We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I greatly enjoy contemplating urban issues. As someone who grew up frequenting NYC, I suppose my bias is towards the high-density, mixed-use (ie residential and commerce combined), mix of very old and brand-new buildings, and the mixed-use (ie residential and commerce combined) environment that makes downtown New York such a vibrant and constantly interesting place, day and night. The city that never sleeps.
If I could afford a pied a terre there, I would do it. (The only reason NYC real estate is so high is because of government controls.) Take the elevator down, say Hi to the doorman, walk seven blocks to a neighborhood French bistro or your favorite pub past all the people taking their dogs for a walk. Nice way of life. New Yorkers are skinny because they walk everywhere - including to work in the morning. Well, subway if it's over a mile I suppose but it depends on the person.
Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have moved into a $3.3 million apartment, owned by American Jewish Congress head Jack Rosen’s firm.
The apartment’s market rate for rent is between $12,000-$14,000, according to sources referenced by the New York Post on Monday.
Rosen is an active donor for the Democratic party, including contributions to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s former campaigns. He has also helped raise nearly half a million dollars to President Obama’s 2012 re-election efforts.
A democratic fundraiser who spoke to The Post said some people believe Weiner and Abedin are living at the 2,120 square-foot, 4 bedroom, apartment free of cost. However, Philippe Reines, a spokesman for Secretary Clinton, stated the couple pays a market rate for the residence.
“They are a two-income family and are more than capable of paying their market-rate rent,” Reines said.
That would be an interesting campaign question for Mr. Weiner: how much DO you pay in rent?
Sounds so European - the sophisticated carefree life of those without a care or need in the world as portrayed by the NYT & WSJ style pages. As they say, "Nice job, if you can get it." Yet that is not what perhaps 80% of the folks living in NYC get to experience each day.