Joe Lhota’s Mom Endorses de Blasio

Telemundo's Jorge Ramos asks: "What reasons would you give to [illegal immigrants] to vote for you?" Guess what? They both happily answered the question!

Mayoral candidates, Mutt & Jeff.  Telemundo’s Jorge Ramos asked both: “What reasons would you give to [illegal immigrants] to vote for you?” and guess what? They both happily answered the question!

Well, I wouldn’t be surprised, if she had watched tonight’s pathetic “debate” between these two very liberal candidates. There’s barely a difference between the two!

5’4″ Lhota stood shoulder to shoulder with 6’8″ de Blasio as they competed to tell us how much each would do for the City’s growing population of illegal immigrants:

“Driver’s licenses!”, shouted the giant de Blasio.

“Library cards!”, countered the diminutive Lhota.

“I’ll make sure they have free health care!”, promised de Blasio.

“Access to all educational resources, including City universities!”, answered the midget.

(I’m serious, those are actual quotes)

The only time they both declined to take the bait from Telemundo reporter Jorge Ramos, was when he asked them whether they favored letting illegals vote “in local elections”. Amazingly, both these knuckle-heads drew the line on that one. But don’t worry, they’ll vote anyway.

What a travesty.

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Realtors Gone Wild

Manhattan brokers, Dianne Dunne and Barbara Stone, each raked in $1.9M for helping unload a hot painting. Meanwhile, broker Gideon Fountain handles summer rentals; where's the justice?

Manhattan brokers, Dianne Dunne and Barbara Stone, each raked in $1.9M for helping unload a hot painting. Meanwhile, broker Gideon Fountain handles summer rentals; where’s the justice?

Holy &%@#! A couple of Manhattan real estate agents  from The Corcoran Group got paid $1.9M each for assisting in the sale of one of Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” series for $43M. The painting was formerly owned by ousted Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos* and his wife, Imelda.

*Ol’ Ferdinand, you’ll recall, was accused of complicity in the assassination of a political opponent and looting the public treasury of billions of dollars. How was this behavior different from, say, Vladimir Putin, Fidel Castro, Yassar Arafat, and the many, many other corrupt foreign leaders? Marcos was pro-Western! That, above all, was his unpardonable sin.

Robert Redford Grimacing

Redford, in the movie All Is Lost...not bad for an old dude of 77.

Redford, in the movie All Is Lost…not bad for an old dude of 77.

There, I’ve done it, I’ve given you a nice, three-word summation of the new Redford movie All Is Lost. I watched it last night at Stamford’s Avon Theatre, one of my favorite movie venues, because it’s a great old place, plus, there’s a dozen restaurants within 300 feet of it.

If you sail at all, you’re likely drawn to almost any “survival at sea” story, and this one doesn’t disappoint in that regard. But still, it lacks a certain…. something (the reviewer I linked to above states it in a more descriptive manner). After awhile, the sight of Redford grimacing became painful to watch. I was never bored by this film, but I don’t think I would insist on anyone seeing it.

One final thought: My first Robert Redford movie, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, I saw as a wee lad, in 1969. FORTY FOUR YEARS LATER, Redford’s still making movies. That’s pretty amazing.

Darien Calls To Me

8 Cross Road, Darien, CT $3.995M, now has executed contracts.

8 Cross Road, Darien, CT $3.995M, now has executed contracts.

No, no, I’m not moving, but every once in a while, a Darien, New Canaan, or Westport property reminds me there are other places to live besides Greenwich, particularly if you don’t have to work in NYC.

8 Cross Road, in Darien’s “Tokeneke” section is just such a property; a classic 1920’s colonial, close to LI Sound, loads of lawns, and separate guest quarters over the 4-car garage.   Do the yellow Formica kitchen counters and 1950’s bathrooms cry out for updating? Sure, although I happen to like everything just  the way it is. It came on September, 2012 at $4.6M, reduced down to $3.995M, now has executed contracts.

Besides its 3.3 acres, you also could have picked up an extra 1.278 acres for $995,000, but it appears that the buyer declined. Too bad.

List: Nancy Dauk

Sell: Not sure (if you know, tell me)

545 North Street Sells For $6,328,000.

545 North Street, came on July 22. asking $6.495M. Well-priced, hence a reasonable time on the market. See how easy this can be?

545 North Street, came on July 22. asking $6.495M. Well-priced, hence a reasonable time on the market. See how easy this can be?

545 North Street, just past Lower Cross Road   [correction!] Directly across from the Taconic Road intersection,  has sold after only a couple of months on the market, not bad these days!

Last time it sold, back in December, 1999, it fetched $4,399,998 (by a buyer clearly determined not to pay $4.4M!). It’s a decent house with really good, usable property, built, if I recall, by Bill Gardener. Anyway, this sale is a healthy sign for a still-recovering Greenwich “high end”.

List: Brad Hvolbeck (shhhh, the “v” is silent!)

Sell: Carolyn Sarsen

Weekend Report

33 Highland Farm Road, asked $6.5M, got $6.1M. Sold for $6.9M back in 2005. List: John Horton Sell: Doris Sisley

33 Highland Farm Road (just off upper Round Hill Road), asked $6.5M, got $6.1M. Sold for $6.9M back in 2005.
List: John Horton
Sell: Doris Sisley

For the week just passed…

16 closings, including this land listing, and these two multi-families.

10 executed contracts, including this multi-family.

And, get this, 27 accepted offers (will link when deals get signed)! That, my friends, is a busy market. In late October. Amazing.