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.


 
 

IN REVERSE

I grew up in New York and never liked it there. I went to college in Ohio. I’m never going back east. To do what? Live in Williamsburg and write a blog about beer?

My roommate at Kenyon College took me to his hometown, Shaker Heights, a couple times. Cleveland has lawns and you don’t pay $2000/month for a one-bedroom apartment. I moved there. I have a one-bedroom for $850. Tricked out too — marble counter tops and a dishwasher. My dad thinks I’m crazy. He said I should enroll in accounting school at NYU

I work in property management in Cleveland. I’ve gone back to New York once. I can’t stand it. Going to the deli for a sandwich is a major deal — the crowds, the lines, the elevator. People say I’m going the wrong way. Wrong! I am Jay Gatz in reverse. For a million dollars I could buy almost all of Cleveland. And I will.

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6 comments

1 Ted { 08.31.16 at 10:46 am }

I wonder who this is about ;)

Fact-check! From yesterday’s New York Times:
“At 7 DeKalb, a new 23-story tower atop the City Point mall complex, the landlord is offering two months of free rent with a 14-month lease, and use of the building’s fitness center and other amenities for a year without charge. That means a one-bedroom, one-bathroom place can be had for $3,428 a month; a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment goes for $5,057.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/30/nyregion/the-market-is-saturated-brooklyns-rental-boom-may-turn-into-a-glut.html?_r=0

2 Ted { 08.31.16 at 10:52 am }

Also, you can delete this, “For a million *doors* I could buy all of Cleveland???”

3 Charlie B { 08.31.16 at 11:06 am }

Give Jersey City a shot. Proximate to jaw-dropping industrial wastelands that make the Cleveland Flats look like a walk in the park.
20 minutes by PATH to thrumming midtown Manhattan island—-about the same time to reach the gritty rigors of Newark. What more could you want?

4 Dave Rowe { 08.31.16 at 11:19 am }

For a better set-up look to the west side.

5 Bert Stratton { 08.31.16 at 12:35 pm }

To Ted Stratton:

Thanks for the correction. Have changed “doors” to “dollars” in final sentence.

6 Seth B. Marks { 08.31.16 at 12:44 pm }

I liked “doors”…that’s what happens when you eat your fist once a week…typing is mech mor difi.c.t

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