Tagstristate-weeklyVideo Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink The upstate New York housing market has been hot for years, and the pandemic only accelerated that demand.That’s according to Drew Lang, architect and founder of Lang Architecture, whose firm has designed homes in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills — along with others in New York City, New Orleans and elsewhere.Lang sat down with The Real Deal editor-in-chief Stuart Elliot to discuss the process of building a home outside the five boroughs, including scoping out the area, identifying a piece of land, researching zoning codes and more. Watch the TRD Tips video to learn how to get started.
Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Message* Full Name* The dispute over the project first entered the public eye in October, when Rosen’s firm filed a lawsuit accusing Vanke of making a “backdoor deal” with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China that gave it an interest in both sides of the $360 million construction loan that defaulted in May.In response, Vanke claimed that RFR was intentionally sabotaging the project in order to extract an “exorbitant buyout” of its minority stake — a strategy that had already begun before the pandemic, with the refusal to fund the December 2019 capital call.In filings in the ongoing lawsuit, RFR’s lawyers acknowledge that the company has not made any capital contributions since December 2019, after informing Vanke that “it made no economic sense to contribute such funds without a plan to address the upcoming [May 2020] maturity.” But they note that “the failure to fund a capital call cannot be a ‘For Cause’ event” that would allow Vanke to remove RFR from the partnership, according to the LLC agreement.Vanke’s lawyers accept that the capital call issue alone is not enough to remove RFR from the project, but argue that it reflects a broader pattern of bad behavior.“RFR’s abject failure to provide much needed capital to the company in a time of distress (to avoid default) demonstrates that RFR does not have the company’s interests in mind and is committed to starving the project of needed capital in order to force a buyout,” they wrote in a March memorandum.Both RFR and Vanke have issued capital calls for additional funds to cover expenses at the project over the past year, according to court filings.Contact Kevin Sun Tags From left: Vanke US managing director Kai-yan Lee, 100 East 53rd Street and RFR’s Aby Rosen (Photos via Foster + Partners and Getty)Vanke US has opened up a new front in its ongoing battle with RFR Holding over control of a Midtown condo tower project that defaulted on its construction loan last year.The company, which is the U.S. subsidiary of one of China’s largest real estate developers, is seeking a judgment of nearly $680,000 against RFR co-founders Aby Rosen and Michael Fuchs according to a new lawsuit filed in New York County Supreme Court.That sum stems from RFR’s failure to meet capital calls beginning in December 2019, for which Rosen and Fuchs “irrevocably, absolutely, and unconditionally guaranteed the payment and performance,” according to an affidavit from Vanke US managing director Kai-yan Lee.According to the joint venture agreement between Vanke and RFR, Vanke was required to fund 93 percent of each capital call while RFR would fund the remaining 7 percent — reflecting the partners’ respective stakes in the JV behind the 63-story, 94-unit development at 100 East 53rd Street.ADVERTISEMENTWhile Vanke has continued to fund its share, RFR has refused to do so — with unpaid contributions now totaling more than $590,000, plus over $88,000 in accrued interest, according to the suit. Most of the amount owed comes from the December 2019 capital call, for which RFR was supposed to pay $408,800 per Vanke’s calculations.Representatives for Vanke and RFR did not respond to requests for comment.Read moreVanke seeks to remove RFR from Midtown condo project Aby Rosen accuses Chinese partner of “power grab” after condo loan default 2019: Aby Rosen’s 100 East 53rd is banking on fresh momentum Aby RosenReal Estate LawsuitsRFR Holding
CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ Elkhart County officials have set up a coronavirus incident response team to make testing available for the Amish community.County health officials say they’ve received a number of questions from the Amish community, who have concerns about the pandemic and are expressing interest in testing options. WSBT reports that Beacon Health Group is working with the county to identify the areas of greatest need, such as Nappanee and Millersburg, where new mobile testing sites have been established.Detached as the Amish are from much of society, officials say it’s even more important to make sure the community understands the information and options. Google+ Facebook Twitter Coronavirus testing expanded for the Amish in Elkhart County Pinterest By Tommie Lee – April 24, 2020 0 386 Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleWhitmer extends stay at home order to May 15; lifts certain restrictionsNext articleIndiana lifting more virus limits on medical procedures Tommie Lee WhatsApp
