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Konrad Bicher: NYC’s Own Batman!

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The Real Deal’s “The Wolf of Airbnb” is the hero NYC needs and deserves.

[New York, NY, 10th/February/2022] – The Real Deal wrote an article titled “The Wolf of Airbnb” Terrorizing Landlords”, about one tenant, Konrad Bicher, for his battles against landlords in the city. The article was loaded with one-sided accusations against a tenant courageous enough to battle back against those who many would rightfully consider “slumlords” that control the fabric of NYC’s housing.

New York City is a city of tenants, many of which fall prey to the abuse of landlords. Absentee landlords that mistreat their buildings through various doses of neglect plague the city. The tenants of all classes remain subject to these negligent landlords that enjoy a sumptuous quality of life largely subsidized by the tenants they fail to properly accommodate.

In Kriston Capps’ words, which he wrote in his Bloomberg CityLab article “New York Is A City of Renters at Every Stage of Life,” “Gotham renters are paying the way for owners, and renters are not exactly living the dream.”

The Real Deal, duteously catering to its audience of property owners who only see their tenants as a means to an end, described Konrad as villain because he is battling the landlords of New York (and winning). In a city of neglected tenants without awareness, energy, or the spirit to stand up against the Goliath of a New York City landlord, Konrad is bravely fighting the battle against the corruption plaguing the city.

The viciousness of the landlords in New York was immediately clear as Konrad displayed photos of some of his apartments together with many screenshots of the texts, he received from the absentee owners of the buildings within which his apartments unfortunately reside. The evidence he illuminated served as a disturbing display of New York City “slumlords” and how they operate.

He has been victimized in the past by the landlords. Illegal break-ins by his landlord or the landlord’s property manager; illegal lockouts; routine code violations throughout the buildings and the apartments; renting to tenants such as Konrad without a Certificate of Occupancy; texts sent to Konrad from landlords requesting that he stage apartments to hide violations such as an illegally added bathroom and bedroom; threats and harassment directed at not only Konrad, but to his close peers as well; flooded rooms that develop rat infestation problems; turning off his gas and hot water until Konrad paid rent; turning off his power; throwing his furniture out of the apartment after changing the locks; installing cameras outside Konrad’s apartment doors. The list grows more and more daunting with further investigation. After experiencing the dishonorable acts Konrad encountered just to live in New York City, the powerlessness of him and his fellow renters ignited him into defensive action. He became the wolf that protects himself and those around him that are routinely losing the immoral battles initiated by the landlords who own the city. The battles fought and won by Konrad against multiple landlords in New York hold an appeal that should resonate with most tenants in the city.

The integrity by which New York City landlords fail to conduct their duty to tenants is frightening given their power over such a large share of the city’s population. The corrupt impropriety of these landlords is strengthened by the scarcity of individuals that stand valiantly in opposition to their goals.

The Real Deal’s article on Konrad unintentionally expressed how submissive the city is to landlords that many, especially those reading the Real Deal, treat as omnipotent and omniscient. These landlords celebrated The Real Deal’s article laced with ignorance in its depiction of a tenant as a criminal when truly he is one of the few individuals carrying the courage and willingness to fight back against the corruption pervading New York landlords.

Konrad stands out as an easy victim given his loneliness in a daunting battle against the predators preying over the majority of New Yorkers. His side of the story—the side that represents the defenseless renters in the city—must be shared. Konrad diligently organized all evidence of any landlord he witnessed blatantly and aggressively breaking laws in their battle against him, none of which was shared with The Real Deal, who claimed he is the one doing the terrorizing? But the forum is now open. This lonely battle is being fought with high hopes for the city’s officials to emerge and minimize the power that the collection of slumlords holds and abuse as they force hazardous environments upon the city’s population.

