The Brick Underground Podcast

The Brick Underground Podcast brings you everything you need to know about New York City real estate—condos, co-ops, buying, selling, and renting, from politics to practical guides—with tips on how to achieve your housing goals in NYC.
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Feb 14, 2020

When you buy a condo or co-op in NYC, it's important to do everything you can to find out how the building is run. After all, it’s is a big investment—so what are the secrets to a well-run building? What are the typical flashpoints between residents and how are they best resolved? These are some of the questions addressed in this week's podcast with real estate attorney Steve Wagner, partner at the Manhattan law firm Wagner, Berkow & Brandt.

Feb 7, 2020

Brick Underground’s "Take It Or Leave It" column is the subject of this week’s podcast. Host Emily Myers is joined by Jennifer White Karp, Brick Underground’s managing editor, and Constantine Valhouli, founder of the analytics firm NeighborhoodX, for a discussion of how to read between the lines of New York City rental listings and avoid getting tripped up by, among other things, illegal bedrooms, slick staging, and confusing rent information.

Jan 31, 2020

Commute times have an impact on prices and the hunt for affordable housing means people are living further from their jobs. Host Emily Myers and guest, Sarah Kaufman of the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, talk about some of the city’s transit challenges—and surprising recent improvements. Plus, what it means to be a smart city, how New York is competing, and what public data collection can do for your housing goals.

Jan 23, 2020

To say it’s currently a buyer’s market in NYC is to miss the fact that prices for starter apartments are rising much more than at the high end. Host Emily Myers gets into the details of NYC's current market data with real estate appraiser Jonathan Miller, President and CEO of the firm Miller Samuel, exploring “peak uncertainty” in sales and a “cauldron of unaffordability” in rentals. Plus, we look at what impact the 2020 election might have on NYC sales.

Jul 19, 2019

Tenants in New York City now have many more protections thanks to sweeping rent reforms passed in June. Host Emily Myers is joined by attorney Sam Himmelstein to consider what the changes mean for New Yorkers. 

Jul 12, 2019

New York City has a complicated relationship with Airbnb and other short term rental sites. The city is keen to get out the message that renting your place for less than 30 days when you're out of town is illegal. Host Emily Myers is joined by Matt Murphy, Executive Director of the NYU Furman Center to consider the impact of home-sharing on the city's rents and affordability. Plus, are penalties too steep and how do you stay on the right side of the law as a host or visitor?

Jun 28, 2019

If your NYC building has management issues it can be a real headache. Host Emily Myers is joined by Steve Elbaz, president of Esquire Management Corporation, to explore how to look for signs of mismanagement before you buy. Also in the podcast—advice for tenants who are looking for new management as well as best practices, like addressing building violations quickly.

Jun 14, 2019

Like any big financial transaction, when you buy or sell an apartment in NYC, you have to pay various fees and taxes. Host Emily Myers gets into the details of closing costs and how they can affect your buying power. In a slower market, you might also see closing credits—the show explores how they work and who they help. Plus, a conversation with the CEO of co-investment company who wants to share in your NYC condo or townhouse purchase. 

Jun 7, 2019

Buyers and sellers are out of sync when it comes to NYC real estate. What does this misstep mean for apartment prices and in what ways does it affect the city's rental market? Host Emily Myers explores some of the current market data with real estate appraiser Jonathan Miller from appraisal firm Miller Samuel.

May 31, 2019

What happens when your New York City neighborhood gets rezoned? Zoning is an important tool when it comes to sharing the city, affecting the population density, the size of buildings, housing, jobs, and infrastructure. Host Emily Myers digs into the details with Christopher Walters of the Association for Housing and Neighborhood Development, a neighborhood advocacy group. 

May 24, 2019

In the second episode of this season, The Brick Underground podcast takes you into the heart of the co-living phenomenon. Co-living companies remove a lot of the friction involved in renting with roommates—they stock the pantry, clean your linen and provide a ready-made community. Brick Underground reporter Mimi O’Connor shares her research on companies operating in NYC and we get into some of the legal issues that might arise with tenant and landlord attorney, Michelle Itkowitz.

May 17, 2019

In the first episode of the new Brick Underground Podcast, host Emily Myers takes on affordability now that the rules governing rent control are set to expire. Will the Democratic flip of the State Senate expand rent protections for tenants in New York City? How will changes impact the city's landlords? Urban Planner Moses Gates sheds some light on the possible reforms. We'll also hear from real estate attorney Jerry Feeny about new scaled Mansion Tax which pushes up closing costs for NYC buyers. 

May 10, 2019

The Brick Underground Podcast brings you everything you need to know about New York City real estate—condos, co-ops, buying, selling, and renting, from politics to practical guides—with tips on how to achieve your housing goals in NYC. Hosted by Emily Myers, the new season tackles affordability, housing policy, rezoning and more, so join us next week for our first episode.

Aug 1, 2018

It's the third season of The Brick Underground Podcast. 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.  

Jul 2, 2018

The Brick Underground Podcast tackles New York City apartment living with a pet that suffers from anxiety and aggression. Host Nathan Tempey shares his own cat story and talks to Mary Malloy, a certified dog trainer about how to improve life with your pet. 

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.

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. 
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