Matt Chaban contributes to The New York Times and New York magazine, where he writes about development, design, politics, bike sharing and gefilte fish. For two years he wrote the Appraisal column for the Metro section, and before that he as an editor or reporter at the Daily News, Crain's, and The New York Observer. He got his start in real estate playing with LEGOs in Pittsburgh and currently resides in the frontier town of Jersey City.