Lawmakers grill state over low-cost leases of public land, Honolulu mayor approves removal of Stairway to Heaven, Ige holds firm on no fans in stands, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Government owned land in Hawaii, Statewide GIS Program. 2017Lawmakers grill state Land Board over below-market rents for state properties. The director of the state Land Board was asked tough questions Tuesday about whether the department is wasting money by charging below-market rents. Hawaii News Now.Department of Land and Natural Resources officials say audit veered from original scope. Officials with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources were prepared to talk about contr...
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The fundamental problem with monopoly health regulation

Why are monopolies bad? For one, they displace all competition and alternatives. Second, they are expensive. These defects are most pronounced in the field of health regulation. I’ll be explaining this in more detail in a book I’ve been working on for the past few years in my spare time. But some notes I had […]
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Alex Vervoordt

  A wonderful video as why we collect and what it means to us... by Alex Vervoordt. My friend Barbara sent this video to me saying she thought of of me when she watched it. ah lovely, to be thought of by this video. I love everything he says xxx little did she know how much I admire his style. If I could be as wise and as gifted as he is with design. A hero of style.                   [Author: French la Vie]
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Lawsuit blasts NYC’s “capricious” Covid-19 homeless response

Lawsuit blasts NYC’s “capricious” Covid-19 homeless response Legal Aid filed a lawsuit against the city for not moving more homeless into hotel rooms New York / Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Lucerne Hotel at  201 West 79th Street (Getty; iStock; Google Maps) A legal services provider representing homeless New Yorkers has sued the city for its handling of the Covid-19 outbreak, alleging it needlessly endangers those in city shelters. The Legal Aid Society claims in a suit that prolonged use of...
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Two Bridges developers beat two more lawsuits blocking projects

Two Bridges developers beat two more lawsuits blocking projects Appellate Division reverses lower court’s decisions on Manhattan towers New York / JDS Development’s Michael Stern, L M’s Ron Moelis and Starrett s Josh Siegel with a rendering of Two Bridges (Twitter, SHoP Architects) After a series of setbacks, developers planning four towers in Two Bridges have survived two more legal challenges. A state appeals court on Tuesday unanimously overturned two decisions, clearing the way for th...
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Property inspection startup, riding social distancing wave, raises seed funding

Property inspection startup, riding social distancing wave, raises seed funding RentCheck wants tenants to do their own inspections, bring transparency to $45 billion security deposit disputes National / RentCheck co-founders Marco Nelson and Lydia Winkler (Photo via RentCheck) Apartment landlords and renters haggle over an estimated $45 billion in security deposits annually and one proptech startup is betting the disputes could be settled more fairly and cheaply. RentCheck, which launched i...
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Social Construct falls as pandemic turns world anti-social

Construction-tech startup Social Construct calls it quits Startups are fragile beasts, according to Ben Huh, CEO of Social Construct, which just became the latest real estate casualty of the pandemic. The proptech startup, which launched in 2017 with the aim of streamlining building planning and assembly with software and automation, will officially wind down operations in the fourth quarter. The pandemic undercut the startup s early successes and threw a ratchet in its plan for a Series B rais...
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Flushing … another project down the toilet?

Flushing … another project down the toilet? What opposition to another megaproject says about today’s City Council New York News Analysis / Peter Koo and the Flushing waterfront (Facebook, Flushing Waterfront, rendering by Jeff Strikeman Architectural Art) Wacky stuff is happening at the City Council. Not long ago, a proposed Special Flushing Waterfront District was supposed to win approval without too much trouble because the local Council member, Peter Koo, supports the big development tha...
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Developers pitch New York City casino

Developers pitch New York City casino Long-dismissed plan could gain traction because of state’s financial shortfalls New York / (Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal) New York needs money, and some real estate developers say they have just the solution: another casino. According to the New York Times, Vornado Realty Trust has proposed a gambling venue at its property near Herald Square; Morris Bailey has discussed having one at his own Herald Square property; and L L Holding Compa...
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Ben Shaoul uses Bitcoin to sell retail condo for $15M

Ben Shaoul uses Bitcoin to sell retail condo for $15M Magnum Real Estate closed on East 89th Street space with a Taiwanese buyer New York / Magnum Real Estate Group s Ben Shaoul (Credit: Getty Images and iStock) Ben Shaoul has sold an Upper East Side retail condo for $15.3 million in Bitcoin. The landlord, whose firm Magnum Real Estate Group is converting 389 East 89th Street from rentals to condos, sold the 11,400-square-foot space earlier this month, The Real Deal has learned. The buyer...
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Construction tech startup Agora raises $33M in Series B

