New York City Real Estate
In 2015, I wrote a weekly column for The Awl on New York City real estate. Most of them can now be found here.
Affordable For Whom? (The Awl)
So much of the creative class’s anxiety over its role in the process of displacement focuses on self-recrimination over things like going to a newer bar instead of a neighborhood dive and taking an Uber home instead of the subway, and the next morning buying an iced latte from a place that employs baristas instead of a cup of coffee from the corner bodega. This, however, takes signifiers of a phenomenon for the phenomenon itself — these are not concerns about living ethically but consuming ethically, and there is no ethical consumption under capitalism. It is one of capital’s great coups, however, to confuse the two, and to further render housing little more than a commodity.
"The Downtown Void" (The Awl) – March 17, 2016
"The Mystery Money Keeping St. Mark's Bookshop Alive" (The Awl) – February 3, 2016
"Fixed-Gear Prospectors" (The Awl) – December 17, 2015
"What's Burning in the South Bronx?" (The Awl) – November 5, 2015
Lego City (The Awl)
If everything goes according to plan, the twenty-billion-dollar residential and commercial complex at Hudson Yards, stretching from West 30th to West 34th streets and from 10th to 12th Avenues, will be the largest private real estate development in United States history. Fifteen of the sixteen planned buildings will be built on two platforms erected over the Long Island Rail Road’s active rail yards and four other train tunnels: the Empire Line Tunnel, the under-construction Gateway Tunnel, and the two North River Tunnels. Construction of the platforms alone will cost Hudson Yards’ developer Related Companies over a billion dollars.