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(Gothamist)   The New York Times valiantly describes the plight of the lonely super rich living in the $6,400 per square foot Plaza Hotel   (gothamist.com ) divider line
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2008-02-18 05:05:39 PM  
itazurakko: Oh MAN that's hilarious!

His headshot makes him look like a middle-aged, bloated Ben Affleck.
 
2008-02-18 05:06:19 PM  
kronicfeld: Ah, yes, the whole "You're not allowed to lament anything that happens to you as long as you have tons and tons of money!" meme.

No.... it's you get to make fun of the douches for acting like douches. These people can live anywhere they want. They chose to live somewhere that has few people and then complain that they are lonely.
 
2008-02-18 05:06:48 PM  
Gosh, that's just too bad. I couldn't possibly think of a way out of a SELF-IMPOSED LIFESTYLE such as that.
 
2008-02-18 05:06:57 PM  
PinocchioDeBergerac: SaintAwesome: Ok, very minor thread jack.

Can someone please explain or point me to a resource explaining the new FARK cliche' / meme "I only have 26 minutes to get to the gym" and it's variations?

Thanks.
Please return to the regularly scheduled thread.

Here you go. (pops)

/Trade you for the original thread to that homeschooling chick with the ultrabrite teeth?


Yep, this is the source, Y'all.
 
2008-02-18 05:07:02 PM  
The lack of community isn't limited to upscale condos. In a lot of the 'sprawl' style communities in the suburbs you end up with transient professionals. They come into the neighborhood for a 2 years or so, pickup the next job a few states over and continue the cycle.

Course, in my situation I knew I didn't want neighbors so I bought enough land so that they could develop right up to my property line and I wouldn't notice from my house.
 
2008-02-18 05:07:14 PM  
Worst_Login_Ever: If I had those digs - and that $$$ - I'd never be lonely. Hookers and blow, 24X7.

Well done my friend, well done...couldn't have said it any better.
 
2008-02-18 05:08:02 PM  
PinocchioDeBergerac: itazurakko: Oh MAN that's hilarious!

His headshot makes him look like a middle-aged, bloated Ben Affleck.


I wonder if that tard realizes he is becoming an intarweb joke...
 
2008-02-18 05:08:31 PM  
BassTurd: SaintAwesome: Thanks for all the answers to the 26 minutes to the gym thread.
I shall read them.


xoxoxoxo
SA

Too bad that of all the answers you received PinocchioDeBergerac is the only one that appears to have it correct.


Is falsely explaining a Fark Cliche, the NEW Fark Cliche?

'I have to be at the gym in 26 minutes' is actually from a thread where a guy received a Hot Cocoa Sampler Box while working at the US Mint: He wanted to share more but had to be at the gym in 26 minutes to pick up some vodak
 
2008-02-18 05:08:34 PM  
darkhorse23: The richest people I know are also the most miserable.

Yeah, right. Maybe they just pretend to be miserable so that when they associate with poor SOBs like you they don't have to feel so guilty about their wealth?

I'm upper middle class. I'll be retired well before 50. If I wanted to live in a trailer I could retire tomorrow but I'd like to have some reasonable means in my declining years. I'm not what I would call "rich" but I can assure you I'm not miserable in the slightest.
 
2008-02-18 05:08:41 PM  
what, with their $200 sandwiches, $100,000 sundaes, $1 Million 4 slice pizzas, diamond encrusted toys, $50 bottled water, and coats made from fetal buffalo, I thought they'd be happy.

Its almost ironic that I live in a lousy, windowless room, rended from a house (in nyc), and I eat microwaved chicken patties and powdered iced tea for dinner....

and I'm content.

life could be better, but I'm young, living on my own, financially independant, have a stable job....

(no I don't work at the stables...)

like my friend says "in life, two things I'd never want to be are extremely rich and extremely poor"
 
2008-02-18 05:10:09 PM  
SaintAwesome: I wonder if that tard realizes he is becoming an intarweb joke...

One can only hope. Or not. All depends on your schadenfreude-meter's calibration.

But Fark pwns him regularly (p).
 
2008-02-18 05:10:32 PM  
The Latest in Jellybean Technology: BassTurd: He wanted to share more but had to be at the gym in 26 minutes to pick up some vodak

I love me some vodak.
 
