Cass Almendral has been having himself a great summer — and he owes it all to his house. Half a mile from the Southampton train station, his eight-bedroom, $4 million 1890s farmhouse, complete with a pool and hot tub, has been the site of many a summer bash. But it’s done more than just serve as a party castle. It’s given Almendral his cachet with the ladies. “If you own a house, you’re at a huge advantage,” he says. “That’s why I’m single. Every summer I can have a huge adventure.” “I’ve had girls who’d take the bus over and linger around, then have sex with anyone who had a house,” says Almendral, the 50-year-old managing director of the Wall Street Solutions Group Inc. “They weren’t hookers. They got by through the kindness of strangers . . . they see the Hamptons as an adventure that’s also a safe, luxurious experience.”...Newbies on the city scene are quickly initiated into the game. “Some girls will pressure girls who are new to the city to be friends with a certain guy because of his Hamptons house,” says a 25-year-old woman who works at an investment banking firm. “It’s an overarching theme of the summer — find a guy with a home and date him.” [NYP]
Financial Services Employee Asks New York Times For Help Decoding Hidden Message In Boss's Thong
Suspending disbelief for a moment and pretending this scenario* described to the Times actually occurred in real life...
Financial Services Employee Living In Relative Squalor Takes On Adversity And Wins
Back in February, Bloomberg ran a deeply distressing story about financial services employees whose lives had been turned upside down as a result of bonuses being slashed last year. There was a guy who who was forced to sell two motorcycles in order to keep his labradoodle and bichon frise in the $17,000/year lifestyle they'd grown accustomed to. Another had to turn down an offer to attend a wet tee-shirt contest in New Orleans. One man had to start shopping at Fairway and buying discounted salmon. All harrowing, to be sure, though none could quite compare to the story of Andrew Schiff, whose situation we wouldn't wish on our worst enemy. Schiff had almost too many woes to mention but they included having to scale back his Connecticut summer house rental from four months to one; the pressures of paying private school tuition for two kids; traffic (“Schiff was sitting in a traffic jam in California this month after giving a speech at an investment conference about gold. He turned off the satellite radio, got out of the car and screamed a profanity. ‘I’m not Zen at all, and when I’m freaking out about the situation, where I’m stuck like a rat in a trap on a highway with no way to get out, it’s very hard,’ he said”); and living in a smaller Brooklyn duplex than he wanted. "I'm crammed into 1,200 square feet," he told Bloomberg. "I don't have a dishwasher. We do all our dishes by hand. [I want] 1,800 square feet...three bedrooms, maybe four." But what we want and what we can have are often two very different things, and when one is hovering around the poverty line, it's difficult to imagine a way out of cramped quarters and washing the dishes in a sink, like some kind of hobo. Sometimes, though? Miracles happen. The director of marketing for broker-dealer Euro Pacific Capital Inc. has purchased a condo at 35 Woodhull Street in nearby Carroll Gardens for $1.23 million, according to city records...Besides more space, the four-bedroom, three-bath condo has “a huge private terrace off the master bedroom” and “jaw dropping views of Manhattan and the harbor.” There are 10-foot ceilings, “rich walnut wood floors,” and built-in speakers with an iPod deck, according to the listing. But what of the kitchen? Well, as Mr. Schiff and Ms. Barnes relax to the lulling whir and gurgle of their new dishwasher[!!!], they can gaze with pleasure at the stone counters, glass-tiled backsplash, Shaker cabinets, Liebherr and Bosch appliances and a Bertazzoni range. Lest anyone get too excited, though, Schiff would like to make it clear that the new digs are far from luxurious and actually quite similar to tenement house-living, pointing out to the Observer that the condo is "a walk up...about 50 yards west of the BQE." Andrew Schiff Finally Buys Own Brooklyn Apartment on Measly $350,000 Salary [NYO] Earlier: Nightmare On Wall Street
The Must-Have Accessory In The Hamptons This Year Is A "P*ssy Whisperer": Report
Anyone who's anyone has one.