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Attention environmentalists: You can buy Bette Midler’s NYC 7,000 square foot home for just $50 million

What do you suppose the carbon footprint is from the size of her house? Doesn’t matter because we’re all going to “burn, drown or starve” due to climate change and President Trump’s policies.

From Daily Mail: Bette Midler’s lavish Fifth Avenue penthouse apartment has gone on sale for an astonishing $50 million after the much-loved singer and entertainer revealed she wanted to downsize now that her daughter has flown the nest.

The Wind Beneath My Wings songstress, 73, who is married to performance artist Martin von Haselberg, has lived in the Upper East Side triplex which boasts stunning views of the Central Park reservoir, since 1996.

With a more than generous 7,000 square feet of space and an additional 3,000 square feet of outdoor space, the property is among the best of its kind anywhere in New York City.

Midler’s daughter, Sophie von Haselberg, was schooled nearby but now in her thirties and pursuing a career in acting in LA, the singer explained it was time to let another family enjoy the property.

The asking price is $50 million, according to the listing broker, John Burger of Brown Harris Stevens, with $25,515 in monthly maintenance.

‘It’s time for another family to enjoy it,’ Ms. Midler told The New York Times, adding that she and Mr. von Haselberg ‘consider ourselves die-hard New Yorkers’ and plan to downsize into another Manhattan home.

After the units were initially bought, the interior was completely overhauled with an expansion by architect Frederick Fisher and Partners, the Brown Harris Stevens sales listing shows.

‘The ceilings were lower,’ Midler said of the property before it’s upgrade. ‘The corridors narrower, and many of the rooms were much smaller’. Today, she said, ‘it’s like a country house in the city.’

The triplex offers four bedrooms and six and a half baths, plus a home gym sizeable enough to be converted into a fifth bedroom. The penthouse has around 3,000 square feet of outdoor space that provide direct views of the Central Park reservoir.

See also:

Bette Midler tweets racist “blackground” comment photo of President Trump supporters
Hollyweird Hypocrite: Bette Midler on how she leads an eco-friendly lifestyle
Bette Midler gets ugly on Twitter after David Koch’s death

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Michael Bloomberg told “raunchy” jokes about women & told employee to abort her baby

From Daily Mail: He is the former mayor of New York City and a billionaire who considered running for president against Donald Trump.

But when it comes to his treatment of women, Michael Bloomberg has a far less admirable history, a new biography claims.

Bloomberg was once accused of telling a female employee to ‘kill it’ when she revealed she was pregnant, journalist Eleanor Randolph claims in a new biography, which also details sexist jokes and sayings which were so prolific, a joke compendium of them was passed around his employees.

In The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg: Innovation, Money, and Politics, released on September 10, she says he once joked that he preferred working 14-hour days than staying home and talking to his longtime partner Diana Taylor about ‘feelings’.

Staff at his financial information company Bloomberg LP even compiled a book of Bloombergian ‘wisdom’, which included the line: ‘If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they’d go to the library instead of to Bloomingdale’s’, the upscale department store.

Randolph writes that Bloomberg, 77, called his jokes ‘Borscht Belt standbys’ and his aides dismissed them as ‘blunders’.

They appear to have made little difference to him accumulating a fortune valued by Forbes at $55.2 billion, making him the ninth richest person in the world.In a statement to DailyMail.com, a Bloomberg spokesperson said: ‘People should buy the book and read it for themselves to see why historian Doris Kearns Goodwin calls it a “first rate study of leadership in business, politics and philanthropy.”‘

‘As stated in the book, these charges were either denied or dismissed many years ago,’ the spokesperson added.

Bloomberg himself is so keen on the book, he is sending it to friends, urging them to read it, Axios reported Tuesday.

Bloomberg was initially best known for the Bloomberg Terminal software for traders which revolutionized Wall Street by giving users much faster information – the annual subscription is now $24,000 a year per unit.

Bloomberg LP has expanded to include a news wire service, a TV channel and a philanthropic arm which has so far given away more than $8billion of his fortune.

Since then Bloomberg has become New York mayor, overturned the city’s term limits law to hold the post for a third term, switched from Republican to Democrat, considered and ruled out running for the presidency more than once, and become his adopted party’s biggest single donor with $120million in cash – as well as the country’s biggest single funder of anti-gun campaigns.

He has collected homes in New York City, Westchester County, the Hamptons, London and the Bahamas, amassed an assortment of private jets and helicopters, and an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth.

He opposed Donald Trump’s 2016 election but still found time to call him and offer blunt advice when he won.

