The Big Apple: City’s estate auction is a dud

Undercounted immigrants may explain smaller population than believed

New York City’s population reached a record high for a 10-year census of 8,175,133, according to the 2010 count released on Thursday, but it fell far short of the official forecast.

Mayor Bloomberg immediately challenged the Census Bureau’s finding, saying it shortchanged the city by as many as 225,000 people.

He said it was “inconceivable” that Queens grew by only 1,343 people since 2000 and suggested that the profusion of apartments listed as vacant in places such as Flushing and in a swath of southwest Brooklyn meant the census missed many hard-to-count immigrants.

There’s something about Inez Dickens and her taxes

City Councilwoman Inez Dickens co-owns four Harlem apartment buildings that have for months owed the city more than $100,000 in property taxes.

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Auction: City lists Sutton Place and 8 more units

60 Sutton Place South

The city is holding an estate auction March 24 of nine apartments with minimum bids ranging from $82,000 to $680,000.  It is the first such auction of Manhattan properties in months.

The sale was announced on Sunday, and, in a departure from its usual practice, the office of Public Administrator Ethel J. Griffin advertised each unit separately in the New York Times classifieds in addition to its briefer display ad than in the past.

The real estate section was the only place where details about each apartment could be found (until this post, after a tedious treasure hunt through the listings). Strangely, the ads were not visible in an online search.

But the phone number where you supposedly can obtain more information is 212-788-8455.  Don’t waste your time looking for the Web site.

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