WATCH: TRD’s reporters on the biggest RE stories of 2016

We’ve had ringside seats to the blood sport of the industry – here’s what we saw

New York /
Dec.December 28, 2016 07:00 AM

The beauty of covering real estate in New York is that we’re never simply writing about buildings: Being a real estate reporter for The Real Deal means being some curious hybrid of political junkie, stats wonk, private eye, celebrity sleuth, and social anthropologist.

And what a year it’s been! We once again had a ringside seat to some of the market’s biggest stories: from the rude awakening at the top of the luxury residential market, to the trophy poaching in the commercial brokerage world, to the expanding Brooklyn property empire of the Hasidim. We did the city’s first-ever comprehensive ranking of rental landlords, chronicled the death and attempted resurrection of the 421a tax abatement, and stepped inside a major developer’s intricate quest to secure construction financing. We exposed shady behavior on the part of those peddling condo projects, and followed a certain builder’s improbable path to the Oval Office.

Real estate is an all-consuming topic in New York. It’s something, in the words of Ofer Yardeni, that people talk about when they “wake up in the morning,” and “when they have sex.” It’s increasingly shaped by global forces, but many of its boldest and brashest protagonists are New Yorkers to the core. It’s a beat that constantly challenges, surprises and fascinates us. We brought together some of our reporters to discuss the highlights of the year, and it’s our privilege to share them with you in the video above.

(Video by Alistair Gardiner and Kerry Barger)


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Make Greenland Great Again? Trump wants to buy Arctic territory
Make Greenland Great Again? Trump wants to buy Arctic territory
Make Greenland Great Again? Trump wants to buy Arctic territory
Hamptons’ priciest summer rental to host MAGA extravaganza next month
Hamptons’ priciest summer rental to host MAGA extravaganza next month
Hamptons’ priciest summer rental to host MAGA extravaganza next month
1209 Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn. (iStock, Kutnicki Bernstein Architects)
Industry suffers setback in 421a class action suit
Industry suffers setback in 421a class action suit
Allen Weisselberg and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance (Getty)
Feds subpoena Trump CFO’s personal bank records
Feds subpoena Trump CFO’s personal bank records
From left: Joshua Kushner and Karlie Kloss; Melania and Donald Trump; Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner; and Tiffany Trump (Getty Images)
Here’s where Trumpworld has put down roots in South Florida
Here’s where Trumpworld has put down roots in South Florida
Gil Dezer (Photos by Sonya Revell)
The Closing: Gil Dezer
The Closing: Gil Dezer
Paul Manafort and 174 Jobs Lane (Getty, Google Maps, iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)
Chicago bank sues Manafort to foreclose on Hamptons mansion
Chicago bank sues Manafort to foreclose on Hamptons mansion
Seven Springs in Westchester and Donald Trump (Trump Organization, Getty)
Seven Springs investigation heats up in broader probe of Trump
Seven Springs investigation heats up in broader probe of Trump
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...