8 co-ops, 13 houses in Queens head to city auction

251-38 43rd Ave., Little Neck

The auction of 21 Queens co-ops and single-family homes is scheduled for Dec. 15.

Public Administrator Lois M. Rosenblatt has set upset prices ranging from $41,000 for a co-op in Jamaica to $453,000 for the single-family house in Little Neck shown at the top.  All the properties belong to the estates of owners who left no will.

Sorry for the slightly weird formatting (because of my limited knowledge of HTML), but below are the available residences headed for the auction block: Continue reading

City to auction 21 Brooklyn properties, 1 downtown

Rendering of hotel at 231 Duffield St. (V3 Hotels)

Twenty-one single-family homes and co-ops are to be auctioned by the King’s County Public Administrator on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m.

The properties, which were owned by individuals who died without wills, have opening bids ranging from a low of $90,000 to as much as $4 million.

The $4 million property is in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, close to Continue reading

Nephew provides me with info on hit-and-run victim

After reading my blog, a man who convincingly identified himself as the victim’s nephew called me with thanks for my post on the hit-and-run accident that claimed his aunt’s life on the Upper West Side yesterday. He said he preferred not have his name published.

She was Margaret Fisher, Continue reading

Hit-and-run driver kills woman in my UWS block

Killer car with apparent blood stain.

UPDATE: Please click on New York Daily News link below.

A woman described as in her 60s died when she was hit crossing 93rd Street west of Columbus Avenue shortly after 4 p.m. today. Continue reading

Weekly Roundup: The Big Apple, markets stats, more

Happy holiday weekend!  Please enjoy this post with the past week’s most important news about the Big Apple and beyond.  Look for “Out and About,” “The Big Apple” and “Weekly Roundup” again next Friday.





When is a living room not a living room?

Is this a kitchen, dining room or living room? The conscientious broker who listed the place on Manhattan's Upper West Side characterized it as a "great room." Photo below shows the opposite end.

If a room is not a dining space, kitchenette, bathroom, foyer or hallway, then it can be termed a living room, according to the New York City Administrative Code.  However, a bedroom can be marketed as a living room if it also does not function as any of the other rooms listed.

The minimum size of a living room is Continue reading

Caution! A loopy party at closing could be trouble later

Flickr photo by TCDC Media

A friend of mine mentioned a couple of weeks ago that a shareholder has an accepted offer for a larger unit in his building.

The obese elderly seller was then in the hospital, in all likelihood terminally ill.  Until her most recent hospitalization, she required home care and, when alone, made inappropriate requests of my friend, who lives down the hall.

His account reminded me of a situation years ago, when I had a listing in Washington, D.C.  The seller also was a women, and she was about as close to bonkers as anyone else who ought to be institutionalized or at least heavily medicated.

Had I tuned into her psyche sooner, Continue reading