Real Estate Awaits Another Turn as Conversation Topic No. 1

It seemed that New Yorkers would wake on Nov. 5 – happily satiated by nearly two years of electoral saturation that ended just how most of them wanted – and return to their most fervent and familiar conversation topic: real estate.

Except that they didn't.

"We don't talk about real estate," said actor Paul Michael Phillips, 24, who lives in a rent-stabilized apartment near Prospect Park. "We're not like, 'Hmm, let's got to the cigar room and talk about our condo in the Hamptons.' No, we talk about the war and health care."

Inexplicably, real estate in all its obsessive New York permutations – who’s getting what for how much; which neighborhood have the hipsters invaded now; why so-and-so can afford to move and such-and-such can’t; will we knock out walls for the baby or just move; where’s the best place to be X in Y – continues to warm a back bench to the 2008 presidential election.  read more »

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