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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

haunted housing

Nancy Stahl's pumpkinid_home.gifWhile we may not grow many pumpkins in New York City, we do seem to have the creative talent to transform Fairway's finest into inspired symbols of Halloween. Our good friend, artist Nancy Stahl zipped downtown from her Upper West Side home, to carve Jack-O-Lanterns with us this year. The familiar seasonal smile that greets costumed guests into our homes, gets a fresh and original cut as shown here.

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Thursday, September 7, 2006

less than zero

Developer Larry Silverstein unveiled the designs for the major buildings that are proposed for the World Trade Center site. David Child's Freedom tower, designed out of the The New York Office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is shown here in context with structures by Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, both of London, Fumihiko Maki of Tokyo and Santiago Calatrava of Spain. They are each nice buildings, but is it just me, or is something missing?

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Sunday, September 3, 2006

redfin spins the new york times

technologyI sell real estate now, but I was in the business of design and Web development for years. There is a old saying and a glib truth in selling and buying design services: “you can have it good, cheap and fast; but you can only get any two of those at a time.” I think that applies across many industries including real estate services. In his New York Times story "The Last Stand of the 6-Percenters?" writer Damon Darlin tells us everything Redfin wants us to know about their business; a new discount broker that reduces its fees by offering less services. He explains how they work and quotes Redfin's investors and selected customers. It would have been nice to see some balance and real analysis of the business models here, but the silence is deafening. The spin sounds like a persuasive argument, until you stop to think about it for a moment. As Jonathan Miller wrote in Matrix, "NAR needs Redfin's PR firm".

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Friday, September 1, 2006

welcome to comitini.com, version 2.0

You'll love this new development for the endless city views and designer layouts. It is full-service, gut-renovated, re-wired and centrally located. It's the place that has everyone talking. No board approval! Open house 24/7

two point oh!

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