“Million Dollar Listing LA”: Let’s get vertical

From TRD LA: In this week’s episode of “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles,” Tracy Tutor Maltas takes her career to new heights. Josh Flagg teams up with James Harris and David Parnes on a Los Feliz listing, and Josh Altman goes big in Bradbury. Here’s where we left off. Tracy takes New York Following the Brits’ rooftop party at Ten Thousand, Tracy has an epiphany about the future of Los Angeles real estate: There’s nowhere to […]


What are the Big Questions for 2018?

Everyone likes to give their predictions at the start of a new year. And, while those prognostications are often fun and sometimes even accurate, our CEO Stacey Childress has a different idea. How about if we start by asking the right questions, instead?

In a blog post out this morning, on Forbes.com, Stacey asks: “Which forces and trends will drive the next 20 years of K-12 education innovation?” She added, “We’re asking this question at NewSchools Venture Fund as we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year.”

Here’s what she thinks we should be asking:

  • Is education technology poised for a new wave of innovation?
  • An increased focus on social-emotional learning opened an innovation window over the last few years. Has it closed already?
  • Will our renewed focus on career and technical education stimulate smart investments in ways to better prepare all young people for the future of work?

Stacey has an uncanny knack for probing on a kernel of an idea that eventually grows into something we’re all talking about. She says sometimes, it’s just as important to call out what we don’t know, so we can begin to notice trends that will lead us to the right answers. Her blog is definitely worth a read. Please check it out! And, we’d love to hear your ideas about questions we should all be asking.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff

Rush’s new A Farewell to Kings 40th anniversary box set edition officially released earlier this month, and fans can purchase either a 3-CD set, a 4-LP set or the Super Deluxe set. Each set includes the Abbey Road Mastering Studios 2015 remastered edition of the album, a complete Rush concert recorded in February 1978 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon newly mixed by Terry Brown, and four newly-recorded cover versions of songs from the original album by Dream Theater, Big Wreck, The Trews and Alain Johannes. Rush has released streaming audio versions of all 4 covers, including Dream Theater’s cover of Xanada here, Big Wreck’s version of Closer to the Heart here, The Trews Cinderella Man here, and multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes’ cover of Madrigal here. The band has also made streaming audio versions of the previously unreleased 1978 live versions of Closer to the Heart, Lakeside Park, 2112, and Neil Peart’s drum solo included in the box set available on YouTube and other streaming channels. You can listen to Closer to the Heart here, Lakeside Park here, 2112 here, and the drum solo here. The set also contains a Cygnus X1 sound effects outtake titled Cygnus X2 Eh which you can listen to here. Additionally, there’s a 1.5-minute promotional, unboxing video highlighting the contents of the set which you can watch here, and this really cool 360-degree rendering of the album cover from FANTOONS. The Super Deluxe edition includes both the 3 CDs and 4 LPs along with an additional Blu-ray Audio disc containing a new 5.1 surround mix of the album by Steven Wilson, along with three original 1977 promo videos from a newly found 2-inch quad video master. John at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the liner notes (including Rob Bowman’s essay) and made them available online here, along with scans of all the artwork here. Dave Everley at TeamRock.com posted a lukewarm review of the box set earlier this week but conceded towards the end of his review that …

Manhattan office leasing activity hits two-year high

According to this week’s market reports, tax reform may push homebuyers out of high-tax states and Manhattan leasing activity reached the highest level since April 2015. Residential Sales | Redfin High-tax states like New York may be disproportionately harmed by the elimination of state and local tax (SALT) deductions. In a survey of 900 homebuyers, about one-third said that they would consider moving to another state if they can no longer deduct state and local […]

Macklowe and CIM disagree on value of 432 Park stake

Harry Macklowe says he won’t fight his partners, CIM Group, on their determination that his stake in 432 Park is worth just $48 million. Not yet, anyway. The titan was back on the stand Thursday in his ongoing divorce case, which will determine how he and his wife of 58 years, Linda Macklowe, will divide up their estimated $2 billion fortune. At issue was the value of his stake in his magnum opus, the supertall […]

East Harlem landlord admits to endangering tenants with gut renovation

An East Harlem landlord accused of trying to force tenants out of his rent-stabilized building by gut renovating the building pleaded guilty on Wednesday to reckless endangerment and endangerment of a child. Ephraim Vashovsky, 49, was arrested last year after allegedly renovating his rent-stabilized apartment building at 21 East 115 Street to drive a family of seven out of the building. Officials allege that Vashovsky intentionally created hazardous conditions to intimidate the family into leaving […]

Advertising firm renews at GFP’s 200 Varick

Advertising firm Omnicom Group renewed its 200,000-square-foot lease at GFP Real Estate’s 200 Varick Street for another 10 years. Omnicom has been in the 410,000-square-foot Hudson Square building for more than 25 years, the Commercial Observer reported. Asking rents are reportedly in the $60s per square foot. The landlord, formerly known as Newmark Holdings, was represented in-house, while Feld Real Estate represented the tenant. Omnicom shares the building with the cinema Film Forum, which occupies […]