Saturday, July 11, 2015
Watching Million Dollar Listing: New York, the Bravo reality show, isn't any fun anymore. The millions have gone as sky high as the buildings. The real estate and the people who buy it are way too "special" -- even for a natural voyeur like me.
New York is going the way of Venice and other "trophy" cities: only affordable for global oligarchs and other billionaires who often don't even live there but touch down every once in awhile and boast of the precious address.
So where do the squeezed out New Yorkers -- especially the creatives -- go? Brooklyn has been mined, as have Harlem and Queens. Some are in eastern Pennsylvania. Others are snapping up depressed real estate as far away as Detroit.
Bill says many are coming up the Hudson River to Kingston, New York, where he has his office. It is a delightful little town. I especially liked the big comfortable independent book store and the little pizza place next door. Delicious!
Artists always seem to find a way. Just like Bill and Elsa. They landed in wonderful Woodstock after their cross country adventure last summer.