2008-02-18 05:11:04 PM  
Was it Patrick Bateman?

That dweeb?! No way. No, that's Paul Allen's digs. I had lunch with him last Tuesday, you know.

/my card
 
2008-02-18 05:11:11 PM  
jafiwam: WTF? Home is for being AWAY from other people.

Go hang out at the local watering hole and pay your $8 per PBR in your NYC.

It's amazing, there's like, often other primates there you can talk to. Try biatching about how much your PBR costs for starters. It's common ground you know.


Any bar that would charge $8 for PBR would not serve PBR. If you are being charged $8 for a PBR in NYC then you are most likely pissing off the bartender in some way. Try not to do that next time.
 
2008-02-18 05:11:28 PM  
SaintAwesome: PinocchioDeBergerac: itazurakko: Oh MAN that's hilarious!

His headshot makes him look like a middle-aged, bloated Ben Affleck.

I wonder if that tard realizes he is becoming an intarweb joke...


......Are you new to the internet?
 
2008-02-18 05:11:55 PM  
So is the new meme to not correctly explain a meme or are we not allowed to mention his name anymore?

Eh, google "i am heading to the gym in 26 minutes douchebag".
 
2008-02-18 05:12:48 PM  
Whoops, I should read the thread more closely AND refresh before posting.
 
2008-02-18 05:13:26 PM  
PinocchioDeBergerac: SaintAwesome: I wonder if that tard realizes he is becoming an intarweb joke...

One can only hope. Or not. All depends on your schadenfreude-meter's calibration.

But Fark pwns him regularly (p).



BECOMING?!

My friend, that moment has come and gone. Now he has his own place on high, in the Hall of Fark jokes.

/kinda sad
//oh well.
 
2008-02-18 05:14:02 PM  
Interesting to think that 6 square feet of that apartment would buy my parent's house.
 
2008-02-18 05:14:08 PM  
I do not want to in any way curse someone to a miserable existence no matter how rich they may be.
I do however feel that they make their own choices and spent their own money and won't get any pity from me. Look, it's not like they don't have the choice or the money to go somewhere else.

Then again (as one from the Ozarks) I always thought that New Yorkers spent more time out of their apartments going to Cats or Central Park or something like that. Am I wrong to think that?
 
2008-02-18 05:17:38 PM  
Sweet Jeebus, those apartments are gorgeous. And the views ...

I figured out pretty early on that the only way I could ever stand to live in NYC is if I were super rich.

/Would live there.
//Fark "community."
 
2008-02-18 05:17:44 PM  
The Latest in Jellybean Technology: SaintAwesome: PinocchioDeBergerac: itazurakko: Oh MAN that's hilarious!

His headshot makes him look like a middle-aged, bloated Ben Affleck.

I wonder if that tard realizes he is becoming an intarweb joke...

......Are you new to the internet?


Parts of it...
Hey, it's not as bad as never hearing about realultimatepower until now.
 
2008-02-18 05:20:35 PM  
I live in the middle of nowhere and enjoy a greater sense of community than some city folks. What's next? Small government Republicans? Educated West Virginians?
 
2008-02-18 05:20:46 PM  
Braindeath: Who the hell talks to their neighbors? I don't even think I've seen the people that live next door to me ever leave their apartment. I tried to say hello to one of them, and she looked like I was offering her crack right there.

She got all excited and then wouldn't leave you alone? In my 'hood, I could buy crack across the street (should go w/o saying I don't). My friend let them deal in her yard, they were the best home security you could imagine. NOBODY messed with her house. We could even leave unlocked bikes on the porch, it was awesome. Of course, every now and then some college kid gets shot trying to do something stupid, like pass a counterfeit bill...

//dealers are more reliable than bankers, and friendlier too!
 
2008-02-18 05:21:13 PM  
Truly, to love yourself, is the greatest love of all. Isn't that a powerful message? Drink your wine whats your face, it was expensive.

/got no exact quote skills
 
2008-02-18 05:25:26 PM  
26-minute Douchebag's IMDB Page (pops)

... there were white people in "Madea's Family Reunion" and "Diary of a Mad Black Woman?"
 
