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.

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 Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post.



My cousin Marc had a GMC tractor-trailer, which he parked in the May Co. lot in University Heights. Marc was possibly the only Jewish long-distance trucker in the Heights in the 1970s. In 1975 Marc borrowed a few thousand dollars from my father for the truck. Marc had a contract with International Truck of Rock, Minnesota. Ultimately, Marc moved to Pennsylvania and never repaid my dad.


In high school Marc had been a J.D., stealing hubcaps. Hubcaps from Shaker Heights. Class. When Marc’s mother (my dad’s sister) heard Marc hadn’t repaid my dad, she made payments, but never fully repaid the loan. My father’s attitude was “win some, lose some” with family.

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1 Lynn Haessly { 04.04.18 at 10:01 am }

So my dad, who grew up on west 98th street in the 1940s, had a bud who stole hubcabs. Other jd stuff too. Eddie Shadeen was his name. What’s up with stealing hubcaps? Why?

2 Ken Goldberg { 04.04.18 at 5:24 pm }

Because they can, and tradition.

3 Dave Rowe { 04.07.18 at 12:44 pm }

No Jewish long-distance truck drivers on the west-side probably ever.

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