Read the whole story here.

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Union backing de Blasio 2020 bid scores major City Hall favor

From NY Post: Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered the Department of City Planning to study mandatory permitting for all new hotels across the city, an unprecedented move that would give the politically powerful Hotel Trades Council tremendous leverage.

The move comes as de Blasio banks on that union’s support for his quixotic presidential bid, igniting a new round of criticism from good-government groups over pay-to-play behavior from a City Hall badly tarnished by a string of campaign finance scandals.

“At a minimum, it creates the appearance of impropriety and illegality,” said Susan Lerner, the head of good government group Common Cause. “The mayor keeps setting up situations that beg for a pay-to-play interpretation.”

Despite the appearances, de Blasio denied any impropriety. “That’s just inaccurate in every way,” he told NY1’s Errol Louis Monday night.

Special permitting would require any developer seeking to build a new hotel to go through an exhaustive review process, including community board recommendations and City Council approval, before they could start construction, even if the land is already zoned for commercial and hotel uses.

Only hotels opened in recently rezoned neighborhoods like Midtown East or in manufacturing areas are currently covered by such a requirement.

“This is a political decision by the mayor, not a land-use decision,” said Kenneth Fischer, a former Brooklyn councilman and land-use expert.

“That doesn’t mean that it’s a quid pro quo,” he added. “[De Blasio] believes that union membership for hotel workers is a path to the middle class and their political and ideological interests line up on this issue.”

City Planning officials confirmed Monday that the administration requested the study based on conversations that began around April — just a month before de Blasio launched his flailing presidential campaign. They added there is no firm deadline for the study to be finished.

Crain’s New York Business first reported the news.

De Blasio narrowly avoided state and federal indictment in 2017 for trading favors with donors to a nonprofit controlled by his allies, the Campaign for One New York.

And campaign finance watchdogs have filed complaints with the Federal Elections Commission over de Blasio’s use of loosely regulated political groups to help pay for his White House run.

“He keeps taking the wrong lessons from these reprimands – that he can get away with things, rather than stop doing them,” Lerner added. “It’s deeply upsetting and completely objectionable.”

City Hall offered a different spin on the turn of events. “This is not new — it’s been in discussion for years,” said de Blasio spokeswoman Jane Meyer. “There’s nothing more to it.”

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Illegal aliens now eligible for NYC’s affordable housing lotteries

According to the Coalition for the Homeless, “homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression.”

From their stats: “In June 2019, there were 60,849 homeless people, including 14,589 homeless families with 21,295 homeless children, sleeping each night in the New York City municipal shelter system. Families make up nearly three-quarters of the homeless shelter population.”

Another demorat-run city putting the needs of illegal aliens above those of their own U.S. citizens.

From NY Post: Illegal immigrants aliens will be able to jump into New York City’s highly competitive lotteries for affordable housing as part of broader rules changes announced by City Hall on Wednesday meant to expand eligibility.

The new rules will allow applicants to provide proof they pay their rent on time instead of submitting for a formal credit check, which required prospective tenants to put down their Social Security or taxpayer identification numbers — documents only provided to citizens and naturalized citizens.

“For too long, families without access to credit have faced barriers to the affordable housing they need,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a statement. “By allowing New Yorkers to submit rental history instead of credit checks, we are creating a fairer system for all New Yorkers.”

Under the new rules, tenants can bypass the credit check requirement by providing evidence they are current on a year’s worth of rent.

Officials defended the rule change by claiming that credit check requirements often adversely impact African American and Latino applicants — but acknowledged the change also would allow undocumented immigrants illegal aliens to apply.

“These new changes are a step towards promoting greater racial equity in our housing market and greater access to affordable housing, regardless of immigration status,” said Bitta Mostofi, who runs the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

A top de Blasio critic on the City Council quickly slammed the idea. “It’s just the latest idiotic idea to come out of this administration,” said Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Queens). “The mayor is setting up people to fail and is doing a disservice to New Yorkers who desperately need affordable housing.”

Additionally, the city’s housing agencies are dropping the charges for a credit check to $20 to comply with the state’s new rent laws. And City Hall is loosening the rules on household size to allow more people to cram into smaller apartments.

“By addressing the challenges many low-income New Yorkers face in the rental application process, we are creating more options for those in need of an affordable home,” said Eric Enderlin, president of the city’s Housing Development Corp.

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Police union president: “NYC is slowly crumbling”

The union blames the police commissioner. Yet plenty of blame to go around, starting with anti-cop mayor Bill de Blasio.

