Real Music & Real Estate . . .

Yiddishe Cup’s bandleader, Bert Stratton, is Klezmer Guy.

He knows about the band biz and – check this out – the real estate biz too. So maybe he’s really Klezmer Landlord.

You may not care about the real estate biz. Hey, you may not care about the band biz.  (See you.)

This is a blog with a gamy twist. It features tenants with snakes and skunks, and musicians with smoked fish in their pockets.

Stratton is an occasional contributor to the New York Times, the Times of Israel, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and City Journal. He won two Hopwood Awards.



I ran a Craigslist ad that was titled “50-year lease. Die here.”  Craigslist didn’t like the subject line and deleted the ad.

But some tenants do, in fact, die at the Clifton Court building, and some live there until their very last days.   Mrs. Mahon moved out last month after 55 years. She moved in at 27 in 1956. She was never late with her rent until she got Alzheimer’s.

lease-for-lifeMrs. Ryan has been at Clifton Court since 1952.  She has never been late with her rent.

Mr. Woodward has been there 35 years.   He has never been late with his rent. (Old tenant = good tenant.)  Mr. Woodward used to sign his renewals in green ink, but switched to black in 1982. Every year I send him a renewal signed in green, but he won’t reciprocate with a green signature.

clifton-geraniums-2-08-1I don’t bug these long-term tenants, except about ink colors.  I see Mr. Woodward once in a while at the Cleveland Cinematheque.  That’s about it.  I see Mrs. Ryan occasionally to get something notarized.  Mrs. Mahon — the woman who just moved out — was Hawaiian and had a Magic Chef stove.  That stove stays.  It’s historic.


The Three Tenants . . . they’ve seen this:

A body-oil stain on the wood floor in apartment 400’s living room from a Doberman.  We couldn’t get the stain out.  That dog used to fly down the steps and almost kill people in the late 1970s.

The “quickie” hotel next door: Yorktown Motorist Hotel.  After it closed in 2001, it was boarded up for several years.  Now the hotel is a very successful Optimal Wellness Center.  There is a raw foods bar there.   Eat right, live right. Here.

Live forever at Clifton Court.  Would Craig allow that?

Footnote:  The paper trail . . .


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