The best of: TRD editors share their picks for the top stories of 2018 TRD editorial staff discuss their favorites from the past year
The Real Deal s top stories of 2018
The Real Deal s coverage reached all corners of the real estate industry in 2018.
From the Opportunity Zones craze and residential brokerage s existential crisis, to a developer who s become the poster boy for gentrification in Chicago and even the mid-term elections, TRD reporters and editors didn t skip a beat.
Here s a look at some of the top stories we reported in 2018, as selected by TRD s team of editors.
Stuart Elliott, Editor-in-chief | Kushner unfiltered, Rough cut
The Real Deal’s reporters and editors kept quite busy in 2018. Each month we produced in the ballpark of 1,000 online posts and 200 magazine pages across our four cities. Amidst that mountain of copy, there was a lot that stood out when it came to finger-on-pulse, follow-the-money financial journalism. It s hard to choose, but I will say this: “Rough Cut,” our investigative piece on how money from the murky global diamond trade has helped shape the New York skyline, was a deep-dive that made me particularly proud with its breadth and scope.
Meanwhile, our no-holds-barred interview with Charlie Kushner was our most read piece of the year. And for good reason – nobody else had gotten that kind of access to Kushner, at a time when his son Jared in the White House and his 666 Fifth Avenue property were the subject of intense scrutiny. The interview[……]