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The Brick Underground Podcast

Where true New York City living -- the places, buildings, and culture -- collide. It's the Brick Underground Podcast, from BrickUnderground.com. 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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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.

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