The Woodlawn Theatre is once again for sale

The Woodlawn Theatre is once again for sale By Deborah Martin January 24, 2018 Updated: January 25, 2018 4:40pm Photo: Courtesy Photo Image 1of/68 CaptionClose Image 1 of 68 The Woodlawn Theatre has been listed for sale. The Woodlawn Theatre has been listed for sale. Photo: Courtesy Photo Image 2 of 68 The Woodlawn Theatre on Fredericksburg Road was the site for the world premiere of the John Wayne film "The Alamo" on Oct. 24, 1960. The Woodlawn Theatre on Fredericksburg Road was the site for the world premiere of the John Wayne film "The Alamo" on Oct. 24, 1960. Photo: Courtesy United Artists Image 3 of 68 After being briefly put up for sale in December 2017, San Antonio's historic Woodlawn Theatre was listed in January 2018 for $1.95 million. The property was an asset in the divorce of co-owners Kurt Wehner and Sherry Redden Wehner, who have owned it since 2012. less After being briefly put up for sale in December 2017, San Antonio's historic Woodlawn Theatre was listed in January 2018 for $1.95 million. The property was an asset in the divorce of co-owners Kurt Wehner and ... more Photo: Shoot2Sell Image 4 of 68 After being briefly put up for sale in December 2017, San Antonio's historic Woodlawn Theatre was listed in January 2018 for $1.95 million. The property was an asset in the divorce of co-owners Kurt Wehner and Sherry Redden Wehner, who have owned it since 2012. less After being briefly put up for sale in December 2017, San Antonio's historic Woodlawn Theatre was listed in January 2018 for $1.95 million. The property was an asset in the divorce of co-owners Kurt Wehner and ... more Photo: Shoot2Sell Image 5 of Continue Reading

What Is ‘FSBO’? What ‘For Sale by Owner’ Means for Home Buyers

What is "FSBO"? It stands for “for sale by owner,” which means that the homeowners haven't retained a real estate agent to help them sell their house. Cathie Ericson, provided by Published 1:30 pm, Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Photo: Tacojim/iStock Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Tacojim/iStock What Is 'FSBO'? What 'For Sale by Owner' Means for Home Buyers 1 / 1 Back to Gallery What is "FSBO"? In the world of real estate, it stands for “for sale by owner,” which means that the homeowners haven’t retained a real estate agent to help them sell their house. FSBO (pronounced “fizbo”) homes aren't sold in the same way as agent-sold houses—and the process will differ for home buyers, too. So if you find yourself interested in purchasing a FSBO home, here's what you need to know. Why home sellers decide to try FSBO Typically home sellers decide to go it alone for one primary reason: They want to save money. Home sellers, after all, pay the full real estate agent commission. Although commissions vary considerably, a typical commission totals about 6% of the home's sales price. So on a $500,000 home, the commission would amount to $30,000. This fee doesn't go entirely to the home seller's listing agent, however; it is typically evenly split between the listing agent and the buyer's agent (if a buyer has one). Home sellers might also attempt FSBO because they're in a hot market and think that the house will sell itself—although the process is rarely as simple as people think it will be (here are five reasons FSBO home sales fail). Home & Real Estate Channel Now Playing: Now Playing "Real Estate Wars" Star's Tip for Negations Cheddar TV Continue Reading

See inside the farmhouse that inspired ‘Charlotte’s Web’ — it’s for sale!

