No. 83: Printed cars, a wicked Moustache and $1 million a foot public transit

Russian right over: The local daily has been urging Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov to come by and chat with Nassau County officials now that the Russian billionaire has taken a controlling interest in the Coliseum revamp, the first shovel on which was turned yesterday. Prokhorov doesn’t visit the United States frequently – he attends only about 10 Nets games a year – but should he drop by, here’s a few conversation starters for Team Mangano:

  • Prokhorov is 6-foot-8.
  • He exercises for up to five hours a day on weekends and holidays.
  • Doesn’t own a cell phone and eschews computers.
  • He’s a master of the Tibetan martial art Tescao.
  • Occasionally performs hip hop.
  • His net worth has slipped, from $18 billion to about $9 billion.
  • Related quote: “If you know how rich you are, you are not a billionaire.”
  • Rap sheet: Once arrested by the French for providing prostitutes to house guests. Charges later dropped.

TGIF: A good Nov. 6 everybody and welcome new readers. New York women got the right to vote on this day in 1917. Glenn Frey is 66.

Smart management: Wells Fargo’s Pat Janco and Becky Creavin have been named to Smart CEO’s 2015 top money managers list, the only winners from Long Island.

Price hike ahead: Wine Advocate writer Mark Squires has discovered Long Island wines. The big winners in Squires’ latest round of glow: Paumanok’s 2013 cab and a jolly merlot that side steps the bombastic. (Unlike most reviewers.)

Twice as good: Innovator of the Year winner Moustache Brewing Co. is releasing a special two-bottle set of its prized 42 barley wine, one freshly brewed, the other from last year’s release that has been aged in a red-wine cask for 378 days. Snifter and towel included.

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Stuff we’re going to: Technology Cares For Long Island, benefiting Island Harvest, Monday, Nov. 9, the Refuge on 110, $15 donation requested, register here.

LI Tech Day, Nov. 10, free for spectators.

The LI STEAM Conference, Nov. 17, LaunchPad Huntington, free for all. (And in more ways than one.)


East Side Access update: Working around current train traffic and having to freeze the dirt before removing it are just a couple of the hurdles facing the tunnel project, which is inching forward, now on schedule, at $1 million per square foot.

More creative than TVs, she means: NYC plans a trio of new biotech spaces, plus a center for creative business in a city-owned Union Square building that has housed a PC Richard & Son store for the last 19 years. Development chief Maria Torres-Springer called it “finding creative uses for the assets we have in a city where space is harder and harder to come by.”

Stick to oysters: The NYC health department is warning residents away from a claimed aphrodisiac that killed a 39-year old man last week. Known as Love Stone or China Rock, it’s actually laced with toad venom.

Upstate watch: New York has engineered a plan to avoid plant closures related to the Kraft Heinz merger. The state will invest $20 million to modernize facilities in Avon, Walton and Lowville, sparing 500 jobs, while the company has agreed to delay closure of its Campbell plant, at which another 400 toil, for up to two years.

Bullish on low-carbon: Goldman Sachs has tripled its short-term target for clean energy financing and investment, to $150 billion.

It really ads up: OfferUp is one of a handful of startups looking to challenge Craigslist, the online classifieds king that is expected to gross $380 million this year … and pocket $300 million of it. Other pretenders: 5miles, Listia and Wallapop.

Hot off the presses: Local Motors offers a 3-D printed car for just $53,000.

Carefully avoiding the word die: CareCube is a six-sided wireless gizmo that hospital patients can roll to summon help. Default settings are a doing-just-fine happy face, plus sides that trigger requests for food, water, housekeeping, temperature adjustment and help using the restroom. The device saves nurses at least six hours per week, its maker claims.

Available next spring: Gail Goodman, current CEO of Constant Contact, will be looking for a new gig after her firm’s acquisition by Endurance Group is finalized.

Left Coast buzz: Will Zuckerberg take paternity leave?

Made from scratch: The Germans have invented a high-tech comb that kills head lice with plasma, avoiding toxic shampoos.


And yes, they’re kosher: The hottest new Jewish food in marijuana-friendly Colorado? Magic matzo balls.

Um, put the bush back? The Royal Collection Trust, which manages the art collection of the British royal family, uncovered an unwelcome detail in a 1643 work by Dutch painter Isack van Ostade as the painting was being cleaned. Underneath a bush that was not original to the painting and removed: A squatting man relieving himself.

Cranberries extra: Tired of the brined-up, low-taste, engineered turkeys on sale at your local supermarket? Heritage birds, descendants of what the Pilgrims would have dined on, are now available for discerning givers of thanks. For $250.

Dancing dirty: Smithsonian magazine celebrates Jennie Grossinger, Queen of the Borscht Belt.

Lastly: Why Mormons make the best CIA officers.


I do want fries with that: If you define technological success by menu prices, we’re in good shape, Long Island.

Related: Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky says you have to be “shameless” to win as a startup. And he was.

Education, the next frontier: Calverton software startup Buncee, heretofore self-funded, is out raising $3 million or so to take its ed-tech division to the next level.

Signature accomplishment: Fred Dunwoody started out to be an architect. Now he’s helping design the future of digital writing.

Moving on up: Bettr, the software juggernaut launched last year by two Hofstra students, is staffing up at LaunchPad Mineola.

All in all, a good week: Henry Schein bought two companies and then posted fabulous earnings.

Logo motion: North Shore-LIJ unveiled the logo it will use as it transitions to Northwell Health. (Meh.)

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.