Step inside New York's most expensive house...

Step inside New York's most expensive house...


NEW YORK: New York’s most expensive house has gone on sale for a whopping $90million (£56million).

The mansion in Manhattan’s opulent Upper East Side boasts ten bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, three kitchens, a wood-panelled library, an elevator, a gym and a garden, reports Daily Mail.

If you think the asking price is a tad steep you could always choose to rent it for a more moderate $210,000 (£130,000) a month, the paper said.

Should someone stump up the cash, it would smash apart the previous record holder, held by The Harkness Mansion at 4 East 75 Street, which billionaire J. Christopher Flowers bought for $53million (£32million) five years ago.

The French Gothic mansion on East 80 Street was built in the early 1900s by dime store magnate Frank Winfield Woolworth for his daughter, Helena. It is nestled between two other mansions he also had built at 2 and 6 East 80 Street for his other daughters Edna and Jessie. The two other townhouses remain intact also.

They were all constructed by the architect Charles Pierpont Henry Gilbert who designed city and country homes for the wealthy.

The house, which at 35ft wide has been completely renovated into a pre-war style, was bought in 1995 for a mere $6million (£3.7million) by the late gym magnate Lucille Roberts when it was used as a men’s gym.

Stretching over more than 18,000 square feet, the new owners will be able to comfortably a dinner party, thanks to the dining room which seats over 50.

Musharraf, Zardari are FB friends... 

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, former President Pervez Musharraf, PML-Q chief Shujaat Hussain, and PTI chief Imran Khan are friends on social networking website Facebook. 

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and MQM chief Altaf Husssain, however, have not added any political figures on their profile pages, according to agency reports.

According to the Facebook profile page of Sharif, out of total 4810 friends, he enjoys the company of Musharraf, Hussain, Zardari, Imran, Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association President Asma Jahangir, PPP co-Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Secretary General Muhammad Ali Saif.

Zardari has added Hussain, former Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi as his friends, the Nation reports.

An expert, however, said that the politicians don’t visit their profile pages, but special persons of their party run them.


Man hires workers to destroy his Lamborghini


QINGDAO - One man went to the extreme of having his Lamborghini Gallardo, an Italian supercar, destroyed in public on World Consumer Rights Day three days ago to show his dissatisfaction with the carmaker's services.

He even recorded and broadcasted the event live on China's micro-blogging service, Weibo.

According to an online user on video-sharing website Youtube, the businessman from Qingdao, Shandong province in China, said the engine of his sportscar, a Lamborghini Gallardo L140, failed to start on Nov 29, 2010, just six months after he bought it.

The report said he contacted the Lamborghini dealer in Qingdao and a trailer of a maintenance service provider was sent to deliver the car to a workshop.

However the businessman found out the problem was not resolved when the car was returned. Worse, the bumper and chassis were also damaged, probably during the towing, according to the report.

When the owner pointed out the problems at the workshop, they denied any wrongdoing, the report said. The owner then tried to escalate the issue to executives higher up in the corporate hierarchy but "no one took responsbility for what had happened", the report said.

The owner decided to hire a group of construction workers to destroy his sportscar on World Consumer Rights Day, March 15, to attract attention to the problem of consumer rights in China.

The report said that he felt this was the only way he could protest against Lamborghini China's lack of high-quality service.

Lamborghini China said in the past three months, it has never given up on repairing the vehicle and has actively sought to meet all the requests of the dealer and the owner and raised numerous solutiuons. It also said it was apologetic for the inconvenience that the repair work has caused the owner and felt regret at the smashing of the Lamborghini.

In China, a Lamborghini Gallardo retails for around 3 million yuan ($584,700), depending on specification.
Man arrested for extorting money posing as cop


NEW DELHI: A man, who was allegedly extorting money by posing as a police officer, was arrested in west Delhi on Saturday.

The arrested has been identified as Viresh. He was apprehended from Subhash Nagar on Friday while he was in police uniform.

"After parking his scooter, Viresh accused Deepak, the complainant, of being drunk and started demanding money to release him. Deepak recognized him as the same police officer who had taken money from him on the same allegations earlier too," a senior police official said.

Deepak called the police who arrested him.

"Viresh told police that his father has retired from the Delhi Police. After wearing khaki-coloured uniform and black jacket on it, he used to extort money. Whenever he noticed any suspicious person or a place where construction was going on, he used to confront them, introducing himself as a police officer and then extorted money," the official said.
Ridiculous outfit gives robber away

KANSAS: A US woman wearing a ridiculous outfit was found quickly after a robbery on St Patrick's Day due to her unique attire.

Police in Topeka, Kansas, said the 26-year-old decided to rob a store wearing a bright blue workout suit with a wide yellow stripe - a strange choice considering the Leprechaun outfit she could have opted for - then turned up to the city's March 17th celebrations in the same clothing.

Radio station WIBW-AM reports the woman, named as Tihesia Birdlong, was taken into custody, after being spotted sporting the unique attire while watching the St Paddy's Day parade on a street downtown.

Authorities allege Birdlong entered a convenience store at 3.30am, brandishing a screwdriver and demanding money from a clerk behind the counter.

A surveillance tape showed her leaving the store in her distinctive outfit, which caught the officer's attention on the parade.

Millions of people around the world donned green outfits to celebrate the Irish patron saint.

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