Daily Archives: November 10, 2014

The next Tesla

siloWhat’s a guy do with his money after he’s already bought his Greenwich mansion, third trophy wife and matching Teslas? A bomb shelter! These lost popularity in the mid-sixties, but now they’re back, priced at $3-$12 million.

As former nuclear missile sites built under the supervision of the Army Corps of Engineers, the structures were originally designed to withstand a direct hit by a nuclear bomb. At ground level, they can be sealed up by two armored doors weighing 16,000 pounds each. Mr. Hall added sophisticated water and air-treatment facilities, state-of-the-art computer network technology and several alternate power generation capabilities.

The projects tap into an undercurrent of angst among some affluent folks that has persisted since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. The global financial crisis and now the possible dangers posed by the Ebola virus and the rise of Islamic State have fueled their safety concerns.

The condos, his company claims, can make it possible to lead an uninterrupted life of luxury underground. In addition to the standard perks—which also include a spa, dog park, fitness center and medical facilities—the complex has enough emergency food on hand to last for up to five years. There’s also a holding cell for unruly occupants.

Individual units have 9-foot ceilings. lighting mimics sunlight as much as possible. In place of windows, there are video screens that can exhibit a resident’s choice of scenery, from landscapes to urban skylines.

Or build you own

One finance type, who declined to be named, transformed a 350-odd-square-foot closet in his family’s Manhattan cooperative into a retreat in case of a home invasion or other emergency.

An armored door to the room can allegedly withstand rifle fire, and the suite is equipped with its own power source and air-scrubbing equipment that could sustain occupants for up to 72 hours. It is stocked with food, purified water, a portable gas range, first aid supplies and games. The cost: close to $100,000, according to Insite Security, the New York firm that supervised the project.

The silo projects, meanwhile, take the safe-room concept to another level. Mr. Hall says the facilities will provide armored transportation if owners get to the local airport or anywhere within 400 miles of the silo. An armed guard protects the entrance to the completed complex around the clock.

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I knew it: Democrats are multiplying because they’re contagious

Quarantine now

Quarantine now

Scientists discover virus that makes humans (more) stupid.

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Obama to try to regulate the Internet

Al Gore invented it, Obama wants to control it. Don’t be lulled by the soothing term, “net neutrality” – this is about suppression of competition – big corporations love that – and government control of users.

More here.

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Robert Byrd must be spinning on his cross

Master Democrat an Grand Klegal, Robert Byrd

Master Democrat and Grand Kleagle Robert Byrd

KKK opens membership rolls to Jews, homos, blacks and greasers.  But not Republicans – it retains some standards.

[T] he Ku Klux Klan is now looking to diversify and increase its membership to include Jews, black people, homosexuals and those of Hispanic origin with a re-branding as ‘the new Klan’.

All those wanting to join the extreme right-wing group will still have to wear the white robes, masks and conical hats and take part in rituals, according to founder John Abarr.

 

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Contingent contract reported

11 Meadowcroft Lane

11 Meadowcroft Lane

11 Meadowcroft Lane, currently asking $6.950 million. It was originally listed with Ogilvy for $14.5 million in 2011, but that included an extra building lot. The owners split that lot off, kept 3 acres and the house, and reduced the price of the house to $8.8 million. When that listing expired, it was given to Bill Andruss, who first priced it at $7.8, and then dropped it to $6.950, which has apparently done the trick.

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While I was out…

132 Cedar Cliff Road, Riverside

132 Cedar Cliff Road, Riverside

132 Cedar Cliff Road sold, $3.525 million – it started off at $5.250 in October, 2011, which obviously proved ill-advised. Sellers paid $2.950 for it in 2000 and spent a very large sum renovating it. Nice street, though.

4 River Avenue

4 River Avenue

Over in Byram near I-95, what looks like a bank sale of 4 River Avenue sold for $1.750 million. The owner took out a mortgage of $2.1 million on the place in 2004 and built a very nice new home, but I suspect it was the $8,052,912 judgment lien on the house in favor of Sun Trust that made this a difficult sale. Owner was one Timothy Crowley, who once (still?) ran the Crowley Group, a real estate development firm. A venture of his in Florida, with Sun Trust as  participant, started out with great promise in 2006 but apparently didn’t pan out.

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No laundry, no tickee

Friend of a friend Michelle Peluso posted this photo of the now-defunct Cos Cob Laundry. Give Cos Cob’s new focus on banking, this will probably be replaced by a money laundering operation.

cos cob cleaners

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Back from Maine

Time with the Fountain clan north – John had an MRI Friday and the results, learned today, show that his tumors are shrinking. That is of course not a clean bill of health, but it’s some positive sign that the awfulness of chemotherapy may be worth it. The alternative was that the chemo was doing nothing to suppress their growth, which would have presented us (John) with the choice of continuing what would seem futile or just going off the stuff. Given those alternative results, we’re pleased with what we got.

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