From NY Post: The fatal shooting at a Brooklyn block party overnight — just steps away from where cops were doused with water last weekend — is proof the city is “slowly crumbling,” the Sergeants Benevolent Association said Sunday.

In a scathing email sent out to union members, SBA President Ed Mullins blamed Police Commissioner James O’Neill for the state of the city and called his removal.

“None of it is funny, 12 people were shot, someone is dead, and cops were hit with water. NYC is slowly crumbling. Don’t say you weren’t warned. Restore the NYPD – REMOVE O’NEILL!” Mullins wrote.

The email included one sergeant’s account of the aftermath of the shooting at the annual “Old Timers Day” party, which they described as “nothing short of a WAR ZONE” with hundreds of people refusing to listen to police.

The sergeant said gun violence was quite common at the event attended by thousands — despite Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s Tweet calling it a “peaceful neighborhood event.”

But this year was “one of the craziest incidents” with about 40 people arrested for disorderly conduct and obstruction, according to the sergeant.

The crowd of about 500, who were hanging out drinking and smoking weed after the shooting, were “extremely agitated” police were in a courtyard at New Lots and Mother Gaston Boulevard, according to the sergeant.

“People were yelling vulgar and vile things at all the Cops, such as WE WISH YOU WOULD DIE and a litany of other HORRIFIC TERMS,” the email read.

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NYPD won’t arrest students for low-level offenses in schools

No actions for consequences under demorat utopia.

From NY Post: Police will stop arresting or summonsing Big Apple students “whenever possible” for a host of crimes — such as boozing, smoking pot and vandalism — in city schools, as part of a sweeping change to NYPD policy set to be announced Thursday, according to a report.

Rowdy pupils will also skate on spitting, harassment, trespassing and other “low-level offenses” as long as school administrators can “safely” handle the incidents, according to a copy of the proposal obtained by Chalkbeat.

“The welfare of these students should be the city’s top priority,” said Maria Henderson, a spokeswoman for City Council Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger. “We should be focused on supporting them and not punitive disciplinary measures.”

The new policy is part of a larger shift by the de Blasio administration toward looking the other way when students act out.

Hizzoner’s Department of Education issued a directive in 2018 to give students “warning cards” — rather than tickets or handcuffs — for smoking pot in schools.

That led to a precipitous decline in school marijuana summonses — but didn’t stem the tide of drug use at schools such as Forest Hills High School, where principal Ben Sherman was just ousted for letting drug-use run rampant there.

City Hall did not immediately provide a comment.

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Bill de Blasio plans expansion of no-bail program for teens suspected of violent crimes

From NY Post: Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday defended his plan to triple the number of teens who are freed from city jails without bail on violent charges including armed robbery and assault.

“We’re ensuring there are real alternatives to incarceration particularly for our young New Yorkers,” the mayor said at an unrelated press conference, responding to a question about The Post’s front page story revealing the no-bail expansion.

“We need to focus on getting them on the right track. We need to support them. We need to make sure they’re being redeemed — not just locked up,” he said.

New guidelines from the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice will also increase the number of adults who qualify for de Blasio’s no-bail Supervised Release Program by boosting the eligibility age from 17 to 19. The program will be broadened to include first- and second-degree robbery, assault and burglary. The changes go into effect on Saturday.

Hizzoner tried to downplay the inclusion of the more serious charges claiming, “We’re talking about folks who have done offenses, lesser offenses.”

He said accused subway saboteur Isaiah Thompson, 23, who is suspected of causing nearly 1,000 train delays by pulling the e-brake and other stunts, is a “different kind of case.”

“I don’t think we should make our laws and rules based on the real exception cases,” he said.

Thompson’s been arrested 17 times since 2017, according to police, yet remained free to pull the pranks until he was arraigned earlier this month and held on $5,000 cash bail.

The mayor said his reforms are not at odds with a recent opinion piece by his police commissioner James O’Neill who wrote that state law doesn’t allow judges to consider the “dangerousness” of a defendant when determining whether to set bail. “That’s something Albany still should do. I agree with the police commissioner on that– that needs to be done,’ he said.

The mayor also dismissed concerns that judges, who are supposed to have discretion for granting entry to the Supervised Release Program, will feel pressure to follow the guidelines to save their jobs. “Oh no, no — judges are going to make their own decisions. We’re providing them an option they’re going to decide what makes sense,” de Blasio pledged.

The Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary reviews and recommends candidates for the bench.

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NYC’s murder rate rises 55% and rapes up 21% so far in 2019

From Daily Mail: New York City’s murder rate has risen 55 percent in 2019 so far, according to NYPD statistics.

