Daily Archives: August 5, 2011

I am so honored to have Peg Kaplan as a reader

Another national bridge title. I lose at Monopoly and Scrabble and know nothing about bridge, but the players of the latter are some damn smart people, so good for you, Peg! I’m awed.

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Tesei offers to pay $100 for every vote

He’s only got $31,oo so far but expects more. “Free whiskey and a hundred bucks- that’s my promise and I’m sticking to it”, he vowed to FWIW’s Scusie. “And if we need white  women in suitcases, okay, we can do that too”.

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This ought to make Westchester Airport busier

Port Authority to hike bridge tolls another $4, each way. 

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This can’t be a healthy sign

45,800,000 Americans on Food Stamps. I guess that’s change, but the hopey thing isn’t working out so well. I blame Bush.

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Here’s a mess

Public land records off limits? Our legislature passed a law awhile ago that prohibited public disclosure of the addresses of various “protected classes”: policemen, social workers, etc. The Connecticut  Supreme Court has now upheld that law, leaving town clerks with the impossible job of figuring out who’s in those classes. So what’s going to happen to public access to land records? Beats me and it seems to have town clerks baffled too.

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I believe this about as much as I’d believe Washington politicians

Berlusconi promises balanced budget for Italy by 2013. Wall Street traders, bless their hearts, are off on a rally. How can such stupid, naive people make so much money? I suppose my previous post explains it, but geeze.

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Someone’s making a killing on Wall Street today

My trader friends (I do have a few) have always told me that they can make money just as long as there’s volatility in the market. If so, then today’s their day – the market’s been down triple digits, up triple digits and I have no idea where it is now – my Quotron’s down (joke). Given the right mixture of cocaine and tranquilizers, Wall Street’s probably a fun place to be.

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Persistence and timing

190 Clapboard Ridge sells for $2.850 million. When I showed it a year ago or so it was priced at $3.895 and the seller wasn’t budging, so my buyers moved on. Well, the seller budged, and someone else got the property. Greenwich real estate is a waiting game, these days.

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Jim Himes to challenge Obama

“I’m sick of him”, he tells FWIW’s Scusie.  “He’s a Wall Street coddling, Afghan war prosecuting, drone assassination ordering, Libyan war criminal, and debt ceiling deal-signing asshole who makes Joe Lieberman look like a hero. I’m gonna kick his butt right back to Chicago.”

(Okay, maybe Jimbo didn’t really say that, but he must be thinking along those lines, no?)

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Nothing that need concern me, alas

BNY Mellon charging fees for “extraordinarily large” cash deposits. Still, we’re living in an odd world where banks don’t want your cash.

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Are you following this kid?

I’m no golfer, but I’m enjoying reading of the success of 2010 GHS grad David Pastore. Just won the town tournament and is now doing very well at the PGA Amateur (or some such title). Pretty impressive for what I assume is a 19-year-old kid (well kid to me – I imagine he rightfully considers himself a young man). I admire rare skill in all endeavors, so I’m rooting for him.

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Tesei’s last run?

That’s the rumor, win or lose. The mystery to me is who’d want this job? John Blankely, the Democrat candidate, is older and his children are grown so I guess I understand how it might be more amusing than playing golf but Peter is 42, with small kids. Spending his nights and days away from his family and listening to constituents’ complaints just doesn’t sound like a fun job to me. You couldn’t pay me enough to take the job but then, you wouldn’t.

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Off to show the oddest piece of real estate in Greenwich

Fudrucker’s got a listing at 56 Locust Road (Near Tamarack) that’s an abandoned railroad right of way, so it’s 100 feet wide and, I don’t know, 1000′ long? I’d think the golf club would buy it but I guess they aren’t interested. But someone is (there’s a wreck of a house on it) so I’m covering for Frankie. You should see the picture- very strange. And what happened to the railroad?

UPDATE: Lots of information on the railroad in the comments section. As for speculation as to whether you can build on this parcel, of course you can. For one, there’s an existing  house there, so you have grandfathered protection; for another, this is a classic case for a legal variance that I could win blindfolded. I am NOT making that representation as an agent for the listing broker – our errors and omissions carrier would have a fit –  but I certainly haven’t forgotten my land use law experience of thirty years ago and this fits as solidly into a variance exception as any property I’ve seen.

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Sale prices released

These were older contracts but just sold so their prices were revealed. Riverside was strong this spring and seems to still be.

5 Cathlow Drive

5 Cathlow Drive, a 1955 house off Indian Head, listed at $4.250, sold for $4.0. Assessment, $2.5 million.

87 Winthrop, 2004 construction, asked $3.350 sold after ten days on the market for $3.160. Assessment, $1.903.
Sounds like the assessor screwed up in Riverside, thank goodness.

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Well yeah, but that was two days ago

Greenwich’s Barton Biggs isn’t so keen on buying stocks today. Had you listened to him on Wednesday, you’d have been sorry.

“After getting banged in the face yesterday, I’m not too inclined to step in there again yet,” Biggs, managing partner and co-founder of Traxis, said in an interview today with Bloomberg Television.

 

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$1.3 million and climbing

Soil removal at GHS just keeps getting more fun

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