Kim Velsey

Reporter, Curbed

Kim Velsey has been a Curbed real-estate reporter since 2021. She previously covered real estate for the New York Times and the New York Observer.

  1. who’s buying
    The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture Mansion’s Not-So-Secret BuyerCity records haven’t posted yet, but that hasn’t stopped brokers from talking.
  2. street fights
    One of New York’s Most Secretive Real-Estate Families Goes SuccessionA lawsuit reveals squabbling and allegations of mismanagement among the heirs to Solil Management’s billion-dollar portfolio
  3. broker envy
    ‘If I Could Buy Right Now, I’d Go for It’A mansion disguised as a brownstone in Hamilton Heights and a turnkey prewar on Central Park West.
  4. housing
    The ‘Airbnb Alternative’ Black MarketNew York’s Airbnb crackdown has driven hosts and visitors back to Craigslist and neighborhood listserves.
  5. luxury real estate
    Plaza RegretThe prevailing wisdom is that you pretty much can’t make a bad real-estate investment in Manhattan. Plaza buyers might disagree.
  6. who’s selling
    An Abstract Painter’s Sprawling Soho Loft Is on the MarketMary Obering, who paid $10,000 in 1971, is selling her Wooster Street home for $5.6 million.
  7. our mayor
    ‘Pretty Normal Mode of Operation’The real-estate world can’t see the problem with Eric Adams’s fire-code meddling.
  8. who’s buying
    Manhattan’s Trophy Apartments Are Gathering DustThere just aren’t enough billionaires, and no one wants to live in Hudson Yards.
  9. our mayor
    The FBI’s Eric Adams Probe Focuses on Brooklyn Construction FirmKSK has ties to Turkey and is mostly been known for its unremarkable luxury buildings.
  10. airbnb
    Upstate Buyers Are Too Rich for Airbnb NowPeople making all-cash offers don’t need the extra income, and they don’t like to share.
  11. the money game
    ‘You Could Look Back and Say They Should Have Known’Some multifamily landlords thought their loans would stay cheap and rents would go up forever. It was a bad bet.
  12. who’s buying
    Is Bad Bunny Renting the Most Expensive Apartment in New York?The artist’s Chelsea penthouse costs $150,000 a month, and his brokers say he’s paying the full listing price.
  13. who’s selling
    Georgina Bloomberg’s Listing Her Apartment for Less Than What She Paid in 2010Uptown co-ops are a tough sell right now.
  14. interior design
    Battery Park City’s Early-Aughts Rentals Go LuxeA Robert A.M. Stern building, before and after big money changed the downtown buyer’s landscape.
  15. the myth of trump
    Trump Doesn’t Own the Most Expensive Apartment That’s Ever Existed in NYCIf a judge’s ruling stands, Trump, who committed fraud by exaggerating the value of his real estate, may even lose control of Trump Tower.
  16. state of the market
    Curbed September Report: Rainy Open Houses and Midtown East Still on TopPlus, the listings that brokers are obsessed with.
  17. who’s selling
    A Sutton Place Penthouse That Just Won’t MoveLisa Perry’s pop art co-op has faced three price cuts in as many years.
  18. neighborhood news
    4 Precarious Plots on Fifth AvenueA construction project has become a nightmare for the neighbors.
  19. mysteries
    How Fort Greene Park Got Fenced InTo maintain its grass, my local park was carved up by wooden posts and caution tape.
  20. the rent is too damn high
    Get Ready to Spend $5,000 on That Floor of a Brownstone“I get applications and people are making half a million a year in income. One person.”
  21. housing
    The Menace of the MegamansionBuyers who are turning multiunit buildings into single-family palaces have taken away hundreds of thousands of housing units.
  22. state of the market
    Curbed’s August Report: An All-Cash Summer and Frenzied Open HousesPlus the most saved one-bedroom under $1 million.
  23. the real estate
    A Developer and a Landlord Go to War Over 22 Air ConditionersExtell’s Diamond District neighbor is trying to claim the air next door.