Construction tech startup Agora raises $33M in Series B Real estate players Tishman Speyer, LeFrak participate in funding round National / Agora CEO Maria Rioumine (Agora, iStock) After a year of big revenue and staff growth, construction tech startup Agora is getting a big influx of cash in a Series B funding round. The $33 million round was led by Tiger Global and included 8VC, DST, Tishman Speyer, LeFrak, Jerry Yang, Kevin Hartz and Michael Ovitz, TechCrunch reported. The startup helps cl...
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Realogy launches new AI assistant and social media ad “engine” tool

Realogy launches new AI assistant and social media ad “engine” tool CEO Ryan Schneider says Realogy will “shape the future of the real estate industry” National / Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider with an Amazon Alexa (Credit: Pexels) “Hey, Agent X, schedule an open house.” Realogy has debuted a new set of technology tools for agents, including a voice-activated artificial intelligence assistant called “Agent X” that will run through Amazon’s Alexa platform, and a “Social Ad Engine” designed in col...
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NY tax officials crack down on remote workers

NY tax officials crack down on remote workers Nonresidents who worked remotely must still pay taxes, officials say New York / Working from an out-of-state home does not mean you can skip paying New York taxes. (iStock) Tax officials in New York state are taking a closer look at the refund claims of folks who traded a desk in New York for their out-of-state home office. The “convenience rule” is what’s in question, according to the Wall Street Journal. New York state taxes the money that nonr...
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NYC loses $2.5B in property taxes, gets $1B from FEMA

NYC loses $2.5B in property taxes, gets $1B from FEMA State also gets $1B as Biden grants waiver for Covid reimbursement New York / Sen. Charles Schumers aid President-elect Joe Biden agreed to assist NYC. (Getty) Property tax revenue did not plunge with the city’s economy last year because assessments preceded the pandemic. This year, New York won’t be so lucky. The travails of hotels, office buildings and other real estate will cause property tax revenue to fall by $2.5 billion next year, ...
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What to make of Stephen Ross betting $1M on mayor’s race

What to make of Stephen Ross betting $1M on mayor’s race Related chairman’s donation triples size of new campaign fund New York News Analysis / Stephen Ross of Related (Getty, Wikipedia Commons) After 12 years of loving Michael Bloomberg and seven despising Bill de Blasio, some titans of real estate are ready to splurge on a pro-business mayoral candidate. But which one? And can real estate’s money make a difference anyway? Don’t count on it. First, the news: Related Companies Chairman St...
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StreetEasy launches new app, software to ease manual listing entry

StreetEasy launches new app, software to ease manual listing entry “Think of it as Apple announcing the next version of iOS,” a spokesperson said New York / Zillow Group’s New York General Manager Matt Daimler (Credit: Twitter and iStock) UPDATED Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:11 p.m.: StreetEasy is doubling down on manual entry. Today, the Zillow Group-owned listings platform is rolling out a dedicated app and upgraded back-end tools for agents to enter and manage their listings. Now agents c...
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Cuomo postpones tax lien sale yet again

This marks the fourth time the city’s lien sale has been delayed this year. It was originally scheduled for May, but Mayor Bill de Blasio postponed it until August and then again to September. Cuomo then barred all municipalities from selling liens until Oct. 4. At the time, the governor’s order superseded a nearly simultaneous announcement by the mayor that the sale would be postponed until Sept. 25. Representatives for de Blasio did not return requests seeking comment on the latest suspension....
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Poof! Zillow’s market cap drops $2B amid stock sell-off

Poof! Zillow’s market cap drops $2B amid stock sell-off Share price dropped 20% after dismal earnings Nov. 6 National / Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff (Credit: Getty Images and iStock) UPDATED, Nov. 7, 6:40 p.m.: On the heels of dismal earnings on Tuesday, Zillow Group is getting pummeled on Wall Street. Overnight, the Seattle-based listing giant lost nearly a quarter of its market cap — now $6.3 billion, down from $8.2 billion — as its stock plummeted 20 percent. Shares of Zillow opened today a...
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Charlie Kushner gets presidential pardon

