Empire: A Tale of Obsession, Betrayal, and the Battle for an American Icon

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(as of Feb 12,2019 09:06:15 UTC – Details)

The world’s most famous skyscraper, the Empire State Building is an icon as immediately recognizable as the Eiffel Tower, the Great Pyramids, or the Taj Mahal; and for some of the world’s most powerful men, it is the ultimate prize. From the day it was erected, it has been the object of obsession for the heads of empires, conjuring their most hidden vices. In a riveting chronicle of betrayal, revenge, family rivalry, and raw greed, award-winning journalist Mitchell Pacelle tells the compelling tale of the history of the Empire State Building and the battle for ownership which reveals the inner workings of a world of powerful, self-made men. Pacelle brings to life the colorful cast of characters involved-a dramatis personae including the most powerful players in the international real estate markets both old and new, including John Raskob and Pierre du Pont alongside Donald Trump, the Helmsleys, Peter Malkin, and the eccentric Japanese billionaire Hideki Yokoi. Before the tale is over, Yokoi will accuse his beloved illegitimate daughter of stealing the building from him, several participants will land in jail, one will die suddenly, and a tense legal standoff will leave the landmark in limbo. One of the most fascinating characters to emerge from this richly layered story is the building itself, with its legendary romances and suicides, its odd tenants, and the countless human triumphs and tragedies that have been played out within its towering walls.

How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood


(as of Feb 03,2019 14:11:21 UTC – Details)

A journey to the front lines of the battle for the future of American cities, uncovering the massive, systemic forces behind gentrification–and the lives that are altered in the process.

The term gentrification has become a buzzword to describe the changes in urban neighborhoods across the country, but we don’t realize just how threatening it is. It means more than the arrival of trendy shops, much-maligned hipsters, and expensive lattes. The very future of American cities as vibrant, equitable spaces hangs in the balance.

Peter Moskowitz’s How to Kill a City takes readers from the kitchen tables of hurting families who can no longer afford their homes to the corporate boardrooms and political backrooms where destructive housing policies are devised. Along the way, Moskowitz uncovers the massive, systemic forces behind gentrification in New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, and New York. The deceptively simple question of who can and cannot afford to pay the rent goes to the heart of America’s crises of race and inequality. In the fight for economic opportunity and racial justice, nothing could be more important than housing.

A vigorous, hard-hitting expose, How to Kill a City reveals who holds power in our cities-and how we can get it back

New York for Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate (Urban and Industrial Environments)


(as of Jan 26,2019 17:37:00 UTC – Details)

How community-based planning has challenged the powerful real estate industry in New York City.

Remarkably, grassroots-based community planning flourishes in New York City—the self-proclaimed “real estate capital of the world”—with at least seventy community plans for different neighborhoods throughout the city. Most of these were developed during fierce struggles against gentrification, displacement, and environmental hazards, and most got little or no support from government. In fact, community-based plans in New York far outnumber the land use plans produced by government agencies. In New York for Sale, Tom Angotti tells some of the stories of community planning in New York City: how activists moved beyond simple protests and began to formulate community plans to protect neighborhoods against urban renewal, real estate mega-projects, gentrification, and environmental hazards. Angotti, both observer of and longtime participant in New York community planning, focuses on the close relationships among community planning, political strategy, and control over land. After describing the political economy of New York City real estate, its close ties to global financial capital, and the roots of community planning in social movements and community organizing, Angotti turns to specifics. He tells of two pioneering plans forged in reaction to urban renewal plans (including the first community plan in the city, the 1961 Cooper Square Alternate Plan—a response to a Robert Moses urban renewal scheme); struggles for environmental justice, including battles over incinerators, sludge, and garbage; plans officially adopted by the city; and plans dominated by powerful real estate interests. Finally, Angotti proposes strategies for progressive, inclusive community planning not only for New York City but for anywhere that neighborhoods want to protect themselves and their land. New York for Sale teaches the empowering lesson that community plans can challenge market-driven development even in global cities with powerful real estate industries

New York Real Estate Salesperson Exam


(as of Jan 14,2019 14:05:26 UTC – Details)

This practice test includes 280 multiple choice questions about New York Real Estate Salesperson Exam.

The test has been carefully developed to assist you to pass your actual test. It will help you prepare for and pass your exam on the first attempt but it does not include any study guide. The book focuses only on carefully selected practice questions.

Four main subjects; RULES & REGULATIONS, ECONOMICS, TAXES & INSURANCE and TRANSACTIONS & PROCEDURES are covered in this test.

