Bran Castle

You can now spend the night in Bran Castle via Airbnb The castle was the inspiration for Dracula’s lair

Bran Castle, Romania. (Image Credit: Airbnb)

Searching for a truly terrifying Halloween exp新上海贵族宝贝论坛 上海贵族宝贝交流区erience? Why not sleep in a coffin in Transylvania like a true vampire? Bran Castle in Romania, which was the inspiration for Count Dracula’s castle in Bram Stoker’s classic story, has been listed on Airbnb as part of a Halloween giveaway.

The castle accommodates two people, who will get to sleep in individual specially designed, velvet-trimmed coffins for free on October 31.

Airbnb has partnered with novelist Dacre Stoker — “Dracula” author Bram Stoker’s great grand-nephew — who will provide a guided tour of the legendary 14th-century castle to the competition winners and give an insight into the historical truths behind the vampire myth.

Stoker will explain the historical connection of how Vlad the Impaler became known as Dracula, and how the legend lived on for centurie上海千花网交友 上海千花网论坛s.

“Bram Stoker included many references to real people and real historical anecdotes and questioned whether vampires are really a myth at all,” said Stoker in an emailed statement.

This isn’t the first time Airbnb has turned to local legends for Halloween. In 2015, the website partnered with 爱上海同城对对碰 爱上海同城论坛Paris Catacombs, offering a one-night stay inside a mass grave.

To enter, visit the Bran Castle listing and tell Stoker in no more than 550 characters what woul上海千花网论坛 上海千花网d you say to Count Dracula if you were to meet him in his castle.

Earlier this year the owners of the castle ha爱上海 爱上海同城手机版d to quash rumors that they were selling their spooky spread.

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Fort Greene, Greenpoint primed for retail rent growth Surge of new apartment supply should boost shopping corridors

A map of the Greenpo爱上海同城对对碰 爱上海同城论坛int Landing redevelopment project (click to enlarge) and a rendering of 300 Ashland Place in Fort Greene (Credit: Brookfield Properties and Two Trees Management)

With nearly 10,000 new apartments heading for Fort Greene and Greenpoint, the neighborhoods’ shopping streets are pri阿拉爱上海同城 爱上海龙凤419桑拿med to see a surge in retail rents.

Near the intersection of Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street in Fort Greene, developers are planning to deliver roughly 3,800 new apartments and 900 hotel rooms. And in Greenpoint, where Franklin Street is the main shopping drag, there are nearly 6,000 new apartments in the pipeline.

Brooklyn-based brokerage CPEX 上海夜网 阿爱上海同城, which compiles an annual report on the borough’s retail scene, thinks the addition of all those new potential shoppers will result in a sharp incline in retail rents, Crain’s reported.

People want to know the next corridor where we are going to see the biggest increase in pricing, CPEX managing director Ryan Condren said. There are still a lot of places in Brooklyn that are at a low base point and have room to grow.

Over the past 10 years, Brooklyn’s priciest retail corridor – Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg – has seen asking rents increase 477 percent, and investor are looking to get in on the ground floor of the borough’s next hot spot.

Bushwick’s Wyckoff Avenue, Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights and neighborhoods such as Flatbush and Prospect Gardens are also primed to see a jolt to rents.

But the borough does face some headwinds as the retail market as a whole faces challenges such as competition from e-commerce. Only six of the 130 retail corridors that CPEX tracks saw annual increases in asking rents.

Brooklyn may be better prepared than Manhattan, though, to adjust with the shifting market. More than 60 percent of new leases signed in Brooklyn last year were for bars and restaurants, the kinds of shopping th爱上海龙凤419桑拿 上海龙凤论坛sh1fat can’t be replicated online, while上海贵族宝贝交流区 上海贵族宝贝论坛 those kinds of leases only made up 41 percent of the deals inked last year in Manhattan. [Crain’s] – Rich Bockmann

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Howard Marks

Howard Marks wants judge to seal court records for 740 Park lawsuit Billionaire’s neighbors claimed th爱上海同城论坛 爱上海同城ey lost sleep because of Marks’ lengthy co-op renovations

Howard Marks and 740 Park Avenue

A legal skirmish between feuding neighbors at 740 Park Ave上海千花网 爱上海同城对对碰nue proves it: all the money in the world can t buy peace and quiet or anonymity in New York City.

