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 has written op-eds for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.



I wasn’t in Rust Belt Chic –The Cleveland Anthology. An oversight. I’m Rust Belt chic. I’ve lived in Cleveland all my life and I use Rust-Oleum — a local brand — on fire escapes. A tenant fell on a fire escape Monday because it was rainy and slippery; he complained because we use good paint.

I’m not total lunch bucket like Pulitzer Prize columnist Connie Schultz, whose dad worked at the CEI plant in Ashtabula, or Rust Belt Chic co-editor Richey Piiparinen, whose dad was a Cleveland cop who got run over on the way home from an Indians game.

I told Richey I liked the anthology even though I’m not in it. I said, “I liked it and I’m not even into the Browns, booze, and broads thing.”

He said, “That’s good — ‘Browns, booze and broads.’”

1) The Browns. I’ve been to about five Browns games. One was the championship game in 1964. I’m good to go.

2) The Indians. I’ve been to about a game a year. Believe it or not, I’ve seen three no-hitters: Stieb, Bosman and Siebert. I’m good to go, again. Looking for a Tribe no-hitter tonight, by the way.

rust belt chic3) Booze. I’ve had very few Great Lakes Christmas Ales. No more than 10. But I’m 100-percent behind Great Lakes Brewing and heavy drinking.

4) Broads. I met a couple at the Last Moving Picture Company in 1976 and they’re probably dead by now from too much beer. Pong, the video game, was big then.

David Giffels in his essay “The Lake Effect” wrote, “There was never any color in the 30 miles of sky between Akron and Cleveland. It was a masterpiece of monochrome.”

I see color in the sky all the time around here. I see blue right now. Maybe I’m too upbeat for Rust Belt Chic. Go Tribe.

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1 bill jones { 10.11.17 at 2:45 pm }

Quibbles with first paragraph: Rust Oleum has always been an Illinois company. Founded in Evanston in 1921. It is now owned by RPM which is Northern Ohio based but its a holding company. Finally the fourth line begins with an article that doesn’t agree with the noun following Otherwise, enjoyed this issue

2 Ken Goldberg { 10.11.17 at 5:27 pm }

Yeah, I caught that mismatch typo too but made the decision not to comment…. the “Rust Belt” folks probably made the corporate decision to not include you, with the point being they could sell more copies. Sorry.

3 David Rowe { 10.12.17 at 12:01 pm }

It’s tough being a Cleveland sports fan, even from 500 miles away. Go Cavs.

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