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.



There are quite a few black Yiddishe Cup T-shirts out there. I made about 500 of them. I have a photo of Mount St. Helens, Wash., man in a Yiddishe Cup T-shirt. Maybe I played his wedding. I have a photo of a Missoula, Mont., man wearing a Yiddishe Cup T-shirt.

Newlyweds and bar mitzvah moms got the tees for free. Sometimes the bat mitzvah celebrant — the kid, herself — got the tee if I thought the girl was woman enough to handle the peer harassment.

I saw a hipster on Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, in a Yiddishe Cup T-shirt. I asked him where he got the tee. He said at a thrift store for $1.

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1 Ken Goldberg { 12.28.22 at 9:21 am }

Someone charged a dollar? Overpriced!
Glad to see you’ve gone Western. On my recent Phoenix/ Scottsdale trip I saw many hundreds of your shirts – with the “heaviest” area probably on the Old Town streets in Scottsdale. In places like Rusty Spur Saloon all the cowboys and cowgals, as well as the bartenders, not only favored that sleek black look but memories of experiencing your band and related “hoedowns” were the main topic of conversation….

2 Ari davidow { 01.04.23 at 11:47 am }

I have one, and I’m not giving it up.

3 Mark Schilling { 01.05.23 at 7:44 am }

I got mine back in the early ’90s and wore it religiously (?) until I realized it was a precious, never-to-be-duplicated artifact (?). It now occupies an honored place in my retired tee-shirt box, together with my ‘Best Man, Bert & Alice’ tee.

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