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Townhouses dominated Brooklyn luxury contracts — again

first_img Message* 330 Sackett Street and 72 Hicks Street (Compass, iStock)A Carroll Gardens townhouse asking $6.5 million was the largest luxury contract inked in Brooklyn last week.It was one of 23 luxury contracts signed last week, according to Compass’ report on deals for homes asking $2 million or more. Once again, townhouses dominated, with 14 contracts signed for larger homes and nine for condo units. The total sales volume was $68.5 million.The week before had similar numbers, with 24 contracts signed for a total sales volume of $69.5 million.The median sales price for all contracts was $2.5 million. The average listing discount from first to final ask was 4 percent, and the average number of days on market was 216.Read moreManhattan Beach townhouse tops Brooklyn’s luxury marketFinancier lists Brooklyn Heights townhouse for $18MVince Viola’s $25.5M mansion sale breaks Brooklyn record Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Full Name* The most expensive contract was for a 20-foot wide home at 330 Sackett Street in Carroll Gardens. The four-bedroom townhouse spans 4,260 square feet with a private garage, a basement rec room, a rear garden and rooftop terrace.The second priciest deal was for 1820s Brooklyn Heights townhouse at 72 Hicks Street, last asking $5.75 million. The six-bedroom home is 25 feet wide and covers 3,400 square feet with a media room, two wood-burning fireplaces, two kitchens and a landscaped garden outfitted with a pond and cherry blossom tree.Brooklyn Heights recently celebrated a huge milestone for the borough’s residential real estate market, with billionaire Vincent Viola selling his sprawling townhouse at 8 Montague Terrace for $25.5 million. That made it the most expensive home sold not just in the neighborhood, but in the entire borough.Contact the author Tags brooklynLuxury Real EstateResidential Real Estatetownhouse marketlast_img read more

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Norm Lewis & Sierra Boggess to Headline Phantom on Broadway

first_img from $29.00 Related Shows Tony nominee Norm Lewis is set to make history when he takes on the title role in The Phantom of the Opera, becoming the first African-American actor to play the role on Broadway. Lewis will star opposite Sierra Boggess, in her return to the New York production. The two stars, who previously played underwater father and daughter in The Little Mermaid on Broadway, will both begin performances on May 12, replacing Hugh Panaro and Mary Michael Patterson, respectively.Lewis has named The Phantom as his dream role for years. “That’s one of my roles that I always wanted to play,” Lewis told Broadway.com’s Paul Wontorek on Show People, “and it’s really now to set a precedent. It doesn’t even have to be me, but there’s never been an African American to play that role except Robert Guillaume, but never one on Broadway.” [In 1990, Tony nominee Guillaume played the role when he succeeded original star Michael Crawford in the L.A. production.] “Out of 25 years [on Broadway], I’d love to see an African American play that.””I am so honored and giddy with excitement to bring Christine to life again opposite my dearest Norm,” said Boggess, who was recently praised by Phantom composer Andrew Lloyd Webber as “the best Christine.” Boggess added, “This is a moment in time I don’t want to miss!” When asked about playing The Phantom opposite his former onstage daughter, Lewis told Broadway.com, “I’m not going to say the word, but it would add an extra element to that role.”Lewis, who received a Tony nomination for Porgy and Bess, has also appeared on Broadway in Miss Saigon, The Who’s Tommy, Chicago, Side Show, The Wild Party, Amour, Les Miserables, Sondheim on Sondheim and The Little Mermaid. His film and TV credits include Scandal, All My Children and Les Miserables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary. Boggess won the 2013 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Replacement for playing Christine on Broadway, a role she previously played in Las Vegas and in both the London and New York 25th anniversary productions of the show. She also originated the role in Phantom’s London sequel Love Never Dies, for which she received an Oliver Award nomination. She made her Broadway debut as Ariel in The Little Mermaid (for which she won a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award). Her credits also included Master Class on Broadway and Les Miserables in the West End.The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway’s longest-running show, continues its record-breaking run at the Majestic Theatre. Along with Panaro and Patterson, Phantom currently stars Jeremy Hays as Raoul, Laird Mackintosh as Monsieur Andre, Tim Jerome as Monsieur Firmin, Michele McConnell as Carlotta, Ellen Harvey as Madame Giry, Christian Sebek as Piangi and Deanna Doyle as Meg Giry. Sierra Boggess The Phantom of the Operacenter_img Star Files Norm Lewis View Commentslast_img read more

