To become a savvier renter, and to avoid deals that are too good to be true, it’s essential to get a good handle on the city’s real estate picture. The standard-bearer is Curbed NY, which mixes commentary about properties on the market with news and gossip. It is an excellent place to get a feel for the rough-and-tumble of real estate as well as to learn about new developments or conversions of older buildings.
The site’s founder, Lockhart Steele, moved to New York in 1996 after graduating from Brown University. To find his first apartment, he like everyone else searched through printed listing guides and newspaper classifieds, a process that he said now seems “outlandish and bizarre.”
Curbed Network founder Lockhart Steele on apartment hunting in the New York Times