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Quick, call CALPERS, sell more REIT's to the fiduciary boys!
Man, what a shithole. Who in their right mind wants to live in the projects anyway? New York sucks
Haha! I walked past Stuy Town today, couldn't help but think of this unfolding drama on the way past.
These guys had every intention of screwing the rent-control tenants (ok, who get an unfair deal in NYC, always have, BUT, try being a big RE developer in the city and upping the rent of a 90 year old woman, BAD, BAD PR!) to meet their investment returns.
I would imagine with the cash shortfall they simply thought they could get a perpetual negative amortization deal on their mortage to finance this thing until they beat all the tenants' heads in.
Reap what we sow!
why don't we just keep monetizing the whole system, keep smoking green shoots, it's just the tip of the iceberg, they'll need to pump up the volume a bit i'd say to keep up with this one, commercial's not like residential, this is gonna be ONE BIG MESS
IYR has been one of the top performing sectors vs. SPY over the past month. Currently, it is the number one performing sector relative to the S&P over the last two weeks. Totally mind-boggling.
New name Bailout City...
The Financial Capital of Bailout Nation...Late night informercial voice..."Don't live in the U.S.? Hell, don't let that get in your way! Just bum rush the border and there are free handouts waiting for you for damn near everything! We can't help you with details of how to do that(wink, wink), but once your here we'll set you up big time with weekly paychecks as long as you say you're looking, 4k for a car, 8k for a house, and now free healthcare! Don't matter if you smoke and drink everyday or eat fifteen meals a week in McD's and Dunkin Donuts...everyone else will make sure to give you money to care about your health even when you don't!"
A little off topic but this interview with economist Michael Hudson is a must listen - TD you might want to post this one.
interesting. thanks for the link
Interesting - and depressing...
Great interview. Thanks.
SOS..Banana Republic...thanks for link
Wow, the end is certainly near... thanks for the link!
This guy knows his stuff! I heard him a week earlier about Iceland. Another story worth following. Banks want the citizens of Iceland to pay for the private central banks losses. Remember what Andrew Jackson said??
Truth. Thank you.
Wow, Mr. Hudson makes it so clear. Thanks to him, I can now clearly see the bottom of my financial future as it comes up to smack me in my face! (BTW, as it so happens, my cousin lives in Iceland. Maybe I should fluff up the sleeping bag and spare pillow for her to use when she lands on my doorstep in a few months with all her earthly possessions stowed neatly in her handbag.)
an absolutely superb interview - michael hudson
is an american hero....this is must listen.
What they should do is take it public. The market will love it. Bankruptcy is a good thing ya know, just force the debholders to extend to infinity. Equity gets a super long-term option and debt holders get paid sometime in the next century. Everybody wins!
Press release from Fitch with some additional details:
Dear TD--I really miss your "Weekend Reading" section. And no I'm not too lazy to scour it out myself but it was a real treat to have the TD Sunday Times.
that's service :)
Michael Moore presents on Oct 2, 09:
I am going to first show..
Oh, grrrreaaaat... Just what we need, a hyper-partisan propagandist to weigh in.
With any luck he'll have a coronary before he can get anything shot.
In the world I see - you are stalking elk through the damp canyon forests around the ruins of Rockefeller Center. You'll wear leather clothes that will last you the rest of your life. You'll climb the wrist-thick kudzu vines that wrap the Sears Tower. And when you look down, you'll see tiny figures pounding corn, laying strips of venison on the empty car pool lane of some abandoned superhighway.
If only the Rockefeller family would implode like a
black hole, sucking themselves into an eternity
in the lake of fire where they belong.
Leather is too noisy to hunt in. And I wouldn't waste a bullet on an elk. You'll just hear the thump after my knife penetrates the throat.
You have never seen an Elk. They live around here. I saw a female the other day. Maybe 600 lbs. A male is 1000 lbs and very nasty. The most dangerous thing here and we have Cougars and Black Bear eveywhere.
I'll watch with interest if you'll take one on with a knife.
Watch outYou might get what youre afterCool babiesStrange but not a strangerIm an ordinary guyBurning down the house
Hold tight wait till the partys overHold tight were in for nasty weatherThere has got to be a wayBurning down the house
Heres your ticket pack your bag: time for jumpin overboardThe transportation is hereClose enough but not too far, maybe you know where you areFightin fire with fire
All wetHey you might need a raincoatShakedownDreams walking in broad daylightThree hun-dred six-ty five de-greesBurning down the house
It was once upon a place sometimes I listen to myselfGonna come in first placePeople on their way to work baby what did you exceptGonna burst into flame
My houseSout of the ordinaryThats mightDont want to hurt nobodySome things sure can sweep me off my feetBurning down the house
No visible means of support and you have not seen nuthin yetEverythings stuck togetherI dont know what you expect starring into the tv setFighting fire with fire
Conversion budget was burned by contractor and subcontractor...Kaching..The replacement value for vanity made the military look cheap!
Rise and Fall. Brings to mind the rise and fall of two steel and concrete towers in Manhattan. Purported to have been brought down by a deep conspiracy of Islamic religious fanatics angry at Satan USA. If Osama Bin Laden were sick to violence because he saw an empty, rapacious, inequitable economic system which chose winners and losers while lying to participants that it was all merit based and Free. Targeting other nations with their eco-political cabal.
If that system did manipulate the psychology of the people, the industrial policy of the nation, the bond/equity/derivative/forex markets of the world; if they lay as predators using inside gaming and automated trading to fleece the innocents of the world; if they coopted the political power to further extort the fat of the land--hoovering them up into their pockets, then they really were what they were perceived to be. Iniquitious, conspiratorial global terrorists without compare.
