Two mansions linked to Guggenheim’s Mark Walter are raising red flags and eyebrows

Chief executive Mark Walter is linked to the purchase of two multi-million dollar homes in California

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Geddy Lee to appear on AXS TV’s The Big Interview with Dan Rather October 24th

The AXS TV interview series The Big Interview with Dan Rather kicks off next month and AXS TV has announced the lineup for the upcoming fifth season, which includes an appearance by Rush’s Geddy Lee on October 24th:

The X Factor UK” judge Sharon Osbourne will sit down with award-winning newsman Dan Rather to discuss her prolific career in the fifth season fall premiere of AXS TV’s dynamic original series “The Big Interview” on Oct. 10. Osbourne is the first guest in an exciting lineup of nine all-new episodes which feature Rather conducting candid, up-close-and-personal interviews with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. … The new season also includes iconic Grammy-winning California native rockers The Doobie Brothers, as Rather chats with band members Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, and John McFee on Oct. 17. Canadian rock icon and renowned Rush front man Geddy Lee is up next on Oct. 24, followed by introspective folk songstress Jewel on Oct. 31, and actor Kiefer Sutherland, who is taking a leap into country music on Nov. 7. Blues-rock legend Steve Miller follows on Nov. 14, game-changing English rocker and guitar legend Peter Frampton joins Rather on Nov. 21 and famed E Street Band axe-man/actor Steven Van Zandt appears on Dec. 5. …

Aby Rosen pays $135M for former Jehovah’s Witnesses hotel

Aby Rosen’s RFR Realty paid $135 million to buy the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ former residential hotel at 90 Sands Street, property records filed Tuesday show. The 400,000-square-foot building is part of a six-building portfolio that the Witnesses went into contract to sell to RFR, Kushner Companies, LIVWRK and Invesco for $375 million in 2013. The partners closed on the five other buildings 117 Adams Street, 175 Pearl Street, 77 Sands Street, 88 Prospect Street and []

From the archives: Fighting a hostile takeover

Some owners fight to the bitter end, but ultimately don’t have enough money to hold on during a hostile takeover. That’s what happened to Tessler Developments and the Chetrit Group at 855 Sixth Avenue, a development site just a few blocks south of Herald Square, when Durst Fetner Residential stepped in. In March 2007, Yitzhak Tessler of Tessler Developments partnered with Meyer and Joe Chetrit of the Chetrit Group to shell out $140 million to []

Ai Weiweiwants to build security fence in Washington Square Park

ArtistAi Weiwei is known forstanding up to the Chinese governmentand making political statements. But now, the celebrated artist is taking his message to New York, where he hopes to erect some 300 artworks challenging ideas about immigration. Weiwei lauched aKickstarter campaignin conjunction with the Public Art Fund to bring the project, entitled Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, to life. Specifically, the artist wants to add security fences and bordersaddressing human rights issues in all five []

Nearly 100K housing units have been approved in NYC since 2014. Here’s how many are affordable

In the last three years, affordable housing accounted for 21 percent of new residential units approved in the city, according to a new report by the New York Building Congress. From January 2014 through the first quarter of this year, the city approved permits for 99,124 residential units. Most of the affordable housing units – 39 percent – were located in the Bronx, according to the report. Brooklyn followed with 29 percent and then Manhattan []