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diversion is more of a (small) rant about Manhattan real estate "penthouses"

Sep. 28, 2013
It's the weekend, but instead of the usual diversion having nothing to do with Manhattan lofts, I'd like to do a short riff on a pice in The Real Deal this week, When Is A Penthouse A Penthouse? TRD quotes some of the usual suspects (including The Miller,

Sunday diversion has to feature The Great Rivera

Sep. 22, 2013
No need to get into a discussion of whether Mariano Rivera is ‘the greatest closer ever’ in Major League baseball (the 9th-inning [only] closer being a fairly recent development) but we can all agree that he has been One Heck Of A Reliever. Personally

diversion about nomenclature in a different sport during BASEBALL season (sorry)

Sep. 14, 2013
Thoughtful piece that I missed last week by the thoughtful guy who has the impossible job of being ombudsman for ESPN, So what if ESPN refused to use the R-word? If you’re already familiar with The Issue of how to refer to the Washington franchise of th

Sunday diversion is spiritual but from an exceedingly political (and contentious) source

Sep. 8, 2013
Skip this post if you get antsy when someone talks about Spirituality (as in “that weird stuff is not for me”) or if reading anything on an oh so lefty politics forum like the (infamous) Daily Kos will do bad things for your blood pressure. Personally

it’s Labor Day: go to a sale, eat a hot dog, wear white (and straw), and remember LABOR Day

Sep. 2, 2013
How do you get to be so old and not know stuff like how Labor day came about? I have touched in past years on the (big picture) origins of Labor Day in the US, but did not realize the degree to which the national holiday was a response to a very specific

diversion: an obituary featuring the most famous mutineer

Sep. 1, 2013
Who doesn't love a great obituary? I don't mean (merely) an obituary for a great (or famous) person, but a well written obituary that teaches you, or reminds you, about fascinating things. Tom Christian of Pitcairn's Island died in July, but his obituary

diversion is the opposite of the muck: a heartwarming story of staggering friendship

Aug. 18, 2013
This story by Bryan Curtis on Grantland is why Grantland is Grantland: The Stokes Game tells the story of NBA player Maurice Stokes and his teammate and guardian Jack Twyman. If you don’t know the basic story, read it as a window into a wonderful accoun

diversion is but more immersion in the muck

Aug. 10, 2013
Having gone off on insincere Ryan Braun not once, but twice (July 27, diversion: the baseball I told you so edition), I'd hate anyone to think that I am soft on #13 if I didn't have something (diverting?) to say about this Never A "True Yankee" fellow, Ju

diversion: the baseball I told you so edition

Jul. 27, 2013
If you care about MLB at all and if you’re a Manhattan Loft Guy reader for a good while, you may remember my diversionary post about the last time this bubbled strongly. In my February 26, 2012, diversionary Sunday: Ryan Braun is NOT "innocent", I point

diversion: not in "New York City" any longer

Jun. 22, 2013
This one hit the inter-toobz a while ago, but the subject matter lends itself to a look-back whenever …. I saw it in a link from The Real Deal, but it was probably elsewhere, as well. The Business insider collected 50 Manhattan buildings that are no lon

diversion for baseball fans who need a diversion

Jun. 16, 2013
So it was heartening (for me, at least) to read two book-end feel-good stories from Sports Illustrated last week about major league players seeking redemption of sorts. And finding it (so far). Lest you think “redemption” is too strong a word, or seek

diversion: late score seals the win

Jun. 9, 2013
You know the setting ... late in the high stakes match a guy on the visiting team scores in a most improbable fashion just a few ticks of the clock before the game ends. His club's fans marvel, while the home fans grumble, or shuffle out in silence. Great

odd diversion from space

May. 18, 2013
The expression "winning the Internet" was never so apt as its use this week to describe a space oddity: the Canadian astronaut departing from the Intenational Space Station recording a music video featuring him singing and playing guitar to,David Bowie's

diversion for mothers (and mofos) on a beautiful Sunday

May. 12, 2013
I flagged this item from Gothamist when it was fresh on April 29. Today is a good day for a lovely (they say “phenomenal”) aerial photo of New York City, taken from a plane approaching LaGuardia. There’s a lot of the Bronx, and mostly Manhattan from

diversion: do we need to see patterns where none exist?

May. 11, 2013
Data are information, not knowledge. The New York Times Well blog post this week (Are ‘Hot Hands’ in Sports a Real Thing) is based on a study of an entire season of free throws in the NBA and 50,000 games bowled in the Professional Bowlers Association

diversion / needlessly painful baseball

Apr. 28, 2013
If you are a mild baseball fan you are aware that catchers take a lot of punishment; a more serious fan is aware that Yankee catcher Francisco Cervelli suffered a broken hand last week when hit by a foul ball, just as the catcher watching that game from t

diversion about real estate (any discussion of Gentrification is tangentially about Manhattan loft neighborhoods)

Apr. 13, 2013
A perennial never-get-to on my Don’t Do list is a thought piece on how neighborhoods change, including my personal history as a residential pioneer in the then newly-minted Tribeca (truly TriBeCa in those days) in 1981. It is hard to write much about re

diversion from the archives / still a beautiful city

Apr. 7, 2013
Tagged with: diversion, photos, smile, time lapse
My April 14, 2012 diversion, beautiful Saturday diversion / beautiful city, time lapsed, is worth another look. Still diverting, still lapsing, still New York, still with a (slight) Manhattan loft neighborhood angle. If you’ve seen it before it should m

diversion / baseball games! old baseball games

Mar. 16, 2013
Snow flurries aside, it is getting to be baseball season, finally. If you’ve been following the game for a while, there will be something in this compilation on SBNation that will make you smile, as you remember the game (or the specific play) featured.

Sunday diversion: the Hallelujah chorus

Mar. 10, 2013
The music ministry in my parish does wonderful music. Including, adding in the past year, an adaptation of Leonard Cohen’s always haunting Hallelujah. I drove my wife a little bonkers a while back after using The Google and playing 6 or 7 different vers

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Sandy Mattingly is Manhattan Loft Guy; now with The Corcoran Group (http://corcoran.com/ ; but see the disclaimer at the bottom of the page), he can be reached most easily at Sandy@ManhattanLoftGuy.com or 917.902.2491, and followed on Twitter @ManhattnLoftGuy (note "mis-spelling"). After 7+ years, the blog has moved. Links here on RealTown will work for the foreseeable future, but new posts (and all the old content) has migrated to ManhattanLoftGuy.com.


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