Every home has a story and this Maine farmhouse, where author E.B. White lived until his death in 1985, has quite a popular one. The barn that once housed E.B. and his wife, Katharine, also had pigs, sheep, geese, chickens and, yes, spiders, served as the inspiration and setting behind the beloved children’s book "Charlotte’s Web." Yankee Magazine recently got a tour of the whole property, located in North Brooklin, Maine, that is now for sale by current owners Robert and Mary Gallant. The main house features 12 rooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, six working fireplaces, 19th-century stenciling on the stairway walls and a wood cookstove in the kitchen. It’s just as charming as you’d imagine the home of the author to be. The barn has features that fans will recognize from the novel, like a rope swing that is immortalized as the one from which Fern and her brother launched themselves. It's no wonder that school kids sometimes visit to get a deeper connection to the book. For many years, a teacher would bring her class to visit the site, Mary Gallant told the magazine. The children would sit on bales of hay and listen to a recording of the author reading "Charlotte’s Web." “They swing on the same rope swing that they knew Fern had, they sit on the milking stool where Fern had sat,” she said. “I wanted them to grow up remembering this day. I hoped one day they’d want to find Mr. White’s other writings.” While the Gallants are sad about selling their historic home, they hope the new owner will make it their own. According to the article, E.B.’s granddaughter Martha White said she hopes it will forever be occupied since the author didn’t want it to become a shrine, museum or writers’ retreat. Continue Reading

Internet domain name for sale

Are you looking to buy a little sex?, that is. And it would likely cost you a lot.The valuable domain name is now on the market, domain broker Sedo announced Thursday. The current owner of, Escom, paid approximately $14 million for the domain name in 2006. But the Los Angeles-based computer firm is facing bankruptcy, the Financial Times was once a profitable enterprise, reports The Financial Times, but search engines such as Google left fewer people visiting the site directly."It is an extremely rare opportunity that a domain name of this caliber becomes available for sale", a Sedo official said in a statement. "Short, descriptive domains are an amazing marketing vehicle." was first registered in 1994 by founder Gary Kremen. Since then, the domain name has endured a turbulent ride and one long legal battle.Kremen lost the domain name when ex-con Stephen Cohen forged a letter to a domain registrar, which never bothered to authenticate the letter, according to Cohen would have made $40 million using the site, according to numerous reports, before Kremen eventually won a $65 million judgment against Cohen - who promptly bolted the country without paying. He would eventually be tracked down and arrested.The extensive legal battle was recalled in the 2008 book 'The Chronicles' by lawyer Charles Carreon."The sale of presents potential buyers with a once in a lifetime opportunity," a Sedo official says. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Last landmark building in Melrose – built in 1871 – is up for sale

For $800,000, you can own a piece of Bronx history. One of the city's more endangered landmark buildings has been given a second chance at life, and is up for sale through an open lottery. The building, at 614 Courtlandt Ave. in Melrose, was built as a saloon and meeting house in 1871 by a Manhattan billiard hall owner. He built it in the same style as many of the buildings on the lower East Side, to serve the German community that had left the crowded tenements in their old neighborhood seeking a healthier lifestyle in the Bronx. It is the last landmark building in the neighborhood. Over the past 130 years, the four-story building has stood out from the surrounding tenements and high-rises, with its slate mansard roof, dormers and tall windows. But more than a decade ago, it fell into disrepair. Now, a combination of city grants and private bank loans have paid to gut the building, redo its inside and preserve its exterior, to improve the neighborhood and save the history. "When you take a formerly city-owned property and put it back on the tax roll, that's always a good thing," said Byron Todman of Neighborhood Housing Services, which bought the building for $1 from the city after it was absorbed through a foreclosure. "It also gives an opportunity to help small business people." With the help of a grant from the city Landmarks Preservation Commission, Neighborhood Housing Service rehabbed the building into two three-bedroom apartments and one or two ground floor commercial spaces. Since 1993, Neighborhood Housing Services has renovated about 140 buildings, including 860 units. "You hope whoever gets the building," said Todman, "one will take care of it and put it to good use." Interested buyers should visit Neighborhood Housing Services Web site at for information about the property's lottery. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘For Sale’ vehicles hog street parking