2008-02-18 05:26:17 PM  
PinocchioDeBergerac: Trade you for the original thread to that homeschooling chick with the ultrabrite teeth?

Yes! Me too please! I missed that one too!
 
2008-02-18 05:27:50 PM  
And in the end, when humanity is gone, all of it will crumble and decay and disappear, and eventually there won't even be a trace of that building left. None. Even the $5.8 million two bedroom. It will be as if it never existed.

/doesn't that make these people feel really, really stupid?
 
2008-02-18 05:29:05 PM  
rewind2846: And in the end, when humanity is gone, all of it will crumble and decay and disappear, and eventually there won't even be a trace of that building left. None. Even the $5.8 million two bedroom. It will be as if it never existed.

/doesn't that make these people feel really, really stupid?


I'm sure it's something they contemplate at The Four Seasons or on the plane to St. Bart's.
 
2008-02-18 05:31:01 PM  
vernonFL: Also at those prices my house would cost $12 million dollars.

Mine=22.4 mil
how sweet that would be...
 
2008-02-18 05:31:49 PM  
www.parishilton.gb.com
 
2008-02-18 05:32:21 PM  
Cool... another class envy thread. I'll have my butler make some popcorn.
 
2008-02-18 05:34:22 PM  
ScubaDude1960: Cool... another class envy thread. I'll have my butler make some popcorn.

And have Jeeves bring some more of those $8 PBRs.
 
2008-02-18 05:34:51 PM  
phartnocker: vernonFL: Also at those prices my house would cost $12 million dollars.

Mine=22.4 mil
how sweet that would be...


Or I could sell mine and buy a 35 sq ft closet there.
 
2008-02-18 05:37:26 PM  
Sgian Dubh: Let's all snark and say bad things about rich people, while wishing we were rich people.

.....I don't understand. Is that wrong? Am I not supposed to do that? Cause I gotta plead ignorance on this.
 
2008-02-18 05:42:18 PM  
How many times have
You heard someone say
If I had his money
I could do things my way

But little they know
That it's so hard to find
One rich man in ten
With a satisfied mind

Once I was waitin'
In fortune and fame
Everything that I dreamed for
To get a start in life's game

Then suddenly it happened
I lost every dime
But I'm richer by far
With a satisfied mind

Money can't buy back
Your youth when you're old
Or a friend when you're lonely
Or a love that's grown cold

The wealthiest person
Is a pauper at times
Compared to the man
With a satisfied mind

When my life has ended
And my time has run out
My friends and my loved ones
I'll leave there's no doubt

But one thing's for certain
When it comes my time
I'll leave this old world
With a satisfied mind

How many times have
You heard someone say
If I had his money
I could do things my way

But little they know
That it's so hard to find
One rich man in ten
With a satisfied mind

-- Johnny Cash.
 
2008-02-18 05:47:38 PM  
jungus: Then again (as one from the Ozarks) I always thought that New Yorkers spent more time out of their apartments going to Cats or Central Park or something like that. Am I wrong to think that?

That pretty much sums it up - you don't live in the middle of a huge city to sit in your appartment all day wondering why nobody calls. I'm sure there are all sorts of shops/theatres/restaurants etc. just outside the door where they could meet hundreds of people.
 
2008-02-18 05:49:04 PM  
Jesus Christ it's a lion! Get in the car!: SaintAwesome: Ok, very minor thread jack.
Can someone please explain or point me to a resource explaining the new FARK cliche' / meme "I only have 26 minutes to get to the gym" and it's variations?
Thanks.
Please return to the regularly scheduled thread.

some douchebag kid wrote on some bmw forum about his daddy's super bmw or something, and said in post going to gym in 26 min or something. a day later he wound up dead in same car by driving it off a private runway at like 100mph, and 80 ft up, darwin claimed him and 4 of his douchebag friends. he made it to fark and thus the meme was born.


Awesome. Well done. Can't wait to see this show up on Snopes!
 
2008-02-18 05:54:18 PM  
Believe it or not, even rich people want to have friends.

And no, the answer isn't "Move into the ghetto." They want friends who have similar interests and aren't going to blast rap music at 2:30 in the morning.

I don't begin to "feel sorry for" these people, but what they have there is a legitimate issue that a savvy person could cater to. It sounds like there is a market for high-end community living and nothing out there currently filling the niche.
 