Billionaire financ爱上海同城论坛 爱上海同城ier Howard Marks is asking a judge to keep the details of a lawsuit over renovations at his co-op unit from hitting the press, claiming in legal papers that he’s worried about privacy.

Marks’ neighbors at 740 Park Avenue, semiconductor mogul Hamburg Tan and wife 上海贵族宝贝论坛 上海贵族宝贝Miranda, sued the Oaktree Capital head, claiming they suffered “sleep deprivation, anxiety and depression” because of lengthy renovations, the New York Post reported. Last year, a New York Supreme Court judge issued an order to limit the the amount of time per day Marks could carry out his years-long construction work.

Marks now wants the Manhattan judge to seal a letter and exhibit in the case. The Tangs, however, want the information to remain public.

“Defendant Marks has made personal revelations and disclosed intimate details about his homes when he stood to gain worldwide publicity and financial gain,” they said in court pape上海同城对对碰交友社区 上海夜网论坛rs, according to the newspaper, referring to Marks’ decision to feature the apartment in magazine Architectural Digest.

Jennifer Rearden, an attorney for Marks, said all renovations were completed eight months ago, and that Marks only agreed to the feature because his name was not included.

Marks paid $52.5 million for the co-op in 2012. He’s currently trying to sell his Ritz Carlton pad for $27 million, almost half the original asking price.  [NYP] Miriam Hall

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Ann Taylor parent c上海千花社区 上海千花网交友ompany renews lease at 7 Times Square Retailer occupies 300K sf in Bo阿拉爱上海同城 爱上海龙凤419桑拿ston Properties, Norges tower

Doug Linde and 7 Times Square

The pa上海千花网 爱上海同城对对碰rent company of fashion retailer Ann Taylor renewed its lease at Boston Properties’ 7 Times Square.

Boston Properties president Doug Linde said during the company’s third-quarter earnings call Thursday said Ann I上海贵族宝贝交流区 上海贵族宝贝论坛nc., which also owns the brand Loft, just signed the deal “this week”, the Commercial Observer reported.

Linde didn’t provide much detail on the deal, but CoStar Group shows the tenant occupies roughly 300,000 square feet across three floors in the 47-story tower, according to the CO.

The company signed a 15-year lease to anchor the 1.3 million-square-foot tower between West 41st and West 42nd Streets in 2004. The lease was set to expire in 2020.

Boston Properties executives said they provided Ann Inc. with a free rent period in 2008 as a sweetener to sign a long-term renewal.

Boston Properties owns 7 Times Square with the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund Norges Bank, which paid $684 million in 2013 to acquire新爱上海同城对对碰论坛 上海同城对对碰交友社区 a 45 percent stake in the property. [CO] – Rich Bockmann

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WeWork co-founder on $2爱上海同城手机版 新爱上海同城对对碰论坛0B valuation: “Who gives a shit? Miguel McKelvey was also surprised by reaction to Lord & Ta上海千花网 爱上海同城对对碰ylor deal

Miguel McKelvey

WeWork’s $20 billion valuation is the talk of the town, but the company’s co-founder Miguel McKelvey is evidently tired of hearing about it.

“You can say OK it’s your opinion I’m overvalued or undervalued. Like, who gives a shit? It doesn’t affect me and the business I’m trying to do,” he said at a [email protected] event Tuesday night. “Valuation does not come into the equation. So why do we even need to be in that discussion? I don’t care. Everyone else in the world [can] discuss it.”

McKelvey’s claim is debatable, to say the least. The co-working company’s valuation allowed it to raise billions from investors under favorable terms. Earlier this year, the company landed a $4.4 billion investment from Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, in part to fuel its expansion into Asia.

McKelvey described the firm’s foray into Japan as a kind of cultural crusade. “Let’s just say that work culture in Japan is messed up, right, I think that a lot of people would agree with that,” he said. “We’re looking at it as entering the market to help shift that reality.”

McKelvey reiterated that the company doesn’t see itself as a co-working company, but as a “community company” involved in several different business lines and acknowledged that this can sound vague. “It’s hard to go home for Thanksgiving and explain what WeWork is,” he said.

In recent months, the firm has launched a gym and even an elementary school. Its WeLive co-living business, however, has stalled somewhat. The company once planned to have more than 30 co-living locations open by the end of 2017, but now it only has two (with a third on the way). McKelvey blamed the complexity of real estate development for its slow progress.

