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The Year REBNY Tried to Get Cool

And the real power players left early.
  1. Meet Eric Adams’s Other Brooklyn Apartment An unofficial tour of the Prospect Heights co-op he forgot he still owned.
  2. The Austin Broker With a Robust Country-Club Client Base “A colleague sends me some stats from the Census Bureau saying that Austin’s population is increasing by 146 people every day. Wowza!”
  3. Julia Haart’s $65 Million Penthouse Is Politically Neutral Also it’s technically not her apartment.
  4. Rent-Stabilized Apartments Are About to Get More Expensive The Rent Guidelines Board voted, tenants booed, landlords cleaned up.
  5. Billionaires Think a Recession Will Force You Back Into the Office Stephen Ross and friends smell worker desperation in the water.
  6. What Landlords Privately Think About the Real-Estate Boom “Why shouldn’t I charge what I can charge? Doesn’t that sound nasty, though?”
  7. For Rent: Two-Bedroom, Great Light, and a Tenant With COVID Who is about to show you the apartment.
  8. The 3-Day Return to Office Is, So Far, a Dud Hybrid work is supposed to be the future of the office. Except a lot of people just don’t like it.
  9. Checking In With the Real-Estate Brokers Who Stormed the Capitol And their current listings, from Chicago’s Trump Tower to a Colorado car wash franchise.
  10. Why Do the Men of SNL Live in Such Horrifying Apartments? Live from New York … wow, this is kind of a dump, huh?
  11. What Is Going On With This Architect and the Buildings He Fake-Approved? The strange case of Warren L. Schiffman and the Marx Development Group.
  12. The Hamptons Broker Whose Clients Think $60,000 a Month is a Great Deal “My colleague has this funny line that I thought was fitting here: ‘This is the Hamptons, honey. We can disappoint you at any price point.’”
  13. 49 Days to Find a Not-Horrible Apartment “Even if you could imagine this unit being clean, it still would have a general ambiance I can only describe as serial-killer-y.”
  14. Kelly Killoren Bensimon Assesses Jeffrey Epstein’s Island “Oh my gosh, the real Scary Island.”
  15. The Williamsburg Hotel’s Drawn-Out, Chaotic Bankruptcy Process “I do have some concern that he’ll do something really stupid here.”
  16. The 11-Bedroom Mansion Your Silent Workday Bought Slack founder finds a happy, $32 million home in Southampton.
  17. A Long, Strange Year of Rent Relief It was a tedious, administrative nightmare. It also (mostly) worked.
  18. The Landlords Embarrassed to Be Called Landlords “I cringe when I hear it, and when I say it.”
  19. WeWork Thinks It’s a Good Time to Be WeWork The company sees itself thriving as return-to-office plans flop.
  20. 60 Days to Find a Not-Horrible Apartment for a Family of 4 The first installment of Emily Gould’s search for a two-bedroom.
  21. An Anti-Airbnb Activist Rented Her House on Airbnb And the city collectively lost its mind.
  22. Cuck Money Is the New Key Money Get ready to raise your own rent.
  23. The Ugliest Divorce in Manhattan Real Estate HFZ’s luxury developers staked their futures on Bjarke Ingels’s High Line debut and lost everything.
  24. Landlords Can Now Screen Your Pet’s ‘Credit Score’ And charge you accordingly.
  25. Japanese Company Realizes the American Dream, Buys Single-Family Homes If only everyone else could too.
  26. All Split Up and Nowhere to Go Are pandemic breakups behind the city’s insane one-bedroom shortage?
  27. What’s Wrong With Steve Roth’s $21 Million Montauk Beach House? The developer behind one of Manhattan’s most successful condos can’t find a taker for his own Hamptons place.
  28. Housing Court Is Breaking Watching the quiet chaos unfold in a Queens courtroom.
  29. More Luxury Developments Are Apparently Falling Apart We are spotting a trend.
  30. The Townhouse That Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olsen Never Moved Into Is Back The astounding ballroom with 22-foot coffered ceilings remains intact.
  31. We Unearthed 10 Actually Excellent Rentals in NYC Right Now This week’s finds includes a Boerum Hill two-bedroom with multiple skylights and a 700-square-foot Fort Greene apartment asking $2,600.
  32. A $335,000 Upper West Side Studio and a Parkside Windsor Terrace Two-Bedroom Plus a loftlike one-bedroom near Yankee Stadium.
  33. Just an Extremely Lovely Greek Revival House in Hudson The first floor is especially grand, with ten-foot ceilings and three parlor rooms.
  34. Is This a Boat? Miami officials say no.
  35. A $650,000 Bed-Stuy One-Bedroom Condo and an Upper West Side Brownstone Duplex Plus a 1,000-square-foot prewar two-bedroom in Inwood.
  36. Rebel Wilson Is Selling Her House on Instagram But she won’t tag her broker.
  37. The 59-Story Walk-up No one can figure out what’s wrong at the luxury Financial District high-rise.
  38. A Greenwich Village Townhouse With a Massive Antique Door and Colorful Tiles Since 1968, the townhouse has belonged to the family of George Pitt, who, as his son Alexander says, was “the Don Draper of Greenwich Village.”
  39. How Airbnb Reinvented Itself As the World’s Crisis-Housing Provider In times of disaster, from war in Ukraine to wildfires in California, the platform is hoping to become something closer to critical infrastructure.
  40. A $565,000 Gramercy Park Studio and a Renovated Condo at the Ansonia Plus a prewar one-bedroom in Chelsea with an arched brick fireplace.
  41. StreetEasy Tries to Dominate Field and Placate Agents The listings giant will no longer ban agents for not following its prompt posting policy, but it’s not ceding much (if any) power.
  42. A Pristine William Lescaze Modernist Townhouse on East 70th Street It’s Lescaze’s third and last townhouse in Manhattan — and the most thoroughly restored.
  43. The Supply-Chain Shortage Hits Home Stagers The supply-chain shortage in sofas and everything else has forced stagers to stockpile pillows and drive hours for used furniture.
  44. A $595,000 Gramercy Park Studio and a West Village Corner Spot This week’s roundup also includes a Morningside Heights two-bedroom with 10-foot beamed ceilings.
  45. An Architect-Historian’s Carefully Preserved 1894 Townhouse in Park Slope Its most recent steward is the family of Elliot Willensky, who lived here while working on the very first AIA Guide to New York City.
  46. A Soaring East 57th Street Duplex Last Sold More Than 50 Years Ago The apartment has a two-story living room with 18-foot ceilings and enormous casement windows.
  47. Secret Staircases and Gold Everything: A Tour of Russian-Billionaire New York If the government seizes any of it, we call first dibs.
  48. TikTok Is the Hot New Place to Melt Down About Rent Increases “Tell me you just got your NYC rent increase notice without telling MEEEE”
  49. I’m a Contractor for New York City’s Wealthiest, Most Secretive Clients On NDAs, skirting the law, and $6,000 hinges.
  50. A $375,000 Sunset Park One-Bedroom and a Brooklyn Heights Cul-de-sac Two-Bedroom This week’s roundup also includes a Prospect Heights corner two-bedroom with at least one window on all four sides.
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