Harvey Weinstein Sells Hamptons House at $1.4 Million Loss Amid Divorce from Georgina Chapman 


Weinstein Loses $1.4 Million on Hamptons Estate.

Disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein settled on a $10 million sale price for a Hamptons mansion he bought three years ago for $11.4 million

The hits just keep coming for publicly pilloried and legally embattled film and television super-producer Harvey Weinstein and his red carpet gown designer soon-to-be-ex-wife Georgina Chapman who took a staggering $1.4 million loss, not counting carrying costs, improvement expenses and real estate fees, on the sale of a bay front mansion in the sleepy Hamptons community of Amagansett, New York.

The May-December former couple, he’s nearly 25 years her senior, settled on a sale price of $10 million for the estate they purchased in June 2014 for $11.4 million from nine-time Tony winning Broadway producer Roy Furman (“Spamalot,” “The Book of Mormon” and the recent revival of “Hello, Dolly”). Read the rest of this entry »

NYC Steakhouse Owner Torched by Twitter Haters Over Objection to Rising Minimum Wage Costs

Willie “Jack” Degel, long an outspoken critic of rising minimum wages and their effect on restaurants, talked himself into the firestorm when he inadvertently knocked both his customers and his employees during an interview on national TV.

“One could conclude that more restaurants are closing than opening.”

— James Famularo, senior director of Eastern Consolidated.

Degel, who owns Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse and starred in Food Network’s reality television show “Restaurant Stakeout,” first put his foot in his mouth when he was asked about how the rising minimum wage affects his eateries.

Degel said he can’t just pass the added cost to his customers because they are “not educated” about the economics of running a restaurant.

Degel’s Twitter feed blew up with hate tweets.

The businessman also said it was harder to keep his employees today because wait staff, like those at other restaurants, have a “sense of entitlement.”

After the comments, made on “Fox & Friends,” Degel’s Twitter feed blew up with hate tweets.

“Omg! I would never patronize a place that thinks so little of its staff,” jacottrell tweeted. “Calling your staff entitled and prefer when they were servants? Good grief man!”

“This makes me sad,” tweeted sdusn06. “We go have brunch there at least once a month Guess We will find another place.”

While Degel clearly fumbled the interview, many restaurant owners are feeling the pain of rising minimum wages.

Many eateries are seeing their profits squeezed, or worse, as wages rise.

The amount of vacant food service space in Manhattan has never been higher, according to real estate experts. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘I Think it Will Become the Asian Tequila’

Now for Hipsters: Baijiu Makes Its Way to New York

Carlos Tejada reports: So says one New Yorker who now quaffs baijiu, the most Chinese of tipples. The stern-smelling stuff has made its way onto the cocktail menus of tony watering holes in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The challenge, says at least one bartender, is making its distinct taste complement the cocktail rather than taking it over. The WSJ’s Charles Passy writes:

And in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens, the JakeWalk, a craft cocktail bar, recently added Shaolin Land, a complex drink that combines baijiu with other exotic spirits, including an Italian myrtle berry liqueur, as part of a fall menu revamp….(read more)

Source: China Real Time Report – WSJ

If you Hit Donald Trump with a Stick, Candy Comes Out! Trump Piñatas Appear in Mexico


A shop in Mexico City has a Piñata version of Donald Trump

A pinata maker in Mexico is taking swings at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump following his remarks about Mexican immigrants.


It comes with Trump’s signature hairstyle and business suit. Piñatas are considered symbols of evil in Mexico.  They have to be smashed to release the good, the tradition goes…[MyFoxy.com]

From Wikipedia:

Piñatas are commonly associated with Mexico. The idea of breaking a container filled with treats came to Europe in the 14th century, where the name, from the Italian pignatta, was introduced. The Spanish brought the European tradition to Mexico, although there were similar traditions in Mesoamerica. The Aztecs had a similar tradition to honor the birthday of the god Huitzilopochtli in mid December.


According to local records, the Mexican piñata tradition began in the town of Acolman, just north of Mexico City, where piñatas were introduced for catechism purposes as well as to co-opt the Huitzilopochtli ceremony. Today, the piñata is still part of Mexican culture, the cultures of other countries in Latin America, as well as the United States, but it has mostly lost its religious character.


CO Senator Responds to Property Managers Attempt to Disarm Tenants

After news broke that Ross Management Group was attempting to bar tenants from possessing firearms in Castle Rock, Colorado’s Oakwood Apartments, Colorado state senator Greg Brophy (R-Dist. 1) spoke to Breitbart News about the issue.

Brophy said the news of the ban hit him as “flatly unconstitutional” from a legal and/or governance standpoint.

Of the attempt to force every tenant to give up his or her guns, Brophy said: “It is utterly foolish to go out and practically advertise that ‘no one living in this building can protect him or herself.'”

Brophy said doing this would have turned the apartments into yet another “‘gun free zone’ for criminally minded people to rob or attack at will.”

77-year old Oakwood tenant and Marine Art Dorsch feared these very things when he told Colorado 9News how shocked he was that Ross management was demanding he get rid of all his guns or get out of the apartments.

Douglas County leaders intervened in the situation and the ban has been rescinded.

via Property Managers Attempt to Disarm Tenants.