Category: US News

Bitch, we’re the co-op board

25 July, 2016 (09:00) | Apartments, Co-ops, Condominiums, Harperley Hall, kayfabe, Law, Louise Ciccone, New York City, US News | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   I always thought I should be treated like a star. – Madonna Ciccone Blogs must be entertaining or they are nothing, and few things can be more entertaining than mocking a self-important bloviator playing the do-you-know-who-i-am card, and who better to play the card than the original, the ur-copycat […]

Are greatly exaggerated

20 May, 2016 (09:09) | Apartments, California, Conferences, Housing, Innovations, Personal, Rental, US News |

By: David A. Smith   It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. A – Mark Twain   Can‘t be a Genie without a turban, can you?   Explaining the rules to the three Visionaries: Red (Carol Ornelas, Visionary […]

Strung up on the scaffold: Part 8, The same gloomy thing for forty years

15 April, 2016 (09:30) | Apartments, Cities, Columbia, Construction, Ecosystem, Homelessness, Housing, Liability, New York City, Precautionary principle, Regulation, scaffolding, struldbrug buildings, tort law, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.]   I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. – Gilda […]

Strung up on the scaffold: Part 7, Great for criminals as a place to hide

14 April, 2016 (10:21) | Apartments, Cities, Columbia, Construction, Ecosystem, Homelessness, Housing, Liability, New York City, Precautionary principle, Regulation, scaffolding, struldbrug buildings, tort law, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   People feel that the EU is heading in a direction that they never signed up to. They resent the interference in our national life by what they see as unnecessary rules […]

Strung up on the scaffold: Part 6, Liable for any gravity-related accident

13 April, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Cities, Columbia, Construction, Ecosystem, Homelessness, Housing, Liability, New York City, Precautionary principle, Regulation, scaffolding, struldbrug buildings, tort law, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.]   Dr. Robert Sobel, Associate Professor of History at Hofstra, says that the British created a civil-service job in 1903 calling for a man to stand on the Cliffs of Dover with a spyglass.  […]