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Erik Engquist

Senior managing editor
Erik joined The Real Deal as senior managing editor in 2019 after 14 years at Crain's New York Business. Prior to that he wrote a weekly political column for Courier-Life Publications for which he was named "best political columnist" in New York by the Village Voice. From 1996 until 2000 he reported for daily newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, covering education, development and municipal government. A graduate of Yale University, Erik has won two National Headliner Awards and was the lead writer for two series that won the New Jersey Press Association's top public service award in consecutive years. He and his wife have twin sons, born in 2000.




    Tenants and landlords are in a tug-of-war (iStock)
    National News Analysis

    Can tenants have it both ways?

    Anh-Thu Nguyen and her two roommates don’t want to leave their apartment. Why would they? Although it won’t appear in Architectural Digest, it’s perfectly livable, it’s on the most prestigious street in Brooklyn’s nicest...

    Can tenants have it both ways?
    From left: James Whelan, president, REBNY; Cea Weaver, campaign coordinator, New York Housing Justice for All; Kathy Hochul, governor, New York (REBNY, NY Housing Justice for All, Getty Images, iStock/Illustration by Steven Dilakian for The Real Deal)
    News Analysis

    The truth about 421a

     By now, you’re probably sick of reading about 421a. Really, what’s left to say about this property tax break? A lot, actually. Until now, we’ve been drubbed by supporters and opponents’ tiresome narratives about...

    The truth about 421a
    Chris Ward, California assembly member for the 78th District (Twitter/asmchrisward, iStock/Photo Illustration by Steven Dilakian for The Real Deal)
    National

    Home-flip tax would punish the good guys

    Just when you think politicians cannot get any more daft about housing, along comes Chris Ward. The California Assembly member wanted to give ordinary homebuyers a better shot at competing with home flippers, so...

    Home-flip tax would punish the good guys
    “Good cause” crowd attacks homeownership plan

    “Good cause” crowd attacks homeownership plan

    It’s New York real estate’s Catch-22: Ignore poor neighborhoods and be blamed for disinvestment, or invest in them and...

    “Good cause” crowd attacks homeownership plan
    City Council member Kristin Richardson Jordan, the Rev. Al Sharpton and lobbyist Suri Kasirer (Getty Images, RPG, iStock/Photo-illustration by Steven Dilakian/The Real Deal)
    News Analysis

    A Harlem real estate drama worthy of Hollywood

    You can lead a socialist to the fountain of knowledge, but you can’t make her drink. That comes to...

    A Harlem real estate drama worthy of Hollywood
    Housing Justice for All’s Cea Weaver and Rent Stabilization Association’s Joseph Strasburg (Illustration by Ilya Hourie for The Real Deal)
    Archive News Analysis

    The benefits and costs of “good cause” eviction

    As the push for “good cause eviction” comes to a head in New York’s state legislature, the bill starts...

    The benefits and costs of “good cause” eviction
    333 East 181st Street (Getty)

    Horrific fire at Bronx Mitchell-Lama shocks city

    UPDATED, Jan. 10, 6 p.m. — A blaze that began in a second-floor duplex in the Bronx Sunday morning...

    Horrific fire at Bronx Mitchell-Lama shocks city
    Three Gowanus projects lead spate of new development filings

    Three Gowanus projects lead spate of new development filings

    Developers have filed plans to build three more largely residential buildings in recently rezoned Gowanus. Rabsky Group affiliate Galaxy...

    Three Gowanus projects lead spate of new development filings
    An aerial of the old factory at the end of Shipyard Lane, East Marion, NY (EMCA)
    Tri-State

    Purchase of former oyster farm puts town in a pickle

    Scott Russell saw this one coming. Some years ago, a developer had proposed a North Fork waterfront project far...

    Purchase of former oyster farm puts town in a pickle

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