The Real Deal New York

High kickin’ it at the MDLNY season finale: PHOTOS

Reality show brokers, Bravo stars packed into speakeasy-like venue
By Leigh Kamping-Carder and Guelda Voien | August 01, 2013 06:00PM

As the second season of Bravo TV’s broker battle reality show “Million Dollar Listing New York” came to a close yesterday, the stars of the series — and of New York City’s real estate industry — gathered at the General, a club at 199 Bowery, to toast their fellow cast member Fredrik Eklund.

Douglas Elliman’s Eklund, wearing a summery, salmon-colored suit, was joined by a lengthy list of real estate names, including his colleagues Vickey Barron, Melanie Lazenby, Ariel Cohen and Faith Hope Consolo; his boss, Elliman Chairman Howard Lorber; Lorber’s son, Michael, also an Elliman broker and former MDLNY castmate; Massey Knakal Chairman Robert Knakal; Keller Williams NYC CEO Eric Barron; Elliman CEO Dottie Herman; and Michelle Kleier and Samantha Kleier Forbes of Kleier Residential. (The younger Lorber left relatively early, however, ducking into a taxi and telling a friend he was headed to the Metropolitan Club.)

Custom cocktails on offer made references to the show’s final episode – the “high kick,” referring to Nest Seekers International broker Ryan Serhant’s impersonation of Eklund’s behavior, and the “fancy sock,” referring to Eklund’s flashy sartorial choices. But by the time The Real Deal made our way into the gathering — we had to muscle our way through a line of tanned women in skyscraper heels — the bar had run dry of the bespoke beverages.

The underground space, decorated to mimic a speakeasy, pulsed with brokers and so-called Bravolebrities. Keller Williams NYC’s Luis D. Ortiz, the pint-sized Puerto Rican broker who joined the show this season, waded through the crowd, clad in a burgundy suit and trailed by his twin brother, Daniel.

Fellow reality show celebrities Sonia Morgan and Ramona Singer, of “The Real Housewives of New York,” were also on hand.

  • Oouch

    It never ceases to amaze that this pathetic, degrading, sideshow depicting brokers as depraved, say anything morons is humored by this industry. Eklund came to us via the porn industry as has been roundly documented. Why is this industry in such a hurry to publicly embrace the public’s low estimation of its integrity and trustworthiness and embrace such sleaze? Not thinking of this as a personal attack on Eklund, who is what he is, but the depiction of ‘say anything, do anything, brokers,’ feeds right into the myth that will lead into the demolition of Article 12A and the destruction of brokerage as a profession by the Elliot Spitzer, Empire Club minded would be regulators. Think about it. And Million Dollar Listing, just like Selling NY is just another scripted sleazebag television show. But, the expectation it promotes is destructive of brokers and ultimately their profession. Yeah, it sells TV. So does plenty of other degrading sleaze that doesn’t necessarily help those its using for its ratings. Good for Fred. But not so good for any of the rest of you.

  • Frank C


  • Romeo1

    Desperate broker and its not for exclusives – everytime I see her I run…run…run. What a nightmare!

  • Guelda Voien the Hater

    since when being 5’7″ is being pint-sized? this Guelda Voien is such a hater looking to stir the pot writing sensationalistic things if she had any journalistic training she would do her job properly and write facts instead of pure speculation

  • jon

    Elliman supports that fool of an agent Eklund?
    What an embarrassment and they sing his praises.

    I guess they could care less since he makes a lot of money for them.

    His behavior is unacceptable and he acts the same in real life and should be fired for his unethical ways.
    Ryan is the only decent hard working agent of the group and Luis time to find a new career cuz real estate ain’t your thang papi.

    • Leila

      Ryan is an embarrassment to himself and NestSeekers. Anyone who watches the show can see what an absolute piece of sh*t he is. Fredrik does his job and does it better than almost anyone in the business. Luis is a hard worker and will be at the top with Fredrik at some point. It’s obvious you’re a xenophobe and that is the only reason you like Ryan.

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