Charlie Kushner gets presidential pardon Landlord and head of Kushner Cos. served prison time on charges including retaliating against a witness New York / Charles Kushner (Getty) Charles Kushner, the Kushner Companies boss who spent over a year in prison on charges including falsifying tax returns, making illegal campaign donations and retaliating against a witness, received a pardon from President Donald Trump Wednesday, the White House announced. The pardon has significant implications fo...
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CoStar profits rebound with $74M in net income

CoStar profits rebound with $74M in net income “We appear to be moving past the pandemic disruption” National / During an earnings call Tuesday, CEO Andy Florance said CoStar started the year strong, with revenues and profits that both beat the company’s expectations. “We appear to be moving past the pandemic disruption,” he said. CoStar generated $458 million in first-quarter revenue, up 18 percent year-over-year. Across all of its businesses, the company said it generated $52 million in net...
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These are the companies dumping the Trump Organization

These are the companies dumping the Trump Organization Banks, brokerages and the Girl Scouts have quit president’s business New York / Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. with President Donald Trump (Getty) The fallout for President Donald Trump and his family business after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has not abated. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives impeached Trump for a second time, setting the stage for a possible Senate trial in the coming weeks. And a number of businesses and...
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Guilty conscience? Mark Zuckerberg plans $500M affordable housing fund in Bay Area

Guilty conscience? Mark Zuckerberg plans $500M affordable housing fund in Bay Area Fund, which will offer flexible loans, has already raised $260M National / San Francisco and the Facebook like button holding cash (Credit: Wikipedia and Pixabay) A week after Microsoft announced a $500 million investment for affordable housing in Seattle, Bay Area tech companies are preparing a $500 million investment fund of their own, with embattled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg playing a leading role. The C...
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Mannaggia a Trois "A Casa" Meals

Mannaggia a Trois is a trio of three chefs, 2 Vietnamese Chinese and 1 Italian that cook Italian Asian inspired food. The food comes ready to finish off at home with dishes like saffron tagliolini with spanner crab or culurgiones aka stuffed Sardinian pasta pockets along with garlic bread, cocktails and a dessert too. And get in quick because September 26th is their last collab!
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Oil prices jump over $2/bbl after drawdown in U.S. stocks | Reuters

Oil prices jump over $2/bbl after drawdown in U.S. stocks | Reuters Oil prices rose over $2 a barrel on Wednesday after government data showed a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude inventories, and on expectations demand will rise as vaccination roll-outs widen.U.S. crude oil stockpiles fell last week to the lowest since September 2019, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said, extending their drawdown after Hurricane Ida late August shut numerous refineries and offshore drillin...
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10 picturesque hotels in Napa and Sonoma with tasting rooms, vineyard views, and indulgent outdoor tubs

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Tripadvisor California's Napa and Sonoma Valleys offer some of the world's most famous wine country. The region is also home to a full range of hotels from new and luxurious to charming and historic. We analyzed all Napa Valley area hotels and chose these as the best, ranging from $119 to $1,695. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky While California offers pastoral wine-producing regions up and ...
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With Hyatt Deal, Apple Leisure Group Aims To Globalize Luxury All-Inclusive Resort Model

HOLLYWOOD, Florida — Luxury, all-inclusive resorts are not just a Caribbean fad despite much of the buzz from hotel brands being concentrated on that region.
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The Importance of Clean Guest Data | By Elena Ivanova

Data is like gold for hotel marketers — but only if it’s good data. Learn all about how bad data can make your marketing fall flat, and discover our step-by-step process for cleaning up your database.
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Chilli Potatoes – Hakka-style

If you know me at all, then you’d know that Indian Hakka – or more explicitly, Indian-style Chinese, is one of my favourite cuisines to indulge in! I absolutely love the robust, aromatic flavours and can never get enough of them! Over the years, I’ve shared quite a few of my staple Indo-Chinese recipes on... The post Chilli Potatoes – Hakka-style appeared first on Hooked on Heat.
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Would customers pay to do business with you? | By Shep Hyken

Think about this … what if you were to charge a customer just to talk to you about what you would sell them? Or, if you own a retail store, a fee to enter the store. What would you have to do for your customers to be willing to pay for the privilege of buying your products or services?
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Honor Hispanic Heritage Month with Six Hilton Dishes that Celebrate Hispanic Culture & Tradition

Hispanic Heritage Month runs September 15 - October 15. Chosen for its significance as the date of several Independence Days across Latin American countries, this month-long period is observed in the U.S. as an opportunity to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic citizens from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
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