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Flee fleas

first_imgBy Nancy C. Hinkleand DanRahnUniversity of GeorgiaWhen cat fleas leave their cocoons, they have a week to 10 daysto find a host animal or die. So when they find one, they don’tleave on their own. Feeding on blood, they keep on making troubleand flea babies until they’re kicked out or killed.And cat fleas aren’t just for cats. These common fleas get theirblood meals from people, too, and many other mammals — dogs,raccoons, skunks, even birds. Getting room and board on so manyhosts makes them tenacious pests of both pets and their homes.Their feeding isn’t fun for the hosts. Cat fleas’ bites itch, andpets scratch and bite themselves repeatedly. Puppies and kittenswith lots of fleas can get anemic and even die.Cat fleas don’t carry many diseases. But they can transmit theagents that cause typhus and cat scratch disease. They’reintermediate hosts for dog tapeworms, too, which can affect smallchildren as well as dogs and cats.Flea allergy dermatitisMany dogs and some cats develop flea allergy dermatitis. Forthem, the bites trigger a cascade of symptoms in a misery ofexcessive grooming, hair loss and bare skin with weeping soresthat often lead to secondary infections. And the best way totreat it is to get rid of the fleas.Cat fleas are small, dark, reddish brown, wingless insects withbodies that are flattened side-to-side. They’re covered withbackward-pointing spines that make them hard to pull from a pet’scoat. And their long hind legs are well adapted for jumping.Female fleas mate and start laying eggs within two days.Averaging one an hour, they can lay hundreds of eggs in theseveral weeks they live. And when conditions are right, it takesonly a couple of weeks for the eggs to become adults.Only adults biteThe only good news is that only adult fleas are parasitic. Allother life stages develop off the host.The eggs, about a millimeter long, hatch in two days, or one withideal temperatures. The white, eyeless, legless larvae seldomtravel far, feeding on flea feces, dry blood and other thingsthat collect where pets live. The larvae develop in 10 days to amonth, then spin silk cocoons that look like little dirt clods orlint balls.In the cocoons, the larvae change into pupae and then adults inabout four days. And when the time is right — from less than aday to more than a year — the adult breaks out in itslife-or-death search for a host.Since they have to have blood to survive, treating host animalsis the best way to kill fleas.Flea bustersSeveral products do this well. Many contain pyrethrins, which aresafe and effective but don’t provide residual control. Otherover-the-counter compounds include spot-on permethrin products,which are limited to dogs and can be lethal to cats.Veterinarians can prescribe products that give weeks of controlwith one application. These are applied in small amounts on theback of the pet’s neck and spread over its body in skin oils.Other products come as sprays. These kill fleas on the pet withina few hours and then keep working for weeks.Once pets have been treated, it will take a while for the fleasaround them to die off. As they develop, fleas keep hopping ontothe pet, which keeps “harvesting” them from surrounding areasuntil they’ve been killed.Insect growth regulators can break the flea life cycle. Thesecompounds don’t kill adult fleas. But they do prevent eggs andlarvae from completing their development. So any fleas broughtinto the area won’t build up a sustaining population.Places where pets hang out gather flea eggs and larval food. Sokeep these areas clean and vacuumed, and treat them to preventinfestations and protect pets and people.last_img read more

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CFPB signals changes coming to agency’s basic functions

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Signaling yet another Trump Administration effort to remake the CFPB, the agency Wednesday announced that in the coming weeks, it will solicit public comment on agency enforcement, supervision, rulemaking, market monitoring, and education activities.The Trump Administration had been highly critical of the agency as it was run by former Director Richard Cordray, contending that Cordray was overly-aggressive. The agency, currently run by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, is expected to take a much less aggressive approach to enforcement.For instance, the agency on Tuesday announced it might revise the CFPB’s controversial payday lending rules.On Wednesday, the agency said it will be calling for “evidence to ensure the Bureau is fulfilling its proper and appropriate functions to best protect consumers.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Nussle, Donovan named top lobbyists

first_img continue reading » CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle and Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan were named “Top Lobbyists” in 2020 by The Hill.“In a busy and challenging year for the influence world, these are the people who wielded their clout and knowledge most effectively,” according to the publication.The Hill notes that despite the pandemic and associated economic effects, Nussle and Donovan are among key players members turn to ensure their voices are heard in the nations capital.Both received the same honor in 2019 and 2018 by The Hill. Nussle joined CUNA in September 2014 and has been featured on the list each year since then. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

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Offices: Drawing the shortage straw

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