In their words

The month's funniest quotes

Sep.September 01, 2014 07:00 AM

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“Ask any one of the thousands of people who are applying for that [affordable housing], and they don’t give a damn.”
-Extell Development’s Gary Barnett, defending the use of the so-called “poor door” at his 40 Riverside Boulevard project.

“You could see it as a great American story of a guy who goes down in flames and has to resurrect himself.”
-Luxury broker Donna Olshan, on the comeback of developer Ira Shapiro, who defaulted on hundreds of millions in loans during the downturn, but is now reportedly working on the condo conversion of 361 Central Park West.

“You can’t evict a dead person.”
-Maddy Tarnofsky, attorney for an Afghan princess whose landlord is trying to get her out of her Upper East Side home by serving an eviction notice to her late husband.

“When you are looking at this location, you have to close your eyes and fast forward three years.”
-TerraCRG’s Ofer Cohen, on the ongoing transformation of Fort Greene

“We waited seven years for this. Let’s enjoy it — until the music stops.”
-Ilan Bracha, Keller Williams NYC founder, reflecting on the hot New York City real estate market.

“The income level for people that live in these areas is just too high.”
-A Dermot Company spokesperson, on why the developer is having trouble finding qualified tenants for its affordable units at Downtown Brooklyn’s 66 Rockwell Place.

“I wish it were triage — it’s beyond triage.”
-New York City Housing Authority chairwoman Shola Olatoye, on the city Housing Authority’s desperate financial situation.

“Mr. Macklowe moved like lightning.”
-Massey Knakal’s Bob Knakal, on how Harry Macklowe didn’t dilly-dally when given the chance to acquire three Lenox Hill properties for $100 million.

“We are putting our big toe in the marketplace to explore the opportunity.”
-Vornado’s Steve Roth, on the potential revival of a plan to raze the Hotel Pennsylvania to make way for a 3 million square-foot tower.

“I want it off both of them.”
-Donald Trump, on how two Atlantic City casinos are hurting his brand by using the Trump name.

“Guilty.”
-Top Warburg Realty broker Kate Meckler, admitting in court that she pilfered nearly $1,700 worth of clothes from Saks Fifth Avenue.

Sources: WNYC, Crain’s, New York Post, New York Daily News, New York Times, ABC, DNAInfo and TRD reporting.


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