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June 11, 2019

Thanks To RuPaul, Drag Shows Are Making Brunches Big Business For Restaurants

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Brunch with a side of drag queens has been a Sunday staple for some members of the LGBT community for years. But more recently, it has become a booming business fueling weekend sales at restaurants around the world.

Thanks To RuPaul, Drag Shows Are Making Brunches Big Business For Restaurants

Drag queens like RuPaul and Lady Bunny have made headlines for years with their gender-bending performances that offer social commentary and plenty of high-heeled entertainment. But thanks to mainstream acceptance of the performance art, largely tied to the Emmy-winning reality series “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on VH1 (contestants compete to be…

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WeWork is continuing its Boston expansion by taking the entire office component at a renovated historic building in the heart of Downtown Crossing. Midwood Investment & Development spent most of 2017 and 2018 doing a gut renovation at One Milk Street, a six-story, mixed-use building it acquired in 2015 for $18.2M.…

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With Raytheon, United Technologies Merger, Mass. Continues To Poach Connecticut Business

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Beyond The Bio: 16 Questions With Bluefish Property Group Principal Rich Cooper

 

This series profiles men and women in commercial real estate who have profoundly transformed our neighborhoods and reshaped our cities, businesses and lifestyles.

Rich Cooper has made New England vacations a career for himself and a decadent hospitality experience for his guests. As principal of Bluefish Property Group, Cooper combines his passion for architectural preservation with a penchant for streamlined design into a portfolio of distinctive destination hotels.

Involved in real estate for over a decade, Cooper began his career as a broker in Marblehead, Massachusetts, before developing a passion for restoration and design, particularly on historic projects. 

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Deadly Construction Crane Collapse Highlights CRE Liability Issues

DALLAS — A flying car hood outside a fifth-floor apartment window on Sunday convinced Elan City Lights apartment resident Justin Lee that a tornado landed in his Dallas neighborhood. 

“It looked like a tornado,” Lee said. “I saw a car hood flying, like swirling around. I thought I was seeing things.” 

But it wasn’t a tornado. A construction crane from a neighboring work site smashed into his apartment building, destroying the parking garage and some residential units. The accident killed one woman and injured five others, leaving two in critical condition. 

For the commercial real estate industry, the deadly accident is a harsh reminder of what is at risk when tower cranes are set up near populated areas. 

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After months of speculation, Wells Fargo confirmed it is selling investment brokerage Eastdil Secured in a management buyout deal.Eastdil's executives are taking back an ownership stake in the firm, alongside Guggenheim Investments and Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings, the banking giant announced Tuesday. The deal, first reported by

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Meet The Woman Who Used A Racist Remark As A Spur To Create Her Own Property Network

 

LONDON — Priya Shah was in a meeting with a client of the built environment communications agency she worked for, making small talk, chatting about holiday plans. She mentioned she planned to go backpacking around South Africa and Zimbabwe.

“But you’re a bit of an Indian princess,” the client replied with surprise.

The comment took her aback, and made her feel undermined and typecast. It raised eyebrows in the room, but no one said anything.

In 2017, after the incident, she set up BAME in Property, a networking organisation for black, Asian and minority ethnic real estate professionals.

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Queens Has Boomed As A Home For Immigrants, And Development Has Followed. What Happens Next?

NEW YORK — The line at the new Tiger Sugar Bubble Tea store frequently stretches out the door and down the street. The Taiwanese chain, wildly popular in Asia for its sweet milk and brown sugar drinks, just opened its first North American location earlier this month

Out on the street, people cut through the bubble tea devotees, darting into grocery stores selling tropical fruits like durian and foods like fish maw, which is used in Chinese soups. The scene may look like an episode from a travel documentary, but it plays out every day just a handful of subway stops from Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal in Flushing, Queens. 

In many ways, Flushing — where there are millions of square feet in the development pipeline — is emblematic of the entire borough.

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