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A supermodel’s townhouse is up for grabs
Karlie Kloss, the supermodel/entrepreneur who’s married to the other Kushner, has listed a relatively modest West Village townhouse for $2.75 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. Kloss bought the home on Charles Street in 2012 as her career was beginning to take off (is there such a thing as a starter townhouse?), but “has since moved on,” per the WSJ. She and husband Joshua Kushner, who co-founded the healthcare platform Oscar, also sold a Nolita apartment earlier this year.
Kloss’s solo pad is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom spread with an open living room, eat-in kitchen, a den, a balcony off the master bedroom, and tons of closet space. Nick Gavin of Compass has the listing.
Major delays in rent overcharge investigations
In theory, the new rent laws passed earlier this year favor tenants who are used to be screwed over by landlords. In practice, however, getting restitution for illegal behavior—harassment, overcharges, and the like—is not an easy process.
The City reports that the state’s Division of Homes and Community Renewal, which oversees rent-regulated apartments in the five boroughs, is seriously backed up when it comes to investigating and closing cases where tenants have alleged being overcharged on their rent. From the City:
State stats indicate it takes DHCR’s Office of Rent Administration an average of 24 months just to get overcharge cases on rent-regulated apartments assigned to an examiner.
After that, it can take another six to nine months to process the case, leaving some tenants waiting for up to three years waiting for a response — by which point many have given up the fight.
The reasons for these delays aren’t surprising; it comes down to “a lack of funding and political will,” according to the City. And a bill from the New York City Council requiring landlords to provide four years of rental history for their units is likely to make the problem worse. (If you suspect you’ve been overcharged for your rent-stabilized apartment, the Met Council on Housing has a guide explaining what to do.)
And in other news…
- The gigantic Friends billboard on Broadway advertising a nostalgia-fueled pop-up dedicated to the show has been slapped with a fine from the Department of Buildings for being too big.
- A runway designer’s “whimsical” Soho home, with Japanese tatmi room and stripper pole included, is asking $8.8 million.
- “The wafting scent of animal poop turned an $11,000-a-month Manhattan pad into a virtual pet-store toilet,” apparently.
- The first New York City from the ultra-fancy Pendry chain, which is opening in the Manhattan West megaproject, has topped out; it’s designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
- Staten Island City Council member Joe Borelli has pitched the borough as the location for President Trump’s presidential library. It’s the only borough where a majority of residents—57 percent—voted for Trump.
- It’s only September 30, but the Christmas blitz has already started with a peek at what Macy’s is doing for its holiday windows this year.
- And finally, it’s starting to feel like fall—here’s a shot for all the leaf-peepers out there: