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Playhouse plan

Worried about spoiling your children? Fear not, the bar has just been raised significantly by a Chinese mum who purchased a $6.5 million apartment in Manhattan for her toddler. The Tiger Mom told Kevin Brown, a Sotheby’s employee in New York, that she was buying the property so that her daughter – currently two – could live there when she gets into Columbia or NYU. “I was shocked,” Brown told CCTV, the channel that ran the report. The flat is in One57, a 90-floor skyscraper that overlooks Central Park.The building, which is yet to be completed, features a 24-foot aquarium, a private ‘arts and crafts atelier’ and even a special washroom for pets.

Although the woman was not named, many netizens felt they had a good idea of her background. “When they move that will be one more ‘naked official’ in China,” one netizen wrote, using the slang term that describes government employees who send ill-gotten gains abroad, often with their families in tow. “This is money laundering, nothing else,” wrote another.


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