In their words...

“I live in Chelsea, I have a house on Fire Island, I’m redesigning the Pines — how much more faggy can you get? ... I’m probably gayer than I’ve ever been.”
Charles Renfro, a partner at architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, on how being gay has influenced his work. (Out magazine)

The month’s funniest and most insightful comments from real estate pros

“I was thinking about moving to Brooklyn. But I hope to move to the Upper East Side in the next year and a half.”
NYC mayoral candidate Tom Allon, on whether or not he would live at Gracie Mansion if elected. (Wall Street Journal)

“While Blockbuster Video put Upper East Side residents on the couch, House of Jai will get them up and moving again.”
Jeffrey Roseman, executive vice president and principal of Newmark Knight Frank Retail, on House of Jai Yoga moving into a space previously occupied by Blockbuster Video.

“Most people are lazy — to my benefit.”
Jonathan Ingber, founder of the commercial real estate information service Actovia.

“People are unitunit ed in this tiny, few-block area. They’re all the theater rats, and they don’t care about living well.”
Candice Bergen, star of Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” on Broadway, on Manhattan’s theater district. (New York magazine)

“The problem is really simple: The food vendors, with about five exceptions, are the ugliest collection of miserable-looking vehicles we’ve ever seen.”
Dan Biederman, head of the 34th Street Partnership, arguing to decrease the number of street-food vendor licenses. (DNAinfo)

“Rick Santorum has as much chance of being the GOP nominee as Rosie [O’Donnell] does of ever having a successful television show.”
Donald Trump. (Twitter)

“If you define success as taxing smallbusiness owners and making their lives miserable, the letter grades have been a complete success.”
Andrew Rigie, an executive vice president at the New York State Restaurant Association, regarding the city’s lettergrade system for restaurants. (Crain’s)

“You’re starting to see everyone show up to the party wearing the same outfit.”
Cy Wilson, global director of interior design for Starwood Hotels, on more Manhattan buildings adopting displays of multicolored lighting. (Wall Street Journal)
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“Home Goods, love Home Goods! Loaves and Fishes, TJ Maxx.”
“The Real Housewives of NYC” star Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, when asked about her go-to home stores. (Refinery29)

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