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    Jimmy McMillan

    Fringe gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan, who rose to fame with his populist battle cry “The rent is too damn high,” now has another battle on his hands. McMillan is facing eviction proceedings from an East Village landlord who claims he is illegally using a rent-stabilized St. Mark’s Place apartment as a secondary residence.

    Landlord Lisco Holdings LLC hit McMillan, founder of a political party called the Rent Is Too Damn High, with an eviction notice ordering him out of his $872 per month rent-stabilized apartment. [more]

  • Jimmy McMillan

    With the city’s mayoral race still nearly two years off, you probably thought you wouldn’t be hearing too much from the “Rent Is 2 Damn High” impresario Jimmy McMillan. Alas, just as national politics took the spotlight, the New York Observer reported McMillan filed suit against the New York State Board of Elections and accused its officials of being biased against his party by repeatedly trying to keep the word “damn” off the ballot. [more]

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  • From left: St. Mark's Bookshop, a Brooklyn bodega, Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz, Stuy Town and Jimmy McMillan

    Some of the most powerless New Yorkers are tenants of buildings in limbo because of a recent sale or foreclosure. Some work fruitlessly to disrupt the free market system real estate developers fancy. Either way, the Village Voice released its list of the “100 Most Powerless New Yorkers,” and considering the city’s relationship with the real estate industry, its little surprise that real estate-related stories have a significant presence on the list. [more]

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  • Jimmy McMillan, the “Rent is Too Damn High” former gubernatorial candidate, is being kicked out of his rent-controlled apartment on St. Marks Place in the East Village, the New York Post reported. McMillan claims he pays $872.96 per month for the apartment, which he moved into in the late 1970s.

    “I’ve been here since 1977, and they want more money!” McMillan said. “It’s about ‘My Rent is Too Damn Low.'”

    McMillan is now mounting a legal battle to keep the apartment.

    “Maybe the landlord doesn’t know, but he can’t bulldog me because I know the law,” McMillan said. “I told [my attorney] to file a counter-claim for $70,000.”
    The case is now pending in Housing Court. … [more]

  • Lest we begin to forget about Jimmy McMillan, the gloved, “Rent Is Too Damn High Party” crusader, filmmaker Aaron Fisher-Cohen has just released the trailer for his upcoming documentary about the aspiring politician, entitled “DAMN!” The feature-length film, which, according to the Observer, will play Aug. 12 through 19 at Cinema Village on East 12th Street, is “about what happens to someone who sees success overnight in the viral age,” Fisher-Cohen said. McMillan told The Real Deal earlier this year that he didn’t believe his 15 minutes of fame were up yet. Looks like he was right. [NYO][more]

  • It was around 6:30 p.m. on a Friday at The Real Deal’s Chelsea headquarters, and while everyone was still blogging away on the fourth floor, Jimmy McMillan, of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party, was apparently milling around on the street below when publisher Amir Korangy recognized his now-iconic visage and kidnapped — er, asked, him to come upstairs to meet the staff. An obliging McMillan not only shook everyone’s ungloved hands, but also delightfully agreed to sit down later for an on-camera chat (clips above) about his presidential ambitions. Today — the day McMillan plans to head to Washington, D.C. to officially announce the start of his 2012 presidential campaign — we present Candidate McMillan, in a slightly abridged version of our conversation. [more]

  • Jimmy McMillan parodied on SNL

    January 17, 2011 06:28PM

    The Rent is Too Damn High party founder and one-time gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan was parodied on the Weekend Update on “Saturday Night Live.” In the video above, Kenan Thompson, in the voice of McMillan, says he is running for president of New York in 3012, but that he won’t live in the White House, because “the rent is too damn high.” If elected, he pledged to live on a seventh-floor walk-up in Baltimore and to commute to the White House on rollerskates. McMillan also said that he was running as a Republican, with his election platform to be “The Deficit is Too Damn High.” … [more]

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  • For New York City real estate, 2010 in many ways marked a return to normalcy after the tumultuous aftermath of the financial crisis. As the ubiquitous real estate appraiser and Miller Samuel CEO Jonathan Miller put it: “it was a year of a sense of relief.” City home prices stopped their freefall and sales activity improved considerably from the post-Lehman doldrums. Stalled condominium projects like the Sheffield and 1 Rector Park re-started sales. Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim bought Tamir Sapir’s Fifth Avenue townhouse, the Duke Semans mansion, for $44 million. As the unspoken taboo on ostentatious spending faded, a number of high-end residential properties changed hands at the end of the year, including Brooke Astor’s 14-room duplex at 778 Park Avenue, which finally sold after two years on the market (albeit for a significant discount from its original asking price). Japanese retailer Uniqlo snagged 89,000 square feet at 666 Fifth Avenue’s former Brooks Brothers space for a record $300 million, demonstrating that retail is still thriving along the posh shopping corridor.
    But the economic downturn continued to make its presence felt. The office market remained uneven and troubled lender iStar Financial fought to stave off bankruptcy amid lingering fears of a double-dip recession.
    Here are The Real Deal staff’s picks for the stories that most altered the New York City real estate landscape in 2010, in alphabetical order. … [more]


  • “DAMN!” — a documentary about Jimmy McMillan and his “Rent is Too Damn High” bid for governor of New York — is being produced by filmmakers Aaron Fisher-Cohen and Kristian Almgren and is set to premiere in March. “This is why the people in this state and all across America don’t have anything,” McMillan says in the teaser above from Gothamist. “Rent is too damn high — it’s not a joke; it’s serious… People are hurting,” he adds. In the movie, McMillan says that he represents the voice of the people and that he speaks for “the anger of the people and the frustration of the people.” He also thanks everyone for supporting him. “Yes, we can do this, we can win it,” he says. “I appreciate you all showing me crazy love.” … [more]

  • Founder and de facto spokesperson of the “Rent is Too Damn High Party,” Jimmy McMillan, is hopping mad at the Board of Elections, which he says intentionally omitted the “damn” from his organization’s name on ballots in two separate elections in the last four years, according to the New York Post. McMillan has filed a $350 million suit against the board, claiming that by omitting the four-letter potty-mouth adjective from his group’s name the board “stripped [the party] from the ballot” and “really broke our party up.” … [more]

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  • From left: Michael Bloomberg and William Thompson

    A camera lens analogy might help voters understand where Michael Bloomberg and William Thompson, who are New York’s main mayoral candidates, stand on key real estate issues ahead of tomorrow’s election. Bloomberg, the Republican incumbent, seems to favor a wide-angle approach, as his sweeping rezoning of a fifth of the city, or 8,400 blocks over eight years in office, would indicate. Focused on creating denser, more transit-oriented development, according to his PlaNYC, which was unveiled in 2007, the city has famously paved the way for homes to be built into once-industrial swaths of land, notably along the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn. … [more]

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