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Nobody wants to buy Trump’s childhood home

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Plus, what’s happening with NYC’s congestion pricing plan—and more intel in today’s New York Minute news roundup

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Trump’s childhood home is off the market, again

The modest Jamaica Estates house that President Donald Trump called home as a small child is off the auction block indefinitely. According to the New York Post, “no one who is interested has enough dough to make a bid,” and Paramount Realty USA, the firm handling the sale, is giving interested parties more time to raise funds.

So who are those interested parties? Per the Post, one person has launched a GoFundMe campaign, seeking $5 million to buy the place, and then tear it down. (The campaign, which began nearly two months ago, has no donations yet.) Others have reportedly expressed interest in creating a museum, or putting the home to some sort of positive use.

Trump’s parents, Fred and Mary, built the home in 1940 and lived there for around 10 years. In 2016, the home gained attention when a former owner, seeking to capitalize on the interest surrounding Trump’s presidential candidacy, put it on the market for $1.65 million. Interest spiked after the 2016 presidential election, and the home eventually sold to a Chinese investor for $2.1 million. It returned to the market earlier this year for close to $3 million, but no one bit, hence the auction—which was due to end last week.

And in other news…

  • The state’s deadline for coming up with a congestion pricing plan is a little more than a year away, and the board that will decide the plan’s fate has yet to be assembled.
  • The three defendants in the East Village gas explosion trial were found guilty of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for their role in the 2015 blast, which killed two people.
  • The developers and architects behind a Long Island City luxury rental are being sued for allegedly “openly ignor[ing] their legal obligations” in providing accessible accommodations for residents.
  • On Long Island, there’s “widespread separate and unequal treatment of minority potential homebuyers and minority communities,” according to a massive Newsday investigation.
  • A sweet look at some of the NYC shops selling extremely analog items, such as fancy pencils and old-timey cash registers.
  • The fight over what should be done with the old Rockaway Beach Rail Line in Queens—a park or a transit line—rages on.
  • What does the future hold for Rikers Island? (The island itself, not the jail complex.)
  • And finally, no one knows why the pool outside of 1251 Sixth Avenue was dyed green on Friday afternoon (a prank, apparently), but Gothamist has some funny guesses.