2008-02-18 05:54:24 PM  
I really never understood wealthy people like the ones they quote in the article. My mother's family is a very wealthy new york family, and the message from them was always about discretion. They would never in a million years flaunt or publicize their wealth in such a way. Sure, they all live very well, but they work, they contribute to charity anonymously, and in general maintain a low profile.
/the people in the articles are complete douchebags, much like the "eco-moms" from yesterday's article about ridiculous orange county prozac princesses that drive their SUVs to green meetings where they get half cocked on wine and drink perrier.
 
2008-02-18 05:57:07 PM  
The Plaza sounds like a great place to live.

Nice and quiet. No riff raff. Just you and the ghosts.

Kinda like that place in The Shining.
 
2008-02-18 05:59:24 PM  
kronicfeld: Ah, yes, the whole "You're not allowed to lament anything that happens to you as long as you have tons and tons of money!" meme.

No, it's the "look, you are fortunate enough that in this life you have more material goods than you will ever be able to use while millions on this planet starve to death, die from preventable illness, and sleep outdoors in the cold, so STFU and enjoy it. Quityerbiatchin." meme.
 
2008-02-18 06:00:31 PM  
This is terrible news!

Clearly a government program to help these unfortunate individuals is needed! It is simply irresponsible to let it go on any longer! Obviously what is needed is a hefty tax to unburden these people of there tragic situation. Obviously if they were placed in a position of having to contribute to society and work to meet the basics of living they would be much happier and it is our responsibility as fellow humans to deny them this opportunity no more!
 
2008-02-18 06:06:27 PM  
ruta
So is the new meme to not correctly explain a meme or are we not allowed to mention his name anymore?

You mean we can't use the name of Voldemo
 
2008-02-18 06:06:47 PM  
img407.imageshack.us

People who choose to live in rarefied communities are often lonely. Full story in 26 minutes.
 
2008-02-18 06:11:32 PM  
Seems to be the unfortunate side-effect of converting the Plaza to apartments. When it was a hotel, it was a pleasant place to visit.

I understand that the current owners plan to reopen the public rooms. Maybe that will change the ambience. I might just drop by for tea and crumpets.

sic transit gloria mundae....
 
2008-02-18 06:12:14 PM  
darkhorse23: The richest people I know are also the most miserable.

The majority of the incredibly wealthy people I know, i.e. assets in excess of 25 million dollars (lots of money in Wyoming hidden away), are some of the most evil and twisted people I have ever known.

They would sink to the same depths as any crack addict to get ahead, but of course unlike the crack addict, they have the system to help them out.

/they might not suck dick, but they would pay someone else to do it for them...
 
2008-02-18 06:13:06 PM  
reyalfonso: jafiwam: WTF? Home is for being AWAY from other people.

Go hang out at the local watering hole and pay your $8 per PBR in your NYC.

It's amazing, there's like, often other primates there you can talk to. Try biatching about how much your PBR costs for starters. It's common ground you know.

Any bar that would charge $8 for PBR would not serve PBR. If you are being charged $8 for a PBR in NYC then you are most likely pissing off the bartender in some way. Try not to do that next time.


Lol. I was trying to get someone to say "what's PBR". It's usually a buck fifty here in good ol WI. I wouldn't go near that shiathole NYC if it was populated only by horny women that only did anal. That place needs to be nuked.
 
2008-02-18 06:13:43 PM  
Spongebob Plaid Pants: vernonFL: Also at those prices my house would cost $12 million dollars.

Mine, too. Wonder what my 10 acres would bring?


Given that 10 acres equals 435,600 square feet, it would go for $2,787,840,000.

/Just for you, I'll only charge half of my "finder's fee".
//5% please.
 
2008-02-18 06:18:12 PM  
I believe there's a business opportunity here. A while back, I read about a company in Japan that organizes "family reunions" for old people whose kids have all died. They have actors who pretend to be the old people's kids, brothers/sisters, nephews, whatever. So for a few hours, these actors act, the old people pretend like they've still got a family, and the company and actors get paid.

All you'd really have to do is modify this plan so it caters to lonely rich Americans instead of lonely old rich Japanese people. Not sure how you'd do it though.
 
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