You can find Konrad Bicher on Facebook

 

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Vitaly Malkin: Oligarch from the East … pseudonym “Uncle”

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Kenia had a lot of contacts, one of the many was a girl I didn’t know much about, but her name is Gosia and she has a wealthy client from Russia who has a special love for very young girls. At the entrance, I found out that he was a member of the Russian parliament, he was an important person and that was enough for me. We sent girls to him, who then performed, among others in the programs of the Polish edition of the popular Top Model program. “Uncle”, as Gosia called him, was the owner of the Avant agency. Russian oligarch and politician with an Israeli passport in his pocket, a trusted man of the former and current President of Russia – Vitaly Malkin. It is worth focusing on the figure of this man, who is a symbol and stereotype of the so-called “Nowy Ruski”.

Vitaly Malkin with former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, 1990s. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Vitaly Malkin with former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, 1990s. (photo credit: REUTERS)

The official (because it matters in this case) Malkin’s fortune, in 2008 was valued by Forbes Magazine at $ 1 billion. Comparing him with other famous oligarchs from the headlines, he was not exceptional. However, Malkin is an active and very colorful background that plays a significant role in Putin’s Russia in shaping the policy and system that has been building the Russian mentality since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Malkin’s career began in 1990. A young employee of cooperative introducing computer technology at a Moscow university, having Jewish roots, had access to the first mass-produced personal computers

imported from abroad. Malkin’s first fortune, along with his colleague Bidzina Iwaniszwili, was allocated to the “Agroprogress” cooperative, which was to “promote” computer technologies. It is worth stopping here and seeing who Malkin’s partner at the time – later known as Bidzina Iwaniszwili.

Georgian partner

Bidzina, Georgian billionaire and politician. The leader of the Georgian Dream coalition, which won the parliamentary elections in October 2012. Prime Minister of Georgia from October 25, 2012, to November 20, 2013. According to Forbes magazine, the value of his assets in 2009 amounted to USD 3.2 billion and systematically increased over the next three years. In March 2012, as Georgia’s richest man, he was ranked 153rd on Forbes’ richest people list with a net worth of $ 6.4 billion. His fortune was half of the annual Georgian budget (https://www.forbes.com/profile/borisivanishvili/).

(photo credit: CIVIL.GE)

                                            (photo credit: CIVIL.GE)

He suddenly appeared in Georgian politics in 2011, interestingly in the same year, he owned a minority stake in Russian Gazprom worth 1.5 billion dollars. Ivanishvili created a new political party from scratch and gathered around him opponents of the then-president Mikheil Saakashvili, who was criticized by the opposition, among others for violating human rights, especially in prisons. But it was Saakashvili after the “Rose Revolution” who

transformed Georgia from the most criminal state in the Caucasus into the most secure, fighting the gigantic scale of corruption along the way.

Residence of Iwaniszwili in Tiblisi

                                        Residence of Iwaniszwili in Tiblisi

In the media, Bidzina says that he would rather be a fruit grower than a politician. In fact, it is successful on both levels. His party has been in power continuously since 2012, and he is surrounded by nature wherever he can. He even built a residence for himself in the Tbilisi Botanical Park. But this is not his only property. More beautiful and larger, because it covers 260,497 m2, it is located on the shores of the Black Sea, surrounded by subtropical greenery, separated by a tight fence from the eye of an interesting passerby. There, Bidzina realizes itself as a fruit grower.

The Russian-Georgian Dream, or the rise of Uncle’s power

Coming back, however, to the 1990s and the fledgling Russian, post-Soviet psedo capitalism and cooperation on the Malkin Iwaniszwili line. As can be seen from many Russian websites devoted to the activities of oligarchs (in this case also: https://hrmonitor.ru/bio/vitalij- malkin.html), the next business step in the path of this business duo that made their first big money in hard currency was to set up a bank called OJSC Bank Russian Credit. In 1996, it was the seventh-largest bank in Russia by assets. In 1997, the bank was transformed into a joint-stock company. Due to the Russian financial crisis in 1998, the Russian Loan became insolvent and lost most of its clients, and hence also deposits – despite this, the bank stayed on the surface. However, Malkin left the company in 2005, and Ivanishvili in 2012. In 2016, the

bank’s license was withdrawn, and therefore its activity had to be suspended. The businessman received a minority stake in a company specializing in oil and gas. In 2011, the company was sold to Rosneft, followed by the career of the Russian-Georgian duo with the purchase of a number of newly privatized Russian mining plants. In 2002, they sold their combined metallurgical assets for about $ 2.2 billion.

