Welcome to It Happened One Weekend, our weekly roundup of The New York Times real estate section...
1) Rich people. What are they spending millions of dollars on? What are they complaining about? This is What's Up With Rich People?
As we all know, gentrification is one of those things that rich people either love or despise in equal measure, and this weekend's Real Estate section helpfully stirs up that big, bubbling cauldron of rage and feelings. The debate centers on whether or not the Landmarks Preservation Commission should designate a large swath of Bed-Stuy the Bedford Historic District, joining the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District just a stone's throw away. Of course, such a move would severely hinder development in the area, and the argument remains the same as always, pitting developers against preservation advocates. The Times, however, takes a pretty fair-minded approach, giving equal weight to both arguments. Where do you stand? ["Argument in Brownstone"; photo via Bedford Stuyvesant/Curbed Photo Pool]
2) Every "The Hunt" column begins with the Hunters describing the apartment they want, and ends with them rationalizing whatever they came away with. This is The Hunt: Dreams vs. RealityThe Hunter: LA transplants
Dream: Midtown, Upper West Side
Reality: Park Slope
Dream: dishwasher, washer-dryer
Reality: dishwasher, a long commute
This couple from LA sought a one-bedroom, and once again, their only real requirements were utterly boring and lame: a washer-dryer and a dishwasher, because they "must look pressed and polished for work," an impossible demand otherwise. They went looking for apartments in Midtown and the Upper West Side, but were disappointed when apartments went quickly. They soon ventured out to scary Brooklyn and found a $2,750/month one-bedroom in Park Slope after looking up the neighborhood on Zillow. They also paid a fee of $4,000 for the broker to open a few doors. [The Hunt/"The Tall-Order Rental"]