Love this email our company just received to our general mailbox…no, we’re not going to take advantage of this opportunity – as much as I love the Yanks.
When first moving to New York City in the mid-1980s I remember seeing this epic quote in New York Magazine:
“You know what this business is all about? Weenie-waving. Everyone does it. I do too.” -real estate developer Bruce Eichner
Fast forward to the latest copy of Wired Magazine with the theme “Sex in the Digital Age.” The real estate angle includes a mandatory SuperTall building graphic with the theme embedded subtitle.
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Don’t forget to buy his book so he can continue to be inspired to give us these types of insights.
My personal favorite:
But there are so many more to learn from…
My friend Nathan Pyle‘s book NYC Basic Tips & Etiquette is selling out at The Strand and is hovering at around #100± on Amazon overall, #1 in travel and #1 in comics. He’s so modest that he doesn’t realize how amazing it is to have Harper Collins/William Morrow behind the marketing – and they approached him! Even cooler that he gave my wife and I a shoutout in the book!
Here’s the book saga timeline (ie Facebook page).
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My friend Nathan Pyle has penned a book: NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette that should be required reading, well at least required viewing for:
You get what I mean. This book is clearly for everyone.
He’s come a long way from making selfie-videos of his basketball dunking prowess. I’ve long been a fan of his art. Nathan combines nice Midwestern sensibilities (he’s from Ohio) with street smarts, artistic talent and a dab of humor.
In fact Nathan’s only shortcoming is his siding with the “GIF” (Graphics Interchange Format) pronunciation camp while I am squarely in the “Sounds like “Jif” as in the peanut butter AND confirmed by the inventor of the “GIF” camp who said, and I quote:
“It’s pronounced JIF, not GIF.”
Here are a few samples, I plan to revisit his artwork over the next few weeks. The book even provides instructions on where to eat pizza on a busy sidewalk!!! C’mon people, the value add for that alone is worth well above the very modest price! Here are a few samples…
John Cleese, Monty Python Icon, on How to Be Creative
While this 1991 video doesn’t really fit into the general theme of Matrix, it simply isn’t what you think it is – and you don’t need to be a Monty Python Fan.
Get into “open mode” from “closed mode” by getting some quiet time and watching this clip when you get a chance.
Barry Ritholtz over at The Big Picture shared a more recent and shorter version of the speech.
Here’s an excerpt from a recent lawsuit for a NYC property that struck me as high art (modified to keep parties private).
…During the same timeframe in which the Sponsor insisted it was unable to restore service to the Condominium, it was somehow possible to locate and rescue 33 trapped miners in a remote region of Chile.
No not the jam band.
One of my sons texted this image to me without an accompanying description – it clearly reflects his potential appraisal skills.
…2 different sized pieces of string cheese still attached by the packaging…demonstrates he has the:
-Curiosity to stop grazing in the refrigerator long enough to take a picture
-Ability to identify significant variances in otherwise generally similar products
-Skill to capture the image clearly so the reader can observer the disparity
-Joy of seeing something trivial and sharing it with others
An appraiser in the making….
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As the credit world was unraveling around them, email communications between analysts at S&P seems to be pretty damming to their neutrality position. And finally now the lawsuit. There’s a fascinating re-write of the great Talking Heads song “Burning Down The House” by an S&P analyst.
Here is the S&P email with the revised lyrics – as the credit world was imploding…
“With apologies to David Byrne…here’s my version of “Burning Down the House”
Housing market went softer
Strong market is now much weaker
Subprime is boi-ling o-ver
Bringing down the house
CDO biz — has a bother
Leveraged CDOs they were after
Going — all the way down, with
Hey you need a downgrade now
Huge delinquencies hit it now
Bringing down the house.”
Wow. Their other songs like “Wild Wild Life”, “Road to Nowhere”, and “Psycho Killer” might have also done the trick.
With the demolition of the Drake Hotel and the pending construction of Manhattan’s tallest residential condominium 432 Park Avenue, passers by get the opportunity to observe a series of tubes and it’s not the Internet on an adjacent building.
Check out the very cool visual documentation of the 432 Park Avenue development site.
I marvel at old school (modern) engineering when a solution to a problem doesn’t require aesthetics and it’s exposed. Thankfully this masterpiece will be covered as the new 432 Park is constructed.
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We got an extra hour of sleep last night (in theory) as we left Daylight Savings Time.
I came across this post yesterday that got me thinking (more like chuckling), why doesn’t the National Association of Realtors rally public support for shifting the US from using Standard Time to go all Daylight Savings Time in order to promote more housing activity?
Afterall, who wants to get up early and view a purchase or rental property and isn’t housing significant part of the economy? Daylight in early hours benefits farming while daylight in later hours benefits housing activity. Agriculture is about 1% of GDP and housing is 17% to 18% of GDP.
As modern societies operate on the basis of “standard time” rather than solar time, most people’s schedules are not governed by the movements of the earth in relation to the sun. For example, work, school and transport schedules will generally begin at exactly the same time at all times of the year regardless of the position of the sun…if “standard time” is applied year round, a significant portion of the longer sunlight hours will fall in the early morning while there may still be a significant period of darkness in the evening.
Admittedly this idea is way out there, and NAR would be unlikely to lobby this point anytime soon because they would look foolish.
I guess I just don’t like it getting dark at 5pm and I don’t even sell real estate.