Daily Archives: April 26, 2009

James Bailey home for sale – The greatest show on earth – discounted

The owner of circus entrepreneur James Bailey’s 1880s mansion in New York has cut the price to $6.5 million after listing the home in November for $10 million — a drop of 35% in less than half a year.

baily-mansionThe rare free-standing house in Harlem (above), whimsical and turreted, measures 12,000 square feet and has original stained-glass windows and mahogany paneling . Mr. Bailey was one half of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, which Ringling Bros. bought in 1907.

Marguerite Blake, a former funeral-home director, has owned the home since 1951.  [Hmmm]

It is in a significant state of disrepair. The Wall Street Journal’s Private Properties column reports that the mansion has had a price cut from $10 million to $6.5 million and whoever buys can expect to expend significant money in rehabbing this old beauty.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was started when the circus created by James Anthony Bailey and P. T. Barnum was merged with the Ringling Brothers Circus. The Ringling brothers purchased the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1907, but ran the circuses separately until they were finally merged in 1919.

Bailey’s managerial astuteness complemented Barnum’s abilities as a promoter and made their circus the most successful enterprise of its kind in the United States. After Barnum’s death in 1891, the circus made several triumphant tours of Europe under Bailey’s sole leadership.

Go to Luxis for a  look at the interior of this place. I’ll bet it’s haunted. 🙂  Spooo-ky.

Which made me think of the John Ringling mansion, Cà d’Zan, in Sarasota, Florida, now a Museum of Art.  It is really beautiful but I am pretty sure it is haunted.  Just a feeling I had when I was there.  Believe me, these old houses have stories to tell.

“”It is the remarkable legacy of a circus entrepreneur, collector of art and financier who endowed the State of Florida with a rich cultural future. As a part of Florida State University, the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, and Cà d’Zan Mansion located on a 66-acre estate overlooking Sarasota Bay, is the state art museum of Florida.””

Read more about the John and Mable Ringling legacy Here.

Posted: 04.26.09

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The first 100 days as seen from South Carolina

Eli Saslow, Washington Post staff writer, has done an excellent piece that is published in the Washington Post today.  He has written about two Obama supporters, Edith Childs and Evon Hackett and how their first 100 days of the Obama Administration has been.

Although the author probably had a different objective in mind, it does illustrate also the divide in this country which now exists and I think is growing more pronounced.  There’s a line in the sand.  There’s the Obama supporters and the rest of us.  Though they may be a little weary, they still believe Obama is the answer to the problems in the country.  We sort of think Obama is the cause of the problems and don’t at all like the direction he is taking us.  I know, he did inherit a full plate from the previous administration, but I think no worse than other presidents who have taken over from a different political party.  After all, he did know full well what he was signing up for and he wanted it very, very badly.

And the sad part is, as this article illustrates, things are not getting better but worse even after his record spending.

But Saslow writes:

“”Across the dark living room, one of Childs’s favorite pictures is displayed on a worn coffee table. It shows Childs with her arms wrapped around Barack Obama, his hand on her back, her eyes glowing. They met at a rally attended by 37 supporters on a rainy day in 2007, when Childs responded to Obama’s sluggishness on stage with an impromptu chant: “Fired up! Ready to go!” She repeated it, shouting louder each time, until Obama laughed and dipped his shoulders to the rhythm. The chant caught on. “Fired up!” people began saying at rallies. “Ready to go,” Obama chanted back. He told audiences about Childs, “a spirited little lady,” and invited her onstage at campaign appearances. By the day of his inauguration, when Childs led a busload of strangers bound for the Mall in her now-iconic chant, her transformation was complete. She was Edith Childs, fired up and ready to go.””

But the punches just keep on coming.

  • On Day 4 of his presidency, the Solutia textile plant laid off 101 workers.
  • On Day 23, the food bank set a record for meals served.
  • On Day 50, the hospital fired 200 employees and warned of further job cuts.
  • On Day 71, the school superintendent called a staff meeting and told his principals to expect changes and pay cuts.
  • On Day 78, the town’s newly elected Democratic mayor, whose campaign was inspired partly by his admiration for Obama, summarized Greenwood’s accelerating fragility. “This is crippling us, and there’s no sign of it turning around,” Welborn Adams said.
  • On Day 88, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that South Carolina had set a record for its highest unemployment rate in state history, at 11.4 percent. Greenwood’s unemployment is 13 percent.

And it was on Day 20 that Evon lost her job and she’s still looking for another one.

Read the rest of their stories Here.

Posted:  04.26.09

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