The Brick Underground Podcast

Where true New York City living -- the places, buildings, and culture -- collide. It's the Brick Underground Podcast, from As New York City's most popular and trusted source of real estate advice, BrickUnderground speaks directly to New Yorkers seeking solutions to their real-estate and apartment-dwelling needs.
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Jun 1, 2018

In this episode of the Brick Underground Podcast, host Nathan Tempey tackles the topic of buying the apartment next door to combine it with your own. Brokers Peggy Dahan of Siderow Residential Group and Tiga McLoyd of Citi Habitats share their experience from helping apartment buyers achieve their dreams of expanding, and Dahan talks about how she did it herself. 

May 1, 2018

This month, host Nathan Tempey takes on the ongoing uncertainty in the New York City real estate market. Noah Rosenblatt, founder of the real estate analytics platform Urban Digs, and Donna Olshan, founder of Olshan Realty and author of the Olshan Luxury Market Report, stop by the studio to share wisdom about buying or selling an apartment in the current buyer's market.

Apr 2, 2018

New York is a city of renters. In this episode, host Nathan Tempey explores the landlord-tenant relationship. He sits down with Yale Fox, who created the tech-driven site Rentlogic that systematically rates buildings to help renters make informed choices. And Arik Lifshitz of the the family-owned DSA Property Group joins the conversation to offer the landlord's perspective.

Mar 1, 2018

In this episode, host Nathan Tempey takes on a huge topic in New York City real estate: renovation. Whether you're thinking about renovating, have lived through a renovation, or have sworn you will never take on a fixer upper, there's something in this episode for you. Architect Jean Brownhill, founder and CEO of Sweeten, a company that matches New York-area homeowners with contractors, offers professional and personal advice. And photographer Emily Gilbert shares her triumphs and failures after living though her own renovation project.

Feb 1, 2018
New York City has a history of giving tenants many legal rights. But enforcing those rights can land renters on the dreaded tenant blacklist. In this episode, attorney James Fishman talks about the blacklist, which isn't a single list at all, and offers advice to tenants concerned about ending up on it.
Jan 1, 2018

The Brick Underground Podcast takes a look at what lies ahead for New York City real estate in 2018. Appraiser Jonathan Miller joins hosts Alanna Schubach and Nathan Tempey in the studio to talk about the impact of Republican tax plan, the impending L-train shutdown and more.


Dec 1, 2017

When you've outgrown your Brooklyn apartment, do you leave the city, or try to upgrade? Brick Underground Podcast hosts Alanna Schubach and Nathan Tempey talk to journalist Georgia Kral about her quest for a larger place and how she ultimately decided to stay in her small, fourth-floor walk up with her growing family. The hosts also answer real estate questions from Brick Underground readers.

Nov 1, 2017

It's the third season of The Brick Underground Podcast. In our first episode, we discuss everything you need to know to enter and hopefully win New York's affordable housing lottery. Hosts Alanna Schubach and Nathan Tempey talk to Max Jaeger of the New York Post, who is living proof that it is possible to land an affordable apartment here in New York City.  

Sep 12, 2017
What’s it like to navigate New York City in a wheelchair? And what are the challenges for New Yorkers living with disabilities?
The Brick Underground’s late podcast host, Jhoanna Robledo, asked these questions in an interview with Victor Calise, New York’s Commissioner in the Mayor’s office for People with Disabilities.  It was her final episode, now posthumously released.
Aug 15, 2017
The Brick Underground podcast was created by our host, Editor-in-Chief, Jhoanna Robledo.  Jhoanna, who was full of life, died in July after a battle with a rare and aggressive cancer. She was 46 and is survived by her husband and 3 children.
Jhoanna was a remarkable and multi-talented person. She was an extraordinary writer, reporter and photographer with an expertise in New York City real estate.
But she was also a gifted audio storyteller. She started out in radio and was passionate about the podcast.  Jhoanna ensured that the show tackle important issues, including immigrant rights, along with how-to-guides about living well and surviving New York City real estate. 
When Jhoanna received her diagnosis, she was working on a podcast about how people with disabilities navigate New York City. Her final episode will post in September.
May 30, 2017
Every year in spring and early summer, thousands of new graduates arrive in the city--or, if they're at college here, decide to stay--to find new jobs and new apartments. We talk to a few new grads, and share tips and hard-fought wisdom about finding a post-collegiate home with those trading P-sets and dorm food for paychecks and the post-grad hustle. 
May 1, 2017