Cops in a congested Queens neighborhood are cracking down on a shady practice that has aggravated the lack of local on-street parking - cars stranded there by far-flung dealerships. The intersection of Junction Blvd. and 34th Ave. in East Elmhurst has become a favorite haunt for creative car dealers in recent years. Dozens of used cars with neon "For Sale" signs in their windows hog street parking at the location - but they don't have license plates or registration or inspection stickers. "It's problematic," said Will Sweeney, president of the Western Jackson Heights Alliance, a civic group. "We put up with a lot of pollution, and a lot of traffic. Any car that's taking up extra street space lends to more cars driving around looking for a parking spot." But cops at the 115th Precinct, which issued the most parking tickets of any precinct citywide in 2007, linked the renegade practice to out-of-state dealers. Those dealers used local salesmen on cell phones as point-people to conduct the lucrative transactions, the Daily News has found. More than two dozen vehicles have been towed from the site since the practice was discovered in November, according to the NYPD. An online auction site identified Melly Auto Sales Inc. of Hackettstown, N.J., as the owner of a red 1997 Dodge Ram spotted recently parked on 34th Ave. Seven other used car companies share Melly's Hackettstown address, but none of the companies answered the phone when called by The News. Only two companies had voicemail. A local salesman reached by cell phone admitted he worked for a dealership. But he would not give his name or the dealership's name, nor would he answer The News' questions about how the operation worked. "You call me when you're near there and I'll meet you," said the salesman, who then hung up and did not pick up the phone on repeat calls. Police can tow a vehicle without proper identification, or if it is parked unsafely. "When violations are observed, the Continue Reading

Pope is for sale in New York

The Pope is for sale. In anticipation of next week's United States papal tour, T-shirts, mugs, crucifixes, even a Pope bobblehead doll,  are being sold in shops around town and on the Internet. "The Pope is coming to New York and I want to have that memory," said Myrna Young, an upper East Side Episcopalian, as she walked out of St. Patrick's Cathedral's gift shop on Tuesday. "I bought a rosary." Memorabilia on sale at the Fifth Ave. house of worship ranges from a $4 Pope Benedict bookmark to a $70 commemorative medallion engraved with the Pope's likeness. It's not just the Church that is looking to turn a holy profit. One Internet site is offering a bobblehead doll for $12.95. The item is sold out. Another is hawking Pope Cologne for $29.95 on the Web. "Seeing that the Pope is coming, we thought people would be interested in knowing about it," said Will Keller, owner of Ohio-based Monastery Greetings, whose holy scent was developed by a California doctor who claims to have created it from a private formula of Pius IX (1792-1878) - not Pope Benedict.Barnes & Noble at Union Square put up a display of Pope-related books, and a Catholic bookshop in the Bronx is offering a full complement of Benedict's writings - and is also selling baseball caps and picture frames marking the April 15-20 visit.The Archdiocese of New York on Tuesday launched its online Papal Visit 2008 Commemorative Item store, where the faithful can buy mugs, lapel pins and a tiny, T-shirted fuzzy white teddy bear. The items are emblazoned with Benedict's 2008 "Christ Our Hope" trip to New York and Washington. "Our Holy Father is coming, everyone is excited and every body wants a piece of him," said Neil Fusco, an owner of Mount Carmel Catholic Books and Gifts in the Bronx, who stationed a life-size cutout of Benedict outside his Belmont Ave. shop a month ago. Customers have their picture taken with the cardboard Benedict - and elderly Italian women from Continue Reading

For sale: Land next to HOLLYWOOD sign

LOS ANGELES - The world-famous HOLLYWOOD sign that has been used by TV and movie directors in more scene-setting shots than a film student could ever count was first erected in 1923 to promote real estate in the fledgling capital of celluloid. Eighty-five years later, some fear the sign and the hillside on which it sits are threatened by, yes, a real estate deal. An investment group that owns 138 sage-covered acres above and to the left of the 45-foot-high, steel-and-concrete H put the land up for sale last month for $22 million. Some Los Angeles residents are afraid mansions will be built there, spoiling the sign's uncluttered, postcard-perfect backdrop. They worry, too, that the land will no longer be accessible to the hikers, sightseers and romantics who often climb the hill for solitude and a panoramic view of the Los Angeles basin. Residents led by a city councilman are fighting to preserve the parcel, known as Cahuenga Peak. "That is our Eiffel Tower," Councilman Tom LaBonge said. "There is the Hollywood sign. There is the open space. And that's all there is. This is ours and it should remain ours." The parcel has a distinctly Hollywood back story: It was once owned by billionaire Howard Hughes. Lore has it that Hughes bought it in 1940 _ 17 years after the publisher of the Los Angeles Times spelled out his plans for a nearby subdivision in King Kong-size letters _ with dreams of building an estate to share with Ginger Rogers. The romance fizzled _ Rogers later said the idea of being holed up with the tycoon on the isolated hilltop gave her the willies _ and Hollywood's highest crest was left to the deer, the coyotes and the visitors who ignore the no-trespassing signs. In fact, most people here assumed the property had long ago fallen into the public domain. That is, until Fox River Financial Resources, the Chicago investors who quietly purchased the peak from Hughes' estate for $1.7 million in 2002, put the one-of-a-kind parcel on the Continue Reading

