Wednesday: Lounge Lizards, Roseanne Colletti, and a ‘Sham’ Billionaire?

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Too handsome to be a criminal

  • Real estate investment group Leslie Dick Worldwide is suing Macklowe Properties for $750 million, alleging a “bid-rigging conspiracy” behind the sale of the stately GM Building. According to Dick, the September 2003 auction was “a fraud and a sham”–because its own $1.5b offer was passed over for Macklowe’s $1.4, and because George Soros gave Macklowe $350m for its purchase. If Google search hits are any indicator, Soros and Macklowe have a combined 4,820,000-point advantage over Leslie Dick. (AP, via NY Daily News)
  • Who said The Times was unpatriotic? Frank Bruni celebrates freedom: “from making a reservation a month in advance; from stuffy dress; from stilted etiquette; from a compulsory prix-fixe sequence of amuse-bouche, appetizer, main course.” Liberation is found, of course, in the magic lounges of New York’s haute eateries (Del Posto, the Modern, Perry St. and more.) (New York Times)
  • Construction on Richard Meier’s 15-story, $1,200-per-square-foot, 119-unit Brooklyn tower reaches the great halfway point. Grand Army Plaza never looked so glassily modern. (Curbed)
  • Cool, hard South Korean cash finally pours into the US real estate market. Corcoran senior VP Neal Sroka gushes: the money “is astronomical.” (Wall Street Journal)
  • Video of the Day: NBC’s Roseanne Colletti takes a very hard look at 1,000 Brooklyn listings, finds that DUMBO has gotten expensive, and suggests Brownsville as a cheap alternative. Somehow Ms. Colletti also found the time this week to uncover the news that Manhattan is still pricey. (WNBC)
  • Just because a Brooklyn Assemblyperson tried to get a $500,000 home by bribing a developer with city-owned land doesn’t mean we all have to toss around cruel phrases like “crime wave.” Or does it? (New York Sun)
  • Max Abelson

    Wednesday: Lounge Lizards, Roseanne Colletti, and a ‘Sham’ Billionaire?