How Sarah Hepola, Author Of ‘Blackout,’ Does Money

“I went to school with kids who were vacationing in Aspen and Vail and their parents drove Mercedes and there was this roar in my head that told me I needed that. It’s funny, because as an adult, I’m uncomfortable around extreme wealth, and it’s not something I want for myself. But back then, yeah, I thought that was what success and happiness would be.”

The Cost Of Things: Getting Buried In NYC’s Fanciest Cemetery

Almost 200 years after it opened, the cemetery continues to serve customers. You too can be buried there.

Dear Mom, Your Child’s Better Off If You Go To Work

Calling out stay-at-home parents is a social sin in posh neighborhoods.

Gentrification Is Big Business

Some people flips houses; Goldman flips neighborhoods.

From Fetish Parties to Farmer’s Markets: On Graduating Into A Recession

I worked the coat check at fetish parties, escorted women home from their plastic surgery appointments on the Upper East Side, babysat, dogsat, and cleaned out apartments belonging to hoarders.

How Important Is It To Love Your Living Situation?

MIKE: “I like my apartment, but I don’t love it.” ESTER: “Have you ever loved an apartment?”

Food Coops, In Park Slope & Elsewhere

“I can’t think of another place where so many people are so quick to jump down each other’s throats.”

The Moral Dilemma Posed by the Mani-Pedi

it’s a small, cheap, accessible luxury in a city where most luxuries are inaccessible to me.

Brokers I Have Known

We found out where the closest laundromat was because after waiting half an hour, my roommate had to pee so badly that we went in a frantic search of the closest public restroom.

Extended Monday Check In, Should We Move To Riverdale? Edition

We would be good parents, and we would be good frugal folks, and we would be so, so lonely.