Fresh off our successful First-Time Buyers theme week on Brick Underground, our editors walk newcomers through the NYC real estate scene, including the pros and cons and dos and don'ts—plus the many trials and tribulations—of buying an apartment in these five boroughs. 


Mar 31, 2017


Feb 15, 2017

With his borough increasingly in the sights of developers in search of neighborhoods to build in and newcomers looking for a more affordable place to live, we sat down with blogger Ed García Conde to talk about the Bronx's gentrification woes, its deep and fascinating history, its hidden gems, what it's like to be a neighborhood blogger, and more.

Jan 23, 2017
Donald Trump's election; the New York City sales and rental market seesaws; big changes bring on a big debate for HDFC apartments; and many more: Join Brick Underground editors for a look at what was, and what will (may?) be, in New York City real estate in the year ahead. 


Dec 1, 2016
It's the most wonderful—and, yes, financially stressful—time of the year: With the holidays come tipping season in New York City. Whether you live in a fifth-floor rental walkup, a prewar co-op, or a luxe new condo, you probably have a list of people to thank this December. But first: Do you have to tip? If so, how much? And what happens if you don't? Brick Underground's founder and editors will guide you through the do's and don'ts of tipping; plus, hear from a Manhattan doorman what working in a NYC building is like during tipping season and throughout the year. 


Nov 8, 2016

Description: A roommate search means finding someone who's financially stable, agrees with your philosophy about personal space (household chores, especially), and with whom you share a certain chemistry. In short, it's a lot like dating. Enter Speed Roommating, a roommate meetup event that's a little like speed dating, bringing together roommate-seekers in a bar to see if they hit it off–or crash and burn.


Oct 6, 2016

A marketing campaign launched this year is beckoning to many—including New Yorkers—to move to Maine. Is Maine—small towns and big cities like Portland included—a viable antidote to New Yorkers stressed out by city living? We find out. 

Sep 1, 2016

Tenant rights advocates and lawyers have one big piece of advice for tenants facing landlord issues: Find others just like you. In this episode, we meet organizers of a tenants coalition who have banded together in downtown Manhattan.

Jun 14, 2016

Samuel J. Himmelstein has been a New York City tenants rights lawyer for decades. Here, he shares his stories about fighting unethical landlords at their game, and what renters can do to protect their rights.

May 14, 2016

Landlords get a bad rap in New York City. Yet for many, it's a business fraught with agita (secret Airbnb-ers! neglectful tenants!). But there are plenty of upsides, too, including residents who become friends and, yes, steady cash flow.

Apr 13, 2016

A fluctuating income in a creative (read: not often lucrative) field in a super-expensive city does not a happy housing situation make. Actress Laura Pruden performs a monologue at the Bug House Spin Festival about her near-impossible quest to buy a low-cost apartment in Manhattan, a process rife with challenges in a city where many locals are finding themselves displaced.

Mar 24, 2016

In the summer of 2015, Diana Ventura, a real estate broker and a writer, lost her NYC apartment in a fire, forcing her to sift through the literal and metaphorical ashes and start over. But this isn't the worst situation she has had to face in recent years. How did she put her life back together again, and what are the biggest lessons she learned from it all?

Mar 9, 2016

Brick Underground contributing editor Lucy Cohen Blatter grew up in a friendly building. Perhaps too friendly. What's it like to live in a place where your neighbors are more like family, in all its wonderful, overfamiliar, and boundaries-busting glory? With a special appearance by comedian Judy Gold.

Feb 18, 2016

For our first episode of the Brick Undergound Podcast, we thought it only right to talk to New Yorkers about the agony and the ecstasy of finding, or living in, their first NYC apartment.