“WeLive, to do it right, is mostly ground-up construction,” he said. “Conversions, which we did, are okay, but to do it really well, to create the environments we think are the best, we prefer to do ground-up.”

“The cycle for ground-up development, to do it with partners, is so much longer,” he added. “So there are many projects that are in process b上海夜网 阿爱上海同城ut you just don’t hear about them yet.”

The Real Deal reported last week that an investor group led by WeWork’s other co-founder, Adam Neumann, bought a $65 million mortgage on a Chelsea development site. The assemblage had been rumored as a po爱上海同城论坛 爱上海同城tential location for a WeLive project, but it wasn’t clear whether that’s still the target.

In October, WeWork made headlines when it announced the $850 million acquisition of the Lord Taylor building in Midtown in partnership with private equity firm Rhone Group. McKelvey said the media’s excitement about the deal took him by surprise. “We were not in the market for a building like the Lord Taylor building thinking, ‘That’s what we have to get,’ he said. “The notoriety that came with it w上海贵族宝贝论坛 上海贵族宝贝asn’t planned. And to be honest, it w[……]

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Hamptons Cheat Sheet: Legendary ballerina lists Bridgehampton home for $37M, East Hampton megamansion s price slashed to $65M more

Clockwise from left: Famed ballerina Sono Osato puts her home on the market, mega-mansion shaves $5 million off its $70 million ask, Mel Brooks former home returns to the market.

Legendary ballerina lists Bridgehampton summer home for $37M
The family of famed ballerina Sono Osato have listed the 98-year-old dancer s summer home for $37 million, the Wall Street Journal reported. The home sits on about four acres and spans 7,200 square feet with five bedrooms (each featuring a fireplace), five bathrooms, three half-baths, a ten爱上海 爱上海WIFInis court and a pool. Debora爱上海同城手机版 新爱上海同城对对碰论坛h Srb of Sotheby’s International Realty is handling the listing. [TRD]

About $5M shaved off $70M price tag for East Hampton megamansion
The 13,626-square-foot oceanfront estate in East Hampton is going for $65 million. The oceanfront home has seven beds, nine-and-a-half baths, a custom Valucine kitchen, an oceanside lap pool, a two-car garage and hides behind 20-foot hedges. Last sold in 2005 for $19.2 million, the home is back on the market under Douglas Elliman s Tal Alexander. [Curbed]

Meeting for Montauk parking lot paving proposal flooded with Joni Mitchell references 
The East Hampton Town Board is weighing whether to pave over a dirt parking lot serving Ditch Plain Beach. The board authorized a bond isssue of up to $250,000 while pointing out the money doesn t guarantee any commitment to the project but the board displayed a few potential plans at its last meeting. Locals, criticizing the proposals, repeatedly quoted Joni Mitchell s refrain they paved paradise and put up a parking lot from her 1970 hit Big Yellow Taxi. [East Hampton Star]

A 11.5-acre Wainscott compound lists for $39M after cutting $3M off ask
A 135-year-old home on a nearly 12-acre plot went on the market last summer for $42 million, but that price was recently slashed by $3 million. The owners, who brought the land 35 years ago renovated the building, expanding it to 5,000 square feet with six bed上海千花网交友 上海千花网论坛rooms, five-and-a-half baths, a full basement, vaulted beamed ceilings and wraparound covered porches. The land also offers a tennis court and pool. Debbie Loeffler, Debbie Brenneman and Charlie Esposito of Corcoran have the listing. [Curbed]

Mel Brooks former Water Mill home back on the market for nearly $12M
The 2,000-square-foot home on an acre of beachfront is back on the market for $11.9 million. Comedy icon Mel Brooks and his wife, actress Anne Bancroft, bought the three-bedroom, three-bathroom place in 2000 for $3 million, but Brooks sold it in 2010 for $5.3 million. The place changed hands several times thereafter and is again back on the market, offering sunrise views over the Atlantic and sunsets over Mecox Bay. Mary Ann Cinelli at Brown Harris Stevens is representing the property. [Behind the Hedges]

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Feil Org. sues architect over bungled Billionaires’ Row conversion Landlord seeking $12.5M in damages from Goldste上海千花网论坛 上海千花网in, Hill & West

140 West 57th Street and Jeffrey Feil

The Feil Organization is suing its architects over a botched plan to convert a Billionaires’ Row office building into condominiums.