  24. office space
    WeWork’s Own Office Leasing ApocalypseThe company was struggling long before its grim announcement this week.
  25. loud town
    All the Quiet Money Can BuyTalking to the professional soundproofers for the ultrarich.
  26. a truly terrific new york listing
    An East Village Studio Straight Out of the ’80sIn a building where Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs once lived.
  27. developing
    Eliot Spitzer Can Build His Faux-Prewar Condo NowA lawsuit over a ditch couldn’t stop his luxury development with a view of the Met.
  28. preservation watch
    Modernist Houses Can’t Survive the HamptonsThey’re being torn down and replaced with cookie-cutter mansions.
  29. office apocalypse
    A Typology of Unwanted Manhattan Office BuildingsCertain kinds of properties are more doomed than others. Here, four case studies.
  30. office apocalypse
    Three Bleak Blocks of Third AvenueWhat the office-space crisis has looked like for one stretch of Midtown East.
  31. the real estate
    It’s the Summer of Postdivorce CohabitationBill and Chirlane, Steve and Miranda, Ariana and Tom …
  32. the rent is too damn high
    This Is How the Rent Guidelines Board Vote Will GoPeople will yell. Everyone will leave angry. We’ll do it again next year
  33. who’s selling
    Why the Gucci Penthouse Has Been on the Market for 8 YearsThe $35M listing price seems to have been plucked out of the air, say some brokers.
  34. return to office
    What Really Brings People Back to the Office? The Easiest Commute.Forget the rock-climbing wall. People just want an easy commute.
  35. museums
    Was the Breuer Building Underpriced?$100 million feels low — until you consider what it actually means to own a brutalist masterpiece.
  36. listings
    No One Wants Joan Didion’s ApartmentThe sprawling Upper East Side co-op took a $1 million price cut.
  37. the real estate
    The Trouble With 23 Cornelia StreetSome brokers are skeptical that Taylor Swift’s onetime rental can fetch its $18 million asking price.
  38. the real estate
    Why Are There So Many Bathrooms in the Houses on Selling Sunset?Brokers explain the deranged bed-to-bath ratio of ultra-high-end listings.
  39. a truly terrific new york listing
    One of the Last Gilded Age Mansions on Fifth Avenue Is for SaleA Wall Street divorce brings it back on the market at $72.5 million.
  40. casinos
    Our City’s Billionaires Are Debasing Themselves for a Casino LicenseJay-Z is pleading on Instagram, while other hopefuls offer LED gardens and gratis hot dogs.
  41. unaffordable housing
    Landlords Want the Supreme Court to Kill Rent StabilizationTheir petition is the culmination of a four-year battle against tenant protections.
  42. haunted houses
    Who Wants to Vacation on Epstein Island?The buyer of Little St. James is planning to convert it into a luxury resort.
  43. the rent is too damn high
    The Rent Guidelines Board Is in for a Messy SpringWith increases on the horizon, a raucous Tuesday-night vote was a signal of what’s to come.
  44. unaffordable housing
    How to Make 800,000 New Homes DisappearKathy Hochul’s housing dreams seem to have died.
  45. the rent is too damn high
    The Rent-Stabilization Board Is Proposing What Exactly?Demystifying that 15.75 percent.
  46. the housing market
    The Spring Housing Market Is a Miserable Game of ChickenSellers are aiming high. Buyers are content to wait them out. Better luck next year?
  47. rich people
    The Merely Wealthy Can No Longer Afford West 11th StreetIts transformation into full billionaire enclave is nearly complete.
  48. listings
    Joan Didion’s Apartment Is for SaleMissed out on the estate auction? Seven and a half million dollars will get you the whole house.
  49. developing
    Airbnb’s Co-founder Is Building ADUs That Would Make Great AirbnbsWhat a coincidence.
  50. the real estate
    Ivana Trump’s Townhouse Is Officially for SaleAnd it’s overpriced.
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