Things that give us hope
Luxury lofts and a gourmet deli now occupy the former home of Max’s Kansas City and Warhol’s Factory in the Decker Building has been replaced by a Puma Store and yet more luxury apartments. But here’s some news that’s not completely disheartening: John Cale’s old apartment on Ludlow Street is occupied by artists, reports The Wall Street Journal.
The Velvet Underground co-founder fled the Lower East Side and New York City long ago (he now lives in L.A.), but we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief that the cultural geography of the city has not been completely eroded by wealth.
Red Carpet Real Estate
Finally, a celebrity house that doesn’t fill us with feelings of longing and sadness! And it’s written about in The Wall Street Journal, that organ of the upper classes. What gives?
No, this is not a new turn for the paper that brought you that video segment on whether or not rich people should buy yachts. Nor is a paean to Bloomberg’s plan to bring micro apartments to Manhattan. It’s William Shatner, remembering fondly the shithole he lived in back in the late 1950s.
Meeting the Press
So The Journal announced its new Friday real estate section today. You can read all about it in the release below. What struck us though, was the name. “Mansion” it will be called.
We couldn’t help but think it lacked a certain sophistication (say the people who brought you VelvetRoper.com), so herewith are some suggestions: Read More
Even during these dreary times, the ambition that carries on in Manhattan real estate is practically Shakespearean. People who spend many millions of dollars on a chunk of luxury property one day seem to believe that chunk will be sellable the next for many millions more.
On Aug. 11, a limited liability corporation controlled Read More