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.
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?
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.