Rush Order of Canada 20th anniversary

The Order of Canada is the highest civilian honor that can be presented by the Canadian Government. 20 years ago today on February 26, 1997, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart were given this prestigious honor at Rideau Hall in Ottawa (the official residence of the Governor General of Canada). It marked the first time that the award was given to a group rather than an individual. Here is a transcription of what was said about the band when they were presented with the award. You can watch the video of this presentation below or on YouTube here.

SL Green, Ivanhoe Cambridge land $375M loan for 1745 B’way

SL Green Realty and Ivanhoe Cambridge refinanced their interest in a Midtown office tower at 1745 Broadway with a $375 million loan from Bank of China, following a decision by Penguin Random House to stay at the building. The partners had previously thought about selling their stake in the property, which totals 685,000 square feet across floors two through 25. It was expected to fetch north of $700 million. But when Penguin opted to re-up … [more]

Going, going, gone: The snazziest pads to depart from the market this week

From Luxury Listings NYC: Thanks to our friends over at StreetEasy, we’re rather on top of this city’s real estate comings and goings – emphasis on goings. This week, a handful of pricey pads left the market, and here are the ones we’re saddest to see go – although, we rather suspect we’ll see some of them again soon, perhaps with a new price tag. [more] … [more]

Russian bank seeks guarantor’s NYC properties in $37M judgment

A Russian bank is suing to enforce a Moscow court’s $37 million judgment against Igor Mavlyanov, who a New York judge suggested may be a “young Donald Trump” for allegedly transferring New York and California properties to family members in an attempt to shield the assets from the bank’s reach. St. Petersburg-based VTB Bank, of which the Russian government is a majority shareholder, filed a motion in New York State Supreme Court on Friday seeking to … [more]

From the archives: Carl Weisbrod, an understated force

Carl Weisbrod, the recently appointed chair of the New York City Planning Commission, may not have the star power that his predecessor Amanda Burden did. Burden is an heir to the Standard Oil fortune, dates broadcast journalist Charlie Rose and lives blocks away from Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the Upper East Side. But Weisbrod is an old hand at city politics and a veteran on the New York City real estate scene. So when Mayor … [more]

Happy International Rush Day!

The number 2112 has become synonymous with Rush over the years due to their breakout 1976 album of the same name, which was just re-released last week in celebration of its 40th anniversary. And since today is the 21st day of the 12th month – written as 21/12 in most of the world – Rush fans over the years have dubbed it as an unofficial Rush holiday of sorts. Happy International Rush Day everyone! December 21st also happens to be the Winter Solstice, so there’s at least one other reason to celebrate too. Four years ago back in 2012 Rush Day was particularly significant and widely recognized because the year was also the 2112 pre-centennial. This year the festivities promise to be a bit more muted – especially given that Rush is in semi-retirement mode at the moment, but it’s still always an occasion worth celebrating. What better excuse do you need to listen to Rush all day long, watch Rush DVDs/Blu-rays, wear Rush paraphernalia, and otherwise celebrate Rush fandom? To make it especially significant, do something extra special at exactly 9:12PM this evening; 21:12 in military time. Happy #RushDay everybody!!!