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(Gothamist)   How one crazy, old, unemployed Ph.D turned his rent stabilized Manhattan hovel into $17 million   (gothamist.com) divider line 20
    More: Hero, Ph.D., Manhattan, Herb Sukenik, Central Park West, Mayflower Hotel, Central Park South, MRIs, Mayflower  
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2014-03-02 10:02:32 PM  
5 votes:
In the movie version John Malkovitch will play the crusty hermit. But we'll need a young Hispanic maid with a tragic back story who softens his rough edges and makes him see the beauty in life. Somebody get Demi Lovato on the phone.
2014-03-02 10:43:32 PM  
3 votes:

bunner: Manfred J. Hattan: bunner: In other news, you can oink up 17,000,000.00 for a small apartment and still make a profit off of people who want to live in an ant farm.

What a $65 MM ant farm may look like.

Now with ugly assed ceiling lights and hot and cold running elitism!


Because real Muricans, live in vinyl clad freedom masions, out in Particle Board Estates.
2014-03-02 10:35:53 PM  
3 votes:
FTA :

Will Zeckendorf describes Sukenik as "a nightmare. Hugely intelligent, a Ph.D., unmarried, embittered, a loner, disconnected from society, and too smart for his own good. "

What was his FARK handle?
2014-03-02 09:45:35 PM  
3 votes:

fusillade762: I'd bet good money this gets turned into a movie soon.


KAVORKA: Come on, there ought to be a rule where they can give him 10 years in a rent-free, comparable apartment.  Or something like that.  He basically extorted them, how does this help anybody except him?

It's not extortion, it's capitalism. Why do you hate America?


It's only capitalism when the big guy farks the little guy.  The other way around is called a felony.
2014-03-02 07:53:03 PM  
2 votes:
Developer boohoo "this old guy is too smart for his own good"

Old guy:

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2014-03-02 11:47:21 PM  
1 votes:

Mantour: Old man with a lot of money?

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He can get a gold-digging wife for a few years, catch up on what he missed, for all its worth.


They should replace that bulb.
2014-03-02 11:27:14 PM  
1 votes:

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: StanTheMan: Rent-stabilized tenants in the outer boroughs are increasingly facing malign neglect from greedy landlords

Uh, no, malign neglect comes from landlords who can't earn a return on investment because of rent control, so they don't improve their buildings.

Santa Monica, CA has rent control. All the buildings are run down ugly crapholes. Nearby Westwood has no rent control, and all the apartment buildings are new and beautiful, some with giant gyms and other awesome amenities. You get what you freaking pay for.

Want to see crappy apartments? Go to a rent controlled city.

I know, have you the hell hole Manhattan has become? SOHO? Greenwich Village? Park Slopes? He'll holes, pure hell holes.

/you forgot to mention the tax abatement the developer received.


Sure if you wanna judge a place by amenities, how nice it looks, and the general level of civilization, but do they have freedumb?  Huh?  Do they?  Because this is what freedum looks like, and it's the most beautiful place in the world.

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2014-03-02 11:11:48 PM  
1 votes:
Lemme guess: did he use this one weird trick the real estate companies don't want you to know about?

/discovered by a mom
//yes, I realize I'm late to the party
///suck it
////suck it long and hard
2014-03-02 10:55:10 PM  
1 votes:

InterruptingQuirk: FTFBoY


Farking Christ on moped.  My field of no farks to give just blossomed into a continent of them.  In fact, these rich assholes owe me some farks now for even having had to hear their story.
2014-03-02 10:33:31 PM  
1 votes:
this is an example of how every marriage and government program should have a mandatory 7 year self destruction aspect.
2014-03-02 10:13:08 PM  
1 votes:

Equilibrist: And to think, they could have had it  for the additional cost of 2 meals a week, maybe $200 extra.


I'm pretty sure that it wasn't the cost, but that the high-end restaurant didn't want to be continually inhabited by a foul-smelling curmudgeon.
2014-03-02 10:06:00 PM  
1 votes:
Rent-stabilized tenants in the outer boroughs are increasingly facing malign neglect from greedy landlords

Uh, no, malign neglect comes from landlords who can't earn a return on investment because of rent control, so they don't improve their buildings.

Santa Monica, CA has rent control. All the buildings are run down ugly crapholes. Nearby Westwood has no rent control, and all the apartment buildings are new and beautiful, some with giant gyms and other awesome amenities. You get what you freaking pay for.

Want to see crappy apartments? Go to a rent controlled city.
2014-03-02 09:51:18 PM  
1 votes:
ilarge.listal.com
2014-03-02 09:43:45 PM  
1 votes:
I don't think we are to look at him as a hero.   He's a millionaire, and I believe here on fark that millionaires are bad and to be vilified.

Tear this person down and sick the tax man on him.
2014-03-02 09:42:02 PM  
1 votes:

KAVORKA: Come on, there ought to be a rule where they can give him 10 years in a rent-free, comparable apartment.  Or something like that.  He basically extorted them, how does this help anybody except him?


It always make me happy to see a little grifter fark a big grifter.
2014-03-02 09:34:33 PM  
1 votes:
Well this has some real humanistic components and emotional touch points that can be appreciated by roughly 0% of the populace.

He went on to confirm that he did now want money - even though he had no use for it, no kids, no charitable impulse, and didn't want to leave it to his brother.

Who can't relate to this?
2014-03-02 09:32:44 PM  
1 votes:
A hit man would have been cheaper
2014-03-02 09:30:39 PM  
1 votes:
In the old days this jamoke would have just been found face-down in a crossword puzzle one morning.
2014-03-02 07:19:52 PM  
1 votes:
UP did it better.
2014-03-02 06:49:44 PM  
1 votes:
And to think, they could have had it  for the additional cost of 2 meals a week, maybe $200 extra.
 
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