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He Left a Fortune, to No One

He Left a Fortune, to No One

When Roman Blum died last year at age 97, his body lingered in the Staten Island University Hospital morgue for four days, until a rabbi at the hospital was able to track down his lawyer.

Mr. Blum, a Holocaust survivor and real estate developer, left behind no heirs and no surviving family members — his former wife died in 1992 and the couple was childless. His funeral, held graveside at the New Montefiore Jewish Cemetery in West Babylon, N.Y., was attended by a small number of mourners, most of them elderly fellow survivors or children of survivors.

Nanny On A Mission

(The New York Times) Sue Downey was standing before a packed room in Midtown recently, extolling the benefits of cotton balls.

“The most fun you will ever have with a 7-year-old is a cotton ball, a straw and a wood floor,” she said, telling the 90 nannies in the audience to use the straw to blow the ball from one end of the room to the other. “Now, introduce a stopwatch to the game, and they can also practice telling time.”

The Saturday seminar, which covered topics like early-childhood development, résumé building and mental health, was the brainchild of Alene Mathurin, a nanny and organizer. After the presentation by Ms. Downey, a nanny in Philadelphia, Ms. Mathurin took the microphone.

“I want you to stand up and close your eyes,” Ms. Mathurin said in her singsong Caribbean accent. “I want you to picture yourself exactly how you see yourself, and I want to tell you some things about yourself. “I want you to know that you are beautiful. I want you to know that you are enough.” Some of the nannies called out in agreement. “I want you to know that you are all woman. And while you are doing this, I want you to exhale.”

Ms. Mathurin, 43, is the founder of My Nanny Circle, a grass-roots group that focuses on the training and empowerment of caregivers. The organization is not political, but on this particular Saturday, it was impossible to ignore the events that had unfolded in Washington the day before. President Trump had signed an executive order curtailing immigration, and anxieties were high. According to the Economic Policy Institute, a research organization in Washington, about 38 percent of nannies in New York State are non-naturalized immigrants.

How Fredrik Eklund, Broker and Reality TV Star, Spends His Sundays

(The New York Times) You could say that the Swedish-born Fredrik Eklund, 39, is a triple threat. Besides being an associate real estate broker at Douglas Elliman, he is a star of a Bravo reality series, “Million Dollar Listing New York,” which just wrapped up its fifth season, and an author of “The Sell: The Secrets of Selling Anything to Anyone.” When he is not in front of the camera, writing or selling, Mr. Eklund likes to relax with his husband, Derek Kaplan, 41, an abstract painter, and their miniature dachshunds, Mini Mouse and Fritzy, who all live in a three-bedroom loft in TriBeCa