The twin towers came down very neatly, all that elaborate structure somehow being reduced to simple small almost portable pieces. The winners? Other real estate interests in NY which had the glut overnight transformed into a net scarcity. The military which used specious links to terror to launch wars throughout the middle and far east. The tower owner who needed impossibly expensive asbestos remediation and necessary retrofitting to overcome the extensive design flaws. The owner was handsomely repaid with double insurance payouts. AIG anyone? See the comparison?
Bringing down this tower of Babel which is the Debt peonage, superamplified business cycle, end-of-days rapacious looting has its designated winners too.
In a system where the unit of accounting has no stability, and is used as a tool to distort economic truths as revealed in other markets, in a system where taxpayer liquidity is used to trade against their interests, in a system where their retirements, health, savings, land and structures, livelihoods, and future earnings capacity have been destroyed by pull-forward false demand, this is an EVIL EMPIRE. Where falsehood is established as state policy by balance sheet manoevres, by no-standard accounting standards, by official bureaucratic lie-making, by slippery handed debt and equity manipulation, this is state terrorism against its governed masses.
In the fall of the dollar, in the fall of a false empire, in a fall of any structure of man, the tragedy is made worse by the open corruption and defiant evil of the powerful.
This is the face of the Great Satan. This is the age-old evil which diminishes the happiness and hope for the future. Those who have historically opposed it have been the heroes and patriots. The greatest lie of today is that our institutions founded on virtue and integrity are not the paragons of evildoing and exploitation. The USA, its bankers and politicians, are servants of all the dark arts and its prince reigns through them.
Throw out the money changers and high priests who crucify those who seek to restore the virtuous cycle in trade for their continued gain and position.
Sooner or later, it must crumble down.
it will crumble when yahushua destroys it.....
in the mean time the great irony of our time is
that the usa is indeed the great satan....
i can remember laughing at that sobriquet first
heard during the first gult war but
when i learned that the very same oligarchy
which murdered jfk, rfk, mlk, rwr (failed), rmn also
destroyed the wtc with skandia labs created
nano-thermite all of the pieces fell into place...
the bush crime syndicate is alive and well...the
great deals had in the destruction of the wtc fell
on neil bush who oh so coincidentally was on the
board of the insurer who just happened to cancel
the insurance contract on wtc days before the
the rockefellers, bushes, soros', bundys, and
many more grey eminences pull the strings of
power, deceit, and destruction....it will end
very badly for them but we will all suffer on
our way to redemption....
Msorense:.... thanks for the post,....."Dress Rehearsal For Debt Peonage" with economist Dr. Michael Hudson, brilliant!.....must hear interview!
There is a green shot in this somewhere, damnit...I just know there is!
They're growing in various closets and storerooms in the projects.
Nah, they are growing under stolen electricity in empty homes and businesses all over the country.
Big ups to Bed-Sty! Holla!
Will filing for bankruptcy make all lease contracts null and void and allow Stuy-Town to charge market rents to rent controlled tenants and essentially get rid of them?
Let's give Mister Jerry Speyer a golf clap for his public service as Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Oh, and all his work for advancing education for the underprivileged while on the Board of The Dalton School.
A State Assemblyman gave a stress test to properties in his central Brooklyn district, and apparently the whole region is filled with dominoes dangerously swaying in the winds of Hurricane Lehman. In all, Crain's reports, the survey determined that 65 market-rate residential buildings in the neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy are financially troubled or on the verge of distress. The list includes stalled projects as well as new buildings that are completed and unoccupied, such as Clinton Hill's The Collection at 525 Clinton Avenue (oh, what sweet memories) and the Isabella at 545 Washington Avenue, which some eggheads believe represents everything that's wrong with America.
Developers of both buildings are in the early stages of foreclosure, and State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries wants to turn the unsold units into affordable housing, similar to the City Council's HARP plan. Surprisingly, Fort Greene's Forté—which should soon wind up in the hands of its lender—didn't make Jeffries' list. The Isabella still has some active listings for those looking to live dangerously.
· 65 central Brooklyn condos in or near financial distress [Crain's]
· A Trip Inside Clinton Hill's 'The Collection 525' [Curbed]
I agree Anon, it was Hurricane Lehman. Let's not forget the $22 Billion deal Jerry Speyer did with Lehman for Archstone-Smith. "Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." Proverbs 16:18
Never fear, Barney Frank is currently writing a bill that will take the "repaid" TARP funds and gift to the low income housing units.
Cash for Projects.
I'm sure this will be a winner too!
Just mow the whole place down.
It is place, build a new stadium, a new greyhound racetrack, a a new casino for the gamblers...
and the Charlie Rangel Memorial Hall of Fame
memorial hall of shame.
One more nail in Obama's "green shoots" scenario
They could decrease vacancies by decreasing rent instead of simply offering the no broker fee / free one month rent offer. 14th and 1st isn't prime enough to support the $3000 rents they're asking for.
The shit is flying through the air towards the fan. REITS are just another of several turds which will (and must) obliterate this bear market bounce and send us down to new lows.
Tuesday is September 1st, which marks the official start-date for Crash Season.
Anyone staying long between September and January has balls of titanium.
History is approaching...
Long ago, before the turn of the millennium, I had a buddy who worked in wtc (building 7 I think) on a trading floor. Came to visit him, and as I walked through the pit, with its glass walls and gothic-cathedral-high ceilings, this is the song that drummed into my head:
Kept remembering that visit, and that song I could not stop assocating with it, after Sept. 11, 2001, and then after Sept. 15, 2008.
Sheeple blood for the passover/under.
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