In 2012, Malkin’s official tax returns showed that he was the richest member of Russia’s upper house of parliament (Federation House), earning $ 33.6 million in 2011 alone. He resigned from parliament in 2013 after allegations that he illegally held dual Israeli and Russian citizenship and significant assets. His efforts to obtain Canadian citizenship were repeatedly rejected due to reports that the government was concerned about alleged ties to organized crime as reported in The Times (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/vitalymalkin- the-philosophical-oligarch-hoping-to-turn-his book-into-a-bestseller-fb7hg3m3t).

Cooperation with “Uncle”

It was for him that we arranged the girls through Gosai’s agency. Gosia was one of the people who used my and Kinia’s services. Kenia knew Gosia longer than I did, I had no specific knowledge about her. Always according to her guidelines, I sent certain girls to the same client, which is Vitaly. I did not know then that Gosia is like Vitaly’s agent for Poland, who has a clearly defined task: searching for new victims of the “sexual gains” of a powerful Russian oligarch. One of such girls was Magda, who confided to me what happened on one of such trips :

“We went to Moscow, he hosted the girls most often there. There were always several of them. I saw that not all of them were of legal age. He welcomed us in his very expensive palace in a villa district near Moscow. His wife had access to the huge house, and in this case, he had a special tunnel dug to avoid meeting with his spouse. He was obsessed with our age. I noticed that our passports were checked during our stay in order to verify our date of birth.”

Magda reported.

Photo credit: vitalymalkine.com

         Photo credit: vitalymalkine.com

“We often lied to Vitaly (with Gosia’s permission) about the age of the girls, as his requirements seemed to be pedophilic. Girls often got into a row over the fact that he had been deceived about their age. We chose girls of his type of beauty, which he always accepted. The issue that led to the controversy was age.”

As reported by Magda.

“ During my stay, we saw Vitaly’s irritated people. Russian bunny girls said that he was furious because he found out that one of the girls had lowered her age. One Ukrainian woman was allegedly kidnapped and burned her passport, he expected that she was 15, not 19. I completely did not understand the oligarch’s motives.”

 To be continued…….

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Esteban Jimenez Story!From A Dreamer Boy To A Successful Entrepreneur

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Esteban Jimenez

Esteban Jimenez is a venezuelan entrepreneur, CEO and founder of two companies dedicated to restoring and modify cars, Luxtires and ForceMotorsport. He dreamed about it his entire life, since he was a child, he wanted to dedicate his life and career to cars and motorcycles. From a very young age, he was surrounded by friends and family that encourage and support him in his passion. Esteban tells us first-hand how his childhood and his closeness to people and jobs related to the area, influenced his preparation to become the successful man he is today.

He was born in Venezuela. Since he was a little child, his parents, Yolimar Romer and Luis Jimenez involved him in the business of restoring and modification and restoration of cars, because it was the family business of them. “I grew up surrounded and exposed to that environment because my father’s family have always worked on it.”

In fact, he started working at a very early age: “my first job was in my 14, with my dad at a bodyshop restoring and repairing cars. That was my first experience in the area, and even if I was very young and the activities were more as an assistant, I can consider it my first learning, and later, it will be what motivates me to keep learning, this experience gave me the passion for what I do today. My childhood was very happy, and the more I got close to the world of cars, the more I got passionate about”

His father was the first one who gave him the opportunity of getting involved in the area, that is why he became and he has always been his model to follow. “He was a good father, he always believed in me so he gave me the examples needed to improve my skills”. Esteban also followed closely the careers of Foose and Richard Rawlings.