Is YES-TV for sale? Maybe…

The Yankees' TV partners might say YES to selling their lucrative cable network - if the price is right, insiders said yesterday. The YES Network is a cash cow that could be worth $3 billion, up from $850 million when it was launched six years ago. The Bombers own about 35% of the network, with the rest mostly split between investment bank Goldman Sachs and former New Jersey Nets owner Ray Chambers. "If we got an offer that in our view reflected the premium value of the network, we would consider it," said Peter Rose, a spokesman for Goldman Sachs. Yankees exec Randy Levine insisted the Pinstripes won't sell their stake and would have to approve any new partners. "The YES Network is not for sale," Levine said. Possible buyers of YES include major media companies like Time Warner, Cablevision, Comcast, ESPN or even New York Post parent company News Corp., which is buying The Wall Street Journal. The possible sale of YES was first reported by Fortune magazine on its Web site. But even if the Yankees were to change their mind and sell their stake in the network, it wouldn't mean George Steinbrenner wants to sell the baseball team. A more likely plan would have the Boss use the proceeds from such a sale to bolster his family control over the most valuable franchise in sports and give him more cash to splurge on free agents. Steinbrenner, 77, is reportedly in failing health and seems to be handing over power to his sons, Hal and Hank, and son-in-law Felix Lopez. "The Yankees are not for sale," said Howard Rubenstein, a spokesman for Steinbrenner. "As far as George's health goes, nothing has changed. He's okay and he's still an active participant in every decision." YES airs Bombers and New Jersey Nets games along with endless hours of Yankee-themed programming that has little audience appeal beyond hard-core Bombers faithful. The network's bread and butter are the prime-time Yankee contests that draw off-the-charts audiences and compete with Continue Reading

Couple finds beloved missing pet – for sale online

A couple's discovery of their missing dog for sale on a pet adoption Web site led police to a Long Island home where more than 50 dogs were living in squalid conditions, authorities said. The dogs, some sickly and underfed, were taken Wednesday night from the Melford home by staff members of a Suffolk County animal protection agency to a shelter to be examined by veterinarians, authorities said. "The house was in horrible condition," said Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "It was covered in feces and urine. It was hot, very hot in there." Karen Schleich, 45, and David Bernacchi, 44, who said they lived in the house, were arrested and charged with animal cruelty, police said. Schleich was also charged with criminal possession of stolen property - a Shih Tzu that a Long Island couple said went missing on Saturday. Police were trying to determine whether any of the other animals also had been stolen. Police said Wednesday night that they did not know if the couple, described as boyfriend and girlfriend, had attorneys. They also arrested Kristin Beauchesne, 25, of Shirley, on a charge of grand larceny. Sgt. Michael Cosgrove, of the Suffolk County police's crime section, said that Beauchesne had an attorney, but he could not immediately provide a name. The three claimed that they were animal rescuers, and they posted advertisements for dogs on various pet adoption Web sites, Cosgrove said. Bernacchi ran a dog rescue organization called Lucky Fund, Newsday reported in Wednesday's editions. The mission of the company is "to help and place as many dogs as possible with new and loving families," states a message on the Lucky Fund Web site. One couple searching for their Shih Tzu found their newly shaven dog advertised for sale on one of those sites - for $350, he said. They contacted police, and an investigation led to the Medford home, Cosgrove said.v Beauchasne was arrested after a witness reported Continue Reading