Daily Archives: December 20, 2008

This could be his most imaginative effort ever

Writer John Ridley has cut the listing price of his apartment in New York’s financier-filled 15 Central Park West condominium to $10 million — still 50% more than he bought it for in July.

Mr. Ridley’s résumé includes novels, comic books, work in Hollywood (the blaxploitation spoof “Undercover Brother”) and comment for NPR. His three-bedroom, 2,200-square-foot apartment has Central Park views and a 1,700-square-foot terrace.

Building amenities include a fitness center, pool, a private dining facility, a private screening room and concierge service. Among the neighbors are Sanford Weill and Daniel S. Loeb.

After buying his condo for $6.65 million in July, Mr. Ridley almost immediately put it on the market for $13 million, according to listing service StreetEasy.com. Mitchell Speer and Neil Ashworth, both of Corcoran Group, have the listing.

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The problem is even bigger than this, maybe

Ant-Semitism floods Internet in wake of Madoff scandal. In following the Madoff story I have seen this garbage often and it’s awful. But just as disturbing is the flood of raw hatred for anyone who dared to accumulate some life savings. One carpet salesman and his wife, in their 70’s, was profiled in the Daily News after Bernie made off with their life savings. From the comments, you’d have thought they had stolen from cripples and orphans, rather than spend a lifetime saving and making do to provide for their retirement.

I don’t know how large these whacko segments really are, and the anti-semites and collectivists seem to merge from time to time, but the mob is restless. I fear we’re in for more trouble, not less as the economy unfolds.

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More Power to us

The new high capacity powerline bringing electricity to our region was finally energized Thursday. Four years of fighting environmentalists, three years to build and we still need more, but it’s a start. Next time someone touts shutting down Indian Point Nuclear immediately and substituting windmills and solar energy, remember this fight and ask the advocates, “how will you you get the energy from there to here?” Or perhaps, as many of the most loony believe, we should all just shiver in the dark.

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More trouble for Greenwich Time?

Hearst announced more job cuts for its Connecticut newspapers. Hearst owns Greenwich Time, The Greenwich Citizen and The Stamford Advocate, among other papers, so this doesn’t sound encouraging. This may indeed be a sign of the times (so to speak) as a professor quoted in the article says, but I think it’s a shame. We need more news coverage, not less, and GT has already lost some fine reporters. Who will be left? What will be left?

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