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Here's a dose of reality for those of you downtown that have an interest in real estate -- for renters, buyers and sellers.

Robert Agee


Vote! 

While you still can. 


 

"Real Estate is always good, as far as I'm concerned."

 --Donald Trump

 

While many of us are focused on the upcoming mid-term elections a lot has been going on in real estate. There has been a plethora of new construction in Tribeca and SoHo and rentals are starting to decline. Current prices for units that are coming on the market, both Downtown rents and sales of Condos, are dropping. 


Here's an important plank in the James campaign that addresses some of the abuses by SoHo landlords and developers seeking to gut rent-control and rent-stabilization. 

This is how the real affordable housing crisis is unfolding. In cases that are not well known, the real estate industry and abusive landlords have been litigating Seniors out of older SoHo lofts and out of their apartments in order to push development. HPD has done nothing but support these illegal efforts and the Courts are willing co-conspirators.: 


For those of us in SoHo who wish to support the Tish James campaign for Attorney General, here's some good news:

Dear Friends, 

What a month. Trump's cronies are dropping like flies.  

As the next Attorney General of New York State, I want to send a strong and clear message to Washington that no one is above the law - not even the President. 


An important new announcement for SoHo residents —

WHEN: Wednesday, August 8.  Doors open at 4:00 pm for refreshments and the meeting starts at 4:30.


News from A.G.: Barbara D. Underwood: 


Residents and Businesses Beware!

From The SoHo Alliance comes this warning.:

Several years ago the SoHo Alliance warned of a wheelchair-bound man whose lawyer would approach SoHo shops lacking handicap accessible ramps and threaten to sue for millions in alleged emotional damage under the Americans with Disabilities Act unless the store settled for tens of thousands of dollars.  

High-minded crusade or shakedown racket? 


The article below is a message from Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon:

Cynthia Nixon Unveils ‘Justice For All’ Platform

Cynthia calls for bold changes to dismantle mass incarceration in New York


 

Now that the City of New York and its fabulous Film office (they need the money) has been renting out downtown as a back lot for photo shoots, movies, fashion shows, parties, be careful how you deal with the goons watching the parking spaces. They believe they have the power of arrest.

Varick Street near Grand on a Sunday:

Car parks behind a barricade preventing access to the sidewalk where the previously applied signs have washed away. Two guys walk up the the car that has pulled in to the sidewalk.