The landlord claims architects at Goldstein, Hill West missed zoning restrictions that limited the scope of the planned conve阿爱上海同城 阿拉爱上海同城rsion of 140 West 57th Street, the New York Post reported.

Feil bought the 14-story, 80,000-square-foot building from Harry Macklowe in 2009 for $59 million, and in recent years stopped renewing leases with office tenants as it planned to empty out the building to make way for a residential conversion.

The zoning lot and development agreement covering the property and spelling out just what Feil can build there has been in place since 1984, public records show.

Feil hired Goldsein, Hill West in 2015 to conduct a feasibility study and spent $12.2 million on plans. But the architecture firm allegedly didn’t take into account zoning restrictions that 阿爱上海同城 阿拉爱上海同城limit the height of t上海贵族宝贝论坛 上海贵族宝贝he building and what could be done on the roof, according to the Post.

The landlord is suing for $12.5 million in damages. [NYP] – Rich Bockmann

https://nypost.com/2018/04/28/architects-bad-condo-conversion-plans-cost-me-12m-suit/

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Alone together: Study says open-plan offices might make us anti-social Office design might lead to less in-person interaction

A silhouette of someone staring at their computer screen (Credit: Pexels and iStock)

The fact that you can see all of your co-workers doesn t necessarily mean you re going to talk to any of them.

According to a new study by Harvard University, open-plan offices might actually deter employees from working together. Instead, workers are more likely to communicate by instant messaging and email, the New York Post reported.

But there s a caveat: The study only looked at two Fortune 500 companies. At one company, after doing away with cubicles, employees spent an average of 1.7 hours on in-pe上海夜网论坛 上海夜网rson interactions. That s down from the average 5.8 hours they spent when walled off from each other, according to the report.

At the second 爱上海同城对对碰 爱上海同城论坛company, in-person interactions decreased by 67 percent. According to one of the study s researchers, Ethan Bernstein, people working in open-plan offices might feel more self-conscious. Feeling that they need to constantly look busy, the上海千花网交友 上海千花网论坛y avoid eye contact and stare at their computer screens.

“On the one hand, it is hard to believe that people would not have a more vibrant and interactive experience when they work in an open office,” researcher Ethan Bernstein said.上海同城对对碰交友社区 上海夜网论坛 “On the other hand, I’ve spent enough time on the (subway) at rush hour to see that being packed together doesn’t necessarily 上海夜网 阿爱上海同城lead to interaction.” [NYP] — Kathryn Brenzel

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Rahm Emanuel

As brutal cold grips city, mayor invokes emergency powers against bad landlords City workers will make repairs to ensure rental units have heat — and then bill the property owners for the work

Chicago apartment buildings in winter (Credit: iStock)

With the city locked down amid wind chills pushing 50 degrees below zero, Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a rare order Wednesday instructing building inspectors not to wait for permission from landlords before fixing heating systems in rental buildings that violate city code.

The mayor directed buildings department Commissioner Judy Frydland to “use her police powers” to “to restore heat in buildi上海贵族宝贝 上海千花网龙凤论坛ngs where landlords are failing to do their jobs,” Emanuel said in a press release.

The frigid weather forced local courts to close Wednesday and Thursday, but city leaders “are not waiting 48 hours … to hold landlords accountable,” Emanuel said.

The city’s heat ordinance requires apartment owners to maintain daytime temperatures of 68 degrees or higher, and nighttime tempera新上海贵族宝贝论坛 上海贵族宝贝交流区tures of at least 66 degrees. Earlier t爱上海同城 爱上海his month, city officials said they had received more than 600 tenant complaints about cold units and were taking legal action against 10 landlords, according to NBC Chicago.

In cases when landlords don’t abide by the ordinance, city attorneys usually ask judges to appoint a “receiver” to make emergency repairs, officials said. But with courts closed, the buildings department is appo上海千花社区 上海千花网交友inting maintenance workers on its own.

By the time the announcement went out Wednesday morning, crews already had made emergency repairs to three buildings, according to the city. Once the courts reop爱上海 爱上海同城手机版en, the city will sue for reimbursements from the landlords.

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