RULES & REGULATIONS questions focus on;License Law, Law of Agency, Municipal Agencies, Condominiums & Suites, Land Use & Regulations, Human Rights & Fair Housing

ECONOMICS questions focus on;Estates & Interests, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Math, Mortgage Brokerage, Commercial Investment, Income Approach to Real Estate Valuation

TAXES & INSURANCE questions focus on;Taxes Assessment, Income Tax Issues, Property Insurance

TRANSACTIONS & PROCEDURES questions focus on;Valuation, Deeds & Title Closing Costs, The contract of sales and leases, Construction & Environmental Issues, Property Management, Real Estate Investment & Analysis

I Still Dream About You: A Novel


(as of Jan 07,2019 05:38:59 UTC – Details)


The beloved Fannie Flagg is at her irresistible and hilarious best in I Still Dream About You, a comic mystery romp through the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, past, present, and future.

Meet Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama. To others, Maggie’s life seems practically perfect—she’s lovely, charming, and a successful agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can’t help but wonder how she wound up living a life so different from the one she dreamed of as a child. But just when things seem completely hopeless, and the secrets of Maggie’s past drive her to a radical plan to solve it all, Maggie discovers, quite by accident, that everybody, it seems, has at least one little secret.

I Still Dream About You
 is a wonderful novel that is equal parts southern charm, murder mystery, and that perfect combination of comedy and old-fashioned wisdom that can be served up only by America’s own remarkable Fannie Flagg.

Praise for I Still Dream About You

“[Fannie Flagg is] a born storyteller.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Undoubtedly [Flagg’s] wisest book, comic and compassionate . . . Born of a tender heart and nurtured by an imaginative mind, it’s certain to touch the reader’s soul.”—Richmond Times Dispatch
“A fun and rollicking Nancy Drew mystery for grown-ups.”The Birmingham News 
“Classic Fannie . . . What [Flagg] writes about, time and again, are the touching, terrifying, heartbreaking, hysterical, extraordinary, everyday things that make us human.”—Southern Living

Fugitive Red


(as of Dec 30,2018 12:39:23 UTC – Details)

Love on the Internet gone wrong

Reminiscent of Nick and Amy in Gone Girl, Jack and Maria have a tortuous history. Currently, they live in a claustrophobic Manhattan apartment with their eight-year-old son, Jonah. Jack has quit booze, but his music career ended abruptly, and he isn’t doing much better as a real estate agent. Maria’s doing well at her corporate job, but she travels frequently. While they both love their son, they don’t seem to have much else in common and their sex life is nonexistent.

When a former band member tells Jack about a new extramarital dating app called Discreet Hookups, Jack quickly meets Sophia, who goes by the online name Fugitive Red. Jack and Sophia hit it off and have a steamy online affair. When Jack agrees to rendezvous with Sophia at her townhouse, he discovers her dead—strangled by a red necktie.

Immediately, Jack becomes a person of interest in the murder. Convinced that Sophia’s husband is the killer, Jack sets out to prove his innocence and save his marriage. Instead, he leaves a trail of dead bodies in his wake, and the police close in on him. Worse, he discovers that he has been the victim of a sinister scheme that may cost him his life.

Fred Trump: New York Real Estate Mogul


(as of Dec 22,2018 14:31:14 UTC – Details)

Fred Trump was a remarkable man who had vision and made a fortune carrying out his innovative ideas. He was successful briefly as a supermarket entrepreneur before he entered the real estate market in Brooklyn in the 1930s. Trump built Trump Village after he completed thousands of homes for veterans returning from World War II. My e-book looks at the insight and creative measures he used to make his homes available at cheaper prices than his competitors offered them. His plans to build quality homes for less included a mechanized maneuver operation, i.e. volume production of better-grade homes. Fred coordinated his construction, with masons, brick layers, plasterers, carpenters, plumbers, working smoothly along with machines like giant cranes, tractors, steam shovels, mechanized mortars, ditch diggers, and finishing machines. His Belt Parkway homes of the early 1940s were built of brick. Their attractive features included oak stairways, steel casement windows, and luxurious tiled bathrooms. Before he died in 1999 Fred Trump had amassed a personal fortune of more than $20 million.

Modern Real Estate Practice in New York

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(as of Nov 29,2018 01:38:30 UTC – Details)

Modern Real Estate Practice in New York, 8th Edition is the latest update of the book that educates more New York real estate students than all of its competition combined. The book contains the material necessary for both salesperson and broker students. Some distinguishing features/benefits:
* Margin notes to help students find key topics and crucial material.
* An expanded math section to give students a better opportunity to ensure that their skills are ready for the real world.
* More than 625 review questions.
* Both salesperson and supplemental broker level chapters And more!