Grindr founder snaps up Gramercy penthouse listed at $29.5M

first_img Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Celebrity Real EstatepenthousesResidential Real Estate Full Name* Message* Joel Simkhai and a rendering of 215 East 19th Street (Photos via Getty, Gramercy Square/Woods Bagot)A Gramercy Park penthouse was love at first sight for Grindr founder Joel Simkhai, according to the New York Post.Simkhai, who sold his dating app in 2018 for around $245 million, bought the unit at 215 East 19th Street, which was asking $29.5 million, a mere 30 days after it hit the market, the newspaper reported.The story was unsourced but did name the listing broker, Douglas Elliman’s Richard Steinberg.Read moreLoss for LeBron? King James lists Brentwood mansion“Breaking” news: Bryan Cranston lists eco-friendly SoCal beach pad“Emily in Paris” star Lily Collins finds buyer for Beverly Hills home Last year, Simkhai listed his Los Angeles home, at 7100 La Presa Drive, for $9.95 million, three years after buying it for $10.5 million. He also owns a Hollywood Hills home, which he purchased for $13 million.The 7,000-square-foot Gramercy apartment comes with five bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms and a 5,680-square-foot, private, landscaped roof terrace with panoramic city views.The garden also features an outdoor kitchen, a lounge and room for a pool. Inside, there’s a great room with 18-foot ceilings and glass windows and an open chef’s kitchen.Building amenities include access to the Gramercy Club, which features a gym, spa, pool, residents’ lounge, dining room, playroom and “tween” room.Simkhai departed as Grindr CEO after Chinese tech firm Kunlun Group completed its acquisition of the gay dating app, which at the time had 3.8 million daily users.[NYP] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Email Address*last_img read more

Yogyakarta woman creates ‘transparent mask’ to help the deaf communicate in time of coronavirus

first_imgCOVID-19 has changed the way people interact with one another, especially with the physical distancing measures in place. It has made basic everyday interactions difficult for most people, including for the deaf community who regularly rely on subtle facial cues to communicate with others.As more people make a habit out of wearing masks to protect themselves from the contagious virus, communication increasingly becomes a challenge for the deaf community. The problem is masks cover the mouth and the nose area, obscuring visual signs that are otherwise essential for deaf people communicating with others.Fully cognizant of the issue, Dwi Rahayu Februarti has taken it upon herself to come up with a transparent mask design that aims to make communication a little easier for deaf people during the current health crisis. Dwi, who is head of the local chapter of the Movement for Indonesian Deaf People’s Welfare (Gerkatin), said her design for a transparent facemask was inspired by a similar idea shared by National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) official Bahrul Fuad on Facebook.Her mask design, which replaces the middle section with transparent plastic, is expected to help deaf people to communicate more naturally as it allows them to lip-read.The current design has been constantly improved upon feedback from fellow deaf people in her community. The transparent part of the mask, for instance, has been slightly curved to leave ample breathing room for its user, she said.She went on to say that making a transparent mask was more challenging than producing its conventional counterpart, as one must ensure that the transparent section is precisely aligned to show the mouth of the wearer.Although Dwi has yet to establish any production targets, she said the demand for the transparent mask was high. She hoped that the design would gain mainstream adoption.“I plan to record a video on how to produce the transparent mask so that other members of Gerkatin may be able to make their own masks,” Dwi said, adding that her masks had been positively received by the local deaf community. Topics :center_img The 41-year-old resident of Sinduadi village, Mlati district in Sleman regency in Yogyakarta said the need for masks that allowed others to see lip movements had become increasingly urgent.“It’s especially worrying since [conventional masks] limit our ability to communicate,” Dwi told The Jakarta Post on Monday. “We often face difficulties speaking with doctors because they also wear conventional masks.”As of Monday afternoon, Yogyakarta had recorded at least 57 confirmed COVID-19 cases with seven deaths linked to the disease, out of the nationwide official tally of 4,557 infections and 399 fatalities.Read also: COVID-19 news is not all bad. Read this to stay positivelast_img read more