When ha was a teenager, his relatives always support him, and they were the ones that convinced him to work as an independent, and then he could finally found his first company in Venezuela, dedicated to the car`s restoration and transformation. At that moment, it was a very good business opportunity in that country, because the company offered a brand-new service in the Venezuelan market.

The knowledge he acquired in Venezuela gave him the opportunity to found two companies in Miami, Florida, where he lives since 2016, Luxtires and ForceMotorsport, where he keeps innovating and creating techniques and equipments for his customers.

Knowing a little more about his early years, he considers that his experiences became him into the man he is today: “there are good and bad experiences in life, but all of them teach you something to make you a better person, and everything that happened in my life made me decide that I wanted to work on this, for me and for my family. This is what I love, and if I can help others to reach things they want for them, why wouldn’t I? If I can give an advice, there it goes: if you have a dream, that you truly believe it can get better and you will produce something useful for others, then work for that. If you want that and work for that, you will achieve it. Everything is possible”

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Marko Stout -The best known Artist in New York City.

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New York and art. The big apple is full of many museums, art galleries and graffiti. But if you ask anyone in downtown New York City who they think the best and coolest artist is, most will reply ‘Marko Stout.’ His fame has earned him an immense cult following of ardent fans and loyal art lovers who see him as the next Andy Warhol. In fact, because of the tremendous stir around him.

Marko Stout is a popular New York-based artist renowned for his raw pictorial pop narrative approach, saturated in vigorous color and topical expression that resonates with the viewer! Celebrated for his innate ability to entwine styles of the gritty urban world- particularly NYC with the erotic aura of feminine ferocity, Marko’s inventive work has taken Manhattan by storm

Marko Stout user gallery

This user gallery has been created by an independent third party and may not represent the views of the institutions whose collections include the featured works or of Google Arts & Culture.

Marko Stout is a multimedia, digital, and film artist based out of New York City, best known for his stimulating narratives of contemporary urban society, where subjects often appear in a moderate state of distress, overwhelmed by their modern high-tech uber-paced environment, while still maintaining a chic detached sexy demeanor of a sophisticated twenty-first-century city dweller

According to Hollywood Magazine; Marko Stout depicts contemporary society amidst the grit, energy, and excitement of modern city life.”

Marko’s art fans have been attracted to his pieces because of their vibrant colors and the cool NYC theming that are different from others. Marco’s solo exhibitions have been attended worldwide from New York, London, Los Angeles, Brussels, and Miami, New Jersey to Paris. He’s been on many covers and headlines of magazines like City Limits, Huff Post, The Entrepreneur Magazine, LA Journal, Forbes Magazine, Times Square Chronicles, and Splash Magazine.

Marko Stout is well known for his video art installations and his establishment of New York City micro cinema, a grittier style of experimental French new wave art cinema with film noir influences. Marko’s exhibitions usually include experimental film and video installation pieces characterized by unconventional narrative structures and the use of everyday urban subjects. For his works, Marko often uses the digital media of modern film and video, which he presents in various cinematic locations, gallery and museum installations, and nightclubs.

Marko Stout NFT

Many in the art world, including prominent dealers, are excited about the announced release of NFT by acclaimed New York artist Marko Stout, whom many media are calling “the next Andy Warhol.” The upcoming NFT collection is based on the artist’s most recent works and will debut on OpenSea, the online non-fungible token marketplace also based in New York this spring.

The idea of owning a digital asset appeals to many people, but not all of them know how to make this dream a reality. This is the perfect investment option for you these days! Marko Stout NFT gives you bragging rights and a sense of exclusivity. Simply owning one of these tokens will trick people into thinking you’re an insider or aficionado with access to unique opportunities not available to everyone, which can be a great way to socially network or professionally. You enter the ground floor of an artist’s first wave of blockchain work.

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