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World’s Top 20 Richest Real Estate Tycoons in 2016

  Despite the uncertainty roiling global financial markets, the real estate barons of the world are doing relatively well in 2016. Twenty-two people made the FORBES Billionaires List for the first time this year thanks to their real estate holdings, bringing the total number of the property-rich on the Forbes list to a whopping 184. The majority of these uber-wealthy folks (we’re counting those who owe …

Inside the real-life panic rooms of the rich and famou...

Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart huddled inside a security chamber in the 2002 film, Panic Room, and the concept has sparked massive demand among wealthy homeowners looking to hide valuables and prepare a secure location for themselves in case of a break-in or emergency. Creative Home Engineering, a custom manufacturer based in Gilbert, Ariz., offers hidden doors to secret passages, safe houses for security …

Meg Ryan lists stunning Soho loft for $11M

The actress has just listed a dreamy apartment she owns at 84 Mercer Street for $10.9 million, reports the Wall Street Journal. Recently featured in Architectural Digest’s October issue, the apartment is the ninth home Ryan has renovated. According to her broker, Barbara Hochhauser of the Corcoran Group, she has decided to sell because she is looking for another project. The apartment is 4,100 square feet in …

There’s a Wire Above Manhattan

Along with everything else in New York City, the eruv isn’t cheap. It costs a group of Orthodox synagogues $100,000 a year to maintain the wires, which are inspected by a rabbi every Thursday before dawn to confirm they are all still attached. While wires do occasionally fall, the overall eruv has survived events such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Hurricane Sandy. When eruv …

Google Maps: Hyperlapse Around the World

In this video spotted by Sploid, viewers pay visits to Rome, Verona, Venice, Paris, London, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, New York, Greenland, Mount Everest, and Kyoto. Each location transitions seamlessly into the next, thanks to the sheer amount of stills Archondis used. It took him two days to capture the screen grabs, and two weeks of post-production to …

A look back at what it was like to ride the NYC subway...

The New York Transit Museum Archives recently rereleased a 1949 film about daily subway operations and it is a must see for public transit buffs. Check out the video.

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What Happens to the Losing Team’s Championship S...

  World Vision That’s a lot of misprinted shirts that can’t hit store shelves, and seem like fine candidates for the incinerator instead. And for a long time, that’s where they went, with all four major American pro sports leagues—MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL—requiring the destruction of incorrect post-season apparel. Fortunately, most of the leagues changed the way they do things and started donating …

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The Dakota Inside the very exclusive co-op, inextricab...

The fifth installment of LLNYC’s Board Approved series, which looks at the residents of Manhattan’s most prestigious apartment buildings, takes you inside the Dakota, one of the most celebrated and recognizable residential buildings in New York City. The New York Times even went as far as to dub the Dakota, “one of the most perfect apartment houses in the world” in 1884, the year …

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