Covering New York real estate
Geraldine Baum of The Los Angeles Times writes Thursday about The Real Deal, the magazine that covers the New York real estate market like a sporting event.
Baum writes, “At a meeting this month in the Real Deal’s sparely (early-Ikea) decorated Manhattan office, Stuart Elliott, the executive editor, urged his tiny staff to keep tracking the behavior of developers trying to stave off meltdown — and opportunists positioning to take advantage of it.
“They’d already run a map of Manhattan apartment buildings with the highest concentrations of Bernie Madoff victims. They’d described ugly ‘divorce’ battles between developers and their marketers. And they’d reported on a developer who got whacked over the head with an ice bucket during a dispute with his partner over a failing property.
“Elliott also checked in with a reporter following up on an earlier story about lenders so reluctant to foreclose on developers with underwater loans that they ‘extend and pretend’ the loan isn’t in trouble.”
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