The beloved trio known as Moon Hooch began innocently enough, with three music students busking in the subways of New York City. Those days are long in the past now, however, as their approach to dance music has cemented their place as musical innovators. With two horn players, Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen, alongside drummer James Muschler, the band creates an intoxicating sonic display with each and every performance.With two albums in the books, Moon Hooch is gearing up for their third-ever release, Red Sky. Due out on June 10th, Moon Hooch’s new release pushes the boundaries even farther, using electronic technology to add mystifying effects to their organic instrumentation. The new elements of Moon Hooch’s music are almost too innumerable to count: Electronic Wind Instruments, a “Reverse DJ” setup with saxophone sounds running through Ableton, vocal contributions from Wilbur, and more.Not only that, but Muschler travelled to India to immerse himself in percussion-oriented music. The band also champions meditation and environmental causes, and themes of consciousness – both self and environmental – run rampant throughout the release. At the heart of Moon Hooch is dance music, which is the cornerstone of Red Sky.With the new album due out in just a few short weeks, the band has offered us a first listen single premiere. Tune in to “Booty House” from Moon Hooch’s upcoming Red Sky release, below.Wilbur spoke to us about the creation of “Booty House,” saying, “This track was made in our old basement in Brooklyn after smoking a large spliff. It was a time where as a joke I would blast happy hardcore music and dance around the house. I guess that influenced this track.”You can pre-order Red Sky by following this link. Be sure to check out the band on the road throughout Europe and North America; full schedule below.Moon Hooch Tour DatesMay 27 – Norwich, UK – Norwich Arts FestivalMay 30 – Bristol, UK – The LanternMay 31 – Liverpool, UK – Arts ClubJune 1 – Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABCJune 2 – Bergen, Norway – Nattjazz FestivalJune 12 – Newport, UK – Isle of Wight FestivalJune 16 – Hammonton, NJ – BearfestJune 18 – Wurtsboro, NY – Destination MoonJune 24 – Londonderry, VT – Frendly GatheringJune 25 – Stratford, CT – Two Roads Brewing CompanyJune 27 – Edmonton, Canada – TD Edmonton International Jazz FestivalJune 28 – Vancouver, Canada – TD Vancouver International Jazz FestivalJune 29 – Victoria, Canada – TD Victoria International Jazz FestivalJune 30 – Montreal, Canada – Montreal Jazz FestivalJuly 2 – Lewes, UK – Love Supreme FestivalJuly 12 – Manchester, UK – Band on the WallAugust 11 – Darrington, WA – Summer Meltdown FestivalAugust 13 – Tamarack, ID – Huckleberry JamSeptember 17 – Liverpool, UK – Arts Club Loft
The Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO is in for a serious night of funk on Friday, October 7th. With nine-piece, Brooklyn-based funk powerhouse Turkuaz bringing their electric live performance, along with the old-school soul jazz, boogaloo stylings of The New Mastersounds under one roof, it’s going to be a straight Friday night getdown (get tickets here).In support of this tour, the two groups recently joined together to play each other’s music and record a massive collaboration for a two-track release. The Split 7″ EP features both bands performing a cover song from the other artist’s catalog, while also joining in on the collaboration. Today, the funk squads are pleased to debut their first track, along with a music video, which features Turkuaz covering The New Mastersounds’ song “On The Border”. More information here.Turkuaz’s Dave Brandwein and company deliver tightly arranged pieces, some serious vocal prowess, a dope horn section, and dance-driven uptempo funk with about as much energy as a nuclear reactor. There is a reason they are drawing the crowds across the nation. Their latest album, Digitonium, is a lesson in how to properly craft a song while bringing the groove.With 20+ years under their collective belts, The New Mastersounds are truly the masters of the soul jazz and boogaloo scenes. Between their 2015 studio album Made For Pleasure, and the recent release of their live recording The Nashville Sessions, Eddie Roberts, Pete Shand, Simon Allen, and Joe Tatton are bringing that old-school flavor with a touch of hot sauce to warm you up.This is going to be a funk throwdown that you will not want to miss! Get tickets and more info here.Enter To Win Tickets:
Jamiroquai is currently performing at Moon&Stars Festival in Locarno, Switzerland. Fresh off the heels of their Automaton release, Jamiroquai is currently in the midst of a huge tour. While some medical issues kept frontman Jay Kay from performing a few shows, the future funk band is officially back and soaring.Moon&Stars is currently sharing a live stream from their set, which you can view below.