Numbers show that, from the start of 2019 through Sunday, there have been 48 grisly murders in New York City, compared to just 31 in the same seven-week period in 2018.

However, overall crime in the Big Apple is down eight percent.

A majority of those killings have taken place in Brooklyn North, where 15 murders have been recorded so far this year. By this time last year there were a total of three murders in all 10 precincts in that area, marking a 400 percent increase, according to the New York Daily News.

The number of murders has also increased in northern Queens, where there have been four killings recorded so far. At this time last year, there were none.

The number of shootings in general are on the rise as well. Nonfatal shootings have increased by 69 percent as 22 people have been shot this year, compared to just 13 last year.

The shocking number defies the progress of 2018, where 289 people were murdered, a one percent decrease from 292 people in 2017. 2018 also saw shooting incidents down a total of four percent.

To add to the wave of crime, reports of rape have also risen. There have been 239 reported rapes around the city, 21 percent more than the 198 reported last year in the seven-week time frame.

Other categories of crime such as robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto are down six percent and 14 percent so far in 2019.

Cops believe the #MeToo movement has empowered more victims to come forward and report the assaults.
The New York Police Department said they’re working on tackling the violent crime.

‘The NYPD will use these proven tactics to address any temporary upticks so that every New Yorker – regardless of zip code – can live in safety,’ Deputy commissioner Phillip Walzak said to the outlet.

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De Blasio touts $100M plan to provide “free” healthcare for all NYC residents (including illegal aliens)

Proggies sure do love giving away your hard-earned dollars to illegal aliens.

From NY Post: The 600,000 New Yorkers who don’t have any type of health coverage will be getting access to medical care under a program being announced Tuesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Previewing the plan on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, the mayor said it would cost about $100 million at full scale and ensure that all residents — including illegal immigrants — can see a doctor when they need to.

“This has never been done before in this country in this kind of way,” de Blasio said. “We are going to guarantee health care for New Yorkers who need it.”

De Blasio said he believes the program will pay for itself because fewer residents would have to rely on costly emergency room visits to get treatment. “We’re already paying an exorbitant amount to provide health care in the wrong way — and to wait until people are really sick,” de Blasio said.

He also said the program known as “NYC Care” is going to “revolutionize” health care because “people now, they are going to the emergency room — that is the default health care provider for so many people in this country. It is the worst [kind] of health care.

Besides primary care, NYC Care will include maternity care, mental health care and other health services.

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By design: Fewer NYC high schoolers identify as heterosexual, some without a defined sexual orientation

With the creation of multiple genders and a concept that gender/sexual orientation is “fluid,” it’s no wonder kids are more confused than ever.

From NY Post: The number of Big Apple high-school students identifying solely as heterosexual has plummeted as more teens describe themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or without a defined sexual orientation, a new survey reveals.

Nearly one in four teens, 23.6 percent, now identify in categories other than straight — the highest level ever recorded, the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey has found.

The biennial school-based surveys are conducted by the city Health Department in concert with the federal Centers for Disease Control.

Surveyed students were asked, “Which of the following best describes you?”

More than three in four, 76.4 percent, said they were “heterosexual (straight),” 3.1 percent said “gay or lesbian,” 7.6 percent said “bisexual,” 3.8 percent said “not sure” and 9.1 percent said none of the choices accurately describes them.

The 2017 study marked the first time the last option was provided.

But it is clear that more students are identifying as homosexual or sexually fluid.

In the 2015 survey, 85 percent of student respondents identified as straight and 15 percent as gay, lesbian, bisexual or not sure. In 2007, 92 percent of students identified as straight and only 8 percent said they were lesbian, gay, bisexual or not sure.

One lawmaker said the data more accurately reflect the sexual orientation of young people as teens today more honestly describe their identity amid a lessening of discrimination.

“The stigma of being LGBTQ is gone,” said Queens Councilman Daniel Dromm, a former public-school teacher who is openly gay. “I don’t think it matters to young people. The students are more open than in my generation.”

“They are being more honest, and it’s a good thing that they’re being more honest.”

Dromm also noted that more young people are more fluid about their sexuality and are saying, “Don’t put me in a box.”

He said the results reminded him of the landmark 1948 sexual-behavior study by zoologist Alfred Kinsey and others that established the Kinsey Scale to rate people’s sexual orientation from exclusively straight to exclusively gay with gradations in between.

The survey’s assessment, Dromm said, will enable the city to better provide medical services and programs for LGBTQ youth.

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