to be furnished with more safety devices and another that would require elevator workers to be licensed.
“We require licensing of our plumbers. We require licensing of our electricians. And the lack of elevator licensing is a major loophole,” said councilmember James Vacca, a sponsor of the licensing bill. “It is also a threat to the safety of millions of New Yorkers.”
The issue of the New Yorker available online today contains staff writer Nick Paumgarten’s Davos diary which, while not the juiciest, at least offers an honest explanation of why coverage of the World Economic Forum’s annual boondoggle is always so dull:
Sundance Film Festival
“For us, we had to do something different,” said Donald Trump Jr. last week, his voice rising with excitement.
Freshly tanned from a recent visit to Mexico, where he was overseeing a new project, the slicked-back scion grew steadily more enthusiastic as he discussed 40 Wall Street, an office tower that, with its rising and falling tenant roster, has contributed to the Trump Organization executive vice president’s growing reputation as a competent steward of the family name, a reliable fixer and successful dealmaker in his own right.
Day 2 of the Sundance Film Festival found The Observer snowbound in the extreme. We’re talking enough snow to give Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City transit system nightmares. Astronomic surcharges became the norm as Park City’s anemic livery force struggled to even make the most ludicrous time frames: ”Yeah I can have a guy up there in like 3 and a half hours?” deadpanned one audacious taxi dispatcher, who seemed to take pleasure in seeing so many city slickers squeal.
Express Cabinet, which produces and distributes kitchen cabinetry, closed its deal to purchase the 3.5-acre property at 630 Central Park Avenue in Yonkers Dec. 15 and will move into the building in early spring.
William Cuddy, Jr., and Budd Wiesenberg, both of CBRE, represented the seller, Stewart EFI, in the transaction.