Harvard University, the nation’s oldest institution of higher learning, will mark its 375th anniversary with a yearlong celebration highlighting its rich history and its dedication to teaching, learning, innovation, and research.Founded in 1636 as a small school at the edge of a New England wilderness to educate Puritan ministers, today Harvard College and the University’s graduate and professional Schools are filled with students and faculty from every corner of the planet addressing the world’s most pressing problems. Harvard continues to lead a path to the future with an enduring commitment to excellence in education and scholarship.Harvard University President Drew Faust will announce plans for the 375th anniversary celebration at the afternoon Commencement exercises on May 26. The announcement will coincide with the launch of a 375th anniversary website that will contain information about special events and initiatives connected to the yearlong celebration.“With this anniversary celebration we hope to both glance back and leap forward,” Faust said. “We plan to honor Harvard’s rich history and cherished traditions, the great minds that have taught here, and the great minds those teachers have inspired, and we will also focus our energy and attention on the questions that will define our present and our future. The breadth of events and special projects connected to this important milestone will unite alumni, students, faculty, and staff from across the campus and around the world and remind us that Harvard is truly one University with a shared commitment to shaping the future of knowledge.”The anniversary will officially begin with a Harvard-wide celebration in Tercentenary Theatre on the evening of Oct. 14, and will extend through the end of May 2012. The kick-off event will feature special House dinners followed by processions to Tercentenary Theatre, where an entertainment program will be supplemented with music and dancing. The event’s planning committee is coordinating additional activities. The celebration coincides with a major annual convening of volunteers for the Harvard Alumni Association, the Harvard College Fund, and admissions interviewers from around the world. As many as 700 volunteers are expected to be on campus to join the festivities.“We hope that our kick-off celebration in October will inspire the entire Harvard community to commemorate the vitality and richness of Harvard’s past and celebrate its vision for the future. We’re excited that this University-wide event will begin a series of events and activities designed to highlight the ideas and achievements that define us as one University,” said University Marshal Jackie O’Neill.Harvard’s Schools and institutes will also link major happenings during the year to the anniversary, highlighting their own momentum and marking this important University-wide milestone. Harvard Law School, for example, will officially open its new WCC building during the anniversary year.“The new building embodies the commitments to innovative teaching, enhancing students’ experiences, and promoting cross-fertilization among people with diverse backgrounds and approaches that inform our School and also anchor the University’s anniversary,” said Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School. “We are delighted to join our community in the celebration of Harvard’s history and in President Faust’s vision of ‘one University.’”In addition to a diverse array of programs beginning in the fall, including artistic and cultural events as well as lectures and discussions with Harvard scholars, the University will launch a series of special anniversary initiatives to commemorate the 375th celebration, including Harvard Stories, “Explore Harvard: The Yard and Beyond,” and a mobile tour of Harvard Yard.“Future of Knowledge” faculty panelsThroughout the academic year Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) will host a series of panel discussions with young Harvard faculty, those important voices of the next 25 years who will influence the future of knowledge at Harvard.“A commitment to intellectual discovery and great teaching and learning has been the cornerstone of Harvard’s success for 375 years,” said Michael D. Smith, dean of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “With these panels we hope to explore the advancement of knowledge for solutions and scholarship and examine how we continue to define a 21st century liberal arts education.”“For 375 years, Harvard College has been at the heart of the University,” said Evelynn Hammonds, dean of Harvard College. “This anniversary allows us both to celebrate the national and international contributions of Harvard graduates, and, looking ahead, to articulate again the important role that higher education plays in educating the next generation.”Alumni events across the countryIn addition to engaging in the festivities in Cambridge, alumni will have other opportunities to join the celebration. On the West Coast, “Harvard College ReConnect” — a program sponsored by the Harvard Alumni Association and the Harvard College Fund that features exciting faculty speakers and draws nearly 500 alumni — will recognize the 375th anniversary. The flagship “Saturday of Symposia” at the Harvard Club of Boston will do the same. And the Harvard Alumni Association will be reaching out to its network of 190 clubs worldwide and encouraging them to commemorate this historic occasion at their annual meetings, lectures, and other events in the course of the year.Harvard StoriesThrough Harvard Stories, members of the Harvard family will share their Harvard experiences with a worldwide audience. The brief video and audio vignettes will be collected from Harvard alumni, students, faculty, and staff who will discuss how their time at Harvard shaped their lives both at the University and beyond its gates.“Explore Harvard: The Yard and Beyond”“Explore Harvard: The Yard and Beyond” uses campus images from the Harvard Archives and photos taken by Harvard staff as well as accompanying text to document Harvard’s robust 375-year history. The book captures the spirit of Harvard past and present, documenting Harvard’s beginnings, rituals, architecture and landscape, educational environment, and community.Mobile tour of Harvard YardUsing their personal smartphone of choice, virtual and actual visitors to Harvard Yard will be able to explore the famed grassy enclosure with a mobile tour of Harvard Yard. Available as both a native iPhone and a mobile web application, the tour will highlight important landmarks in the Yard with a selection of photos and text, audio, and video.“From a robust series of faculty panels to sharing Harvard’s stories to a capturing the images and spirit of the University on the printed page, the 375th anniversary is a time for the Harvard community to come together to honor its past and imagine its future,” said Faust.
The Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning is sponsoring a program called the Faculty Academy to enable full-time Harvard faculty to get hands-on assistance with some of the techniques and concepts used in online learning experiences (such as those created through HarvardX) and in blended or flipped classrooms.Topics covered include: Video & visual teaching; online comprehension & assessment; and blended learning.Faculty Academy sessions will be offered once during January 2015 (on the 30th). Faculty are invited to sign up for a half day slot focused on one of three topics. There are six (6) total slots available, two per topic.Slots are available for individual faculty signup on a first-come, first-served basis, and we will maintain a wait list of two faculty per slot. Slots that have not been reserved by faculty one week prior to the date of the Academy will be made available to senior graduate students who are teaching in the following academic term.
English professor Barry McCrea discussed the relationship between language and modernity at the inaugural Keough Family Professorship of Irish Studies lecture Thursday in McKenna Hall. McCrea specializes in modern European and Irish literature. He released a book called “Minor Languages and the Modernist Imagination” this year. The abandonment of language and dialects in rural communities is one of modernity’s immediate effects, McCrea said at the lecture. “The mass adoption by rural population of standard languages as mediums for communication was a highly intimate form of globalization, one which produced a tangible change for how language itself was produced,” he said. McCrea said two main factors instigated the switch from dialects to regional language – people began to move to cities where a need for unity in communication existed, and a mass marginalization took place in the countryside as new languages began to replace the old. “Merely feeling or imagining that somewhere out there, there existed another language that might be more authentically their own freed writers up to experiment with the languages they knew, like English,” McCrea said. “They felt that English was borrowed and there was another language for them out there to be located.” This sense of disconnectedness to their native language inspired writers to use language in new ways, McCrea said. Although people long for language to feel truly theirs, he said it is a natural predicament that language will always frustrate this longing. Above all, adopting non-native languages offered the writers a new way to express their vision, McCrea said. “Choosing to write as a non-native in a particular language whose vernacular life has quickly disappeared was a way for both [Irish writer SeÃ¡n Ã] RÃordÃ¡in and [Italian writer Pier Paolo] Pasolini to express … a possible utopian vision of a language in which one might feel truly native to the world,” McCrea said. “A modernist ideal, really, of the new, perfect language for art.”
Over the next six months, the United States will hold military and humanitarian exercises in El Salvador, a country that President Barack Obama will visit in March, U.S. Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte announced on 25 February. The “variety of joint programs” that will be carried out “only demonstrates the strong ties that exist between the armed forces of El Salvador and the United States, and how working together can benefit the majority of Salvadorans,” the ambassador declared. Aponte made the announcement during a medical-services day held by military personnel of both countries for poor communities on Corral de Mulas Island, in the Bay of Jiquilisco, around one hundred kilometers southeast of San Salvador. El Salvador, considered a U.S. “strategic ally” in Central America, will be visited by Obama on 22 and 23 March, as part of a Latin American tour that will also include Chile and Brazil. Aponte also announced that officials from the United States, Guatemala, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras will come together in El Salvador to participate in a conference on “Peace-Keeping Operations of the Americas 2011.” In addition, teams from twenty-two countries will come together in El Salvador in June to participate in the 2011 Commando Forces Competition, an international competition in military tactics. A first humanitarian exercise titled “Beyond the Horizon” will begin next week in San Vicente, sixty kilometers east of San Salvador, where U.S. military personnel will rebuild infrastructure damaged by Tropical Depression Ida in November 2009. Aponte said that the U.S. hospital ship USS Comfort, which provided care to patients in the country in 2007 and 2009, is scheduled to dock at the Salvadoran port of Acajutla, 118 km west of the capital, in July. By Dialogo March 01, 2011