[Slowhand] Moby Gas Deal

David Strahl candyear at earthlink.net
Thu Oct 16 14:43:39 EDT 2008

Unfortunately being a hypocrite has become part of modern life. What
we say and what we do can be very separate things. He's just another
victim of the seduction of money. He's not alone.

On Oct 16, 2008, at 12:04 PM, slowhand-request at planet-torque.com wrote:

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> 1. Donated by Eric Clapton (John Mills)


> From: "John Mills" <turbineltd at btconnect.com>

> Date: October 15, 2008 12:57:38 PM EDT

> To: <slowhand at planet-torque.com>

> Subject: [Slowhand] Donated by Eric Clapton



> http://www.observer.com/2008/real-estate/what-gas-texas-mogul-

> streams-4-3-m-moby-and-pals-stuy-square-spread


> What a Gas! Texas Mogul Streams $4.3 M. to Moby and Pals for Stuy

> Square

> Spread

> by Max Abelson

> October 14, 2008


> This article was published in the October 20, 2008, edition of The

> New York

> Observer.

> There are certain things about Moby-his nonthreatening electronic

> music, his

> bald and bespectacled whiteness, his cutely named old tea shop on

> Rivington

> Street, his pro-vegan, pro-Tibet, pro-environment advocacy work-

> that makes

> one think he doesn't take kindly to Houston oil or gas moguls.

> The kind of person who, in interviews, produces sentences like "The

> primary

> cause of deforestation in the third world is to create grazing land

> for

> cattle. Then there's the amount of waste that is produced by factory

> farming" is also the kind of person who wouldn't want to sell a

> massive

> East Village sprawl with 23-foot-high stenciled ceilings to an NFL

> co-owner

> and natural gas options broker.

> But New York real estate is a funny thing.

> According to city records, gas broker Javier Loya and his interior

> designer

> wife, Lucinda, have bought a four-floor, six-room, three-bedroom

> unit at

> Landmark 17, a Victorian Gothic building on Stuyvesant Square that

> once

> housed a convent and rehab facility. The couple paid $4.35 million

> to a

> group of investors that included Moby.

> Their new place includes a room that was originally the convent's

> chapel.

> Texans apparently love buying up New York's holiest residential

> spaces; last

> year, The Observer reported that Dallas computing and oil magnate

> Sam Wyly

> spent $3.05 million on an apartment in a converted Washington

> Square church.

> Mr. Loya is not only the president and CEO of CHOICE! Energy ("one

> of the

> first institutional natural gas brokerage houses following industry

> wide

> deregulation," its Web site says), but a co-owner of the Houston

> Texans. He

> made the news earlier this year when the NFL was reportedly looking

> into

> allegations that Mr. Loya is a high-stakes gambler.

> The listing with Elliman's Tamir Shemesh and Ami Rothschild says

> the place

> has 3,486 square feet of interior space (plus a tad more outdoors),

> and also

> includes the curious phrase "Donated by Eric Clapton in 1992." Mr.

> Shemesh

> explained this week that Mr. Clapton had paid to have the chapel

> room in Mr.

> Loya's new apartment refurbished when the building was a Hazelden

> rehabilitation facility.

> The deal, filed in city records late last week, closed in July.

> mabelson at observer.com





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