Fred A. Bernstein


Fred Bernstein has degrees in architecture (from Princeton University) and law (from NYU) and writes about both subjects. He lives in New York City and has two sons.

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An Icon in Eclipse?

The Empire State Building risks being obscured by lesser towers

Published in The Huffington Post, November 28, 2014

A Harbor Cruise, Under a Rainbow

Aboard the fireboat John J. Harvey

Published in The New York Times, July 26, 2002

A Country of Micro-cribs and Mega-mansions

America's housing disparity grows worse

Published in The Huffington Post, December 2, 2011

Not All Couples Are Same-Sex or Opposite-Sex

Do you have to be male or female to be married?

Published in The Huffington Post, June 16, 2015

Gene Simmons's Mother

The Holocaust survivor who birthed a rock star

Published in The Jewish Mothers' Hall of Fame, November 23, 1990

Harvey Fierstein's mother

"Is Harvey gay? I don't know. I don't sleep with him."

Published in The Jewish Mothers' Hall of Fame, November 21, 1990

D'var Torah on Behar

Let's give the land a rest

Published in Speeches / talks, May 13, 2014

Entertaining Mr. X

A look at Douglas Coupland and his novel Miss Wyoming

Published in The Independent on Sunday (London), February 14, 2003

The Parenting of Low Expectations

Foreword to "52 Weeks of Parenting Wisdom: Effective Strategies for Raising Respectful, Happy Kids" by Meg Akabas

Published in 52 Weeks of Parenting Wisdom, December 13, 2012

Stitching Together a New Life in Riverdale

Surviving the Holocaust with needle and thread

Published in The New York Times, August 8, 2008

Poll Watching (and Worrying) in Philadelphia

Published in FredBernstein.com, November 5, 2008

Greetings from Resisterville

A town where Vietnam draft avoiders have made a difference

Published in The New York Times, November 20, 2004

The Town the Boom Forgot

Tired of high real estate prices? Consider the alternative

Published in The New York Times, June 25, 2006

Free Homes for Disabled Vets -- But Where's the Land?

To rebuild their lives, they need barrier-free houses

Published in The New York Times, December 4, 2005

Not a Palace, But It's Home

The Ottoman emperor-in-waiting lives in a walk-up, rent-controlled apartment

Published in The New York Times, March 26, 2006

Unloading His Books, But Not His Conscience

Amazon is now the place to sell used books -- but with unexpected consequences

Published in The New York Times, April 11, 2002

The World Is Going to Hear of This Boy

An interview with Leah Adler, Steven Spielberg's mother

Published in The Jewish Mothers' Hall of Fame, December 15, 1990

Shaving My Wallet Better Than My Face

Falling for the Infinity Razor

Published in The New York Times, April 13, 2007

Marc Newson

The high-flying designer lands in Miami

Published in Design Miami, December 1, 2006

Pretty Profits from Ugly Houses

How HomeVestors went national

Published in The New York Times, February 19, 2006

The Disappearing Las Vegas Condos

Related Las Vegas sold them, but never built them

Published in The New York Times, January 29, 2006

A Home for Artists, and for Art

The avant garde, on Staten Island!

Published in The New York Times, November 27, 2005

More Twists Than a Mardi Gras Parade

Assessing the New Orleans real estate market after Katrina

Published in The New York Times, November 13, 2005

Smart Elevators

No more guessing which car to take

Published in The New York Times, November 2, 2005

Controlling Growth by Controlling Water

In Bolinas, a water meter sells for $310,000

Published in The New York Times, October 9, 2005

An On-Screen Alternative to Hands-On Dissection

Dealing with the yuck factor

Published in The New York Times, October 4, 2005

Healing Buildings in the Catskills

The Twelve Tribes in Oak Hill and Coxsackie

Published in The New York Times, July 24, 2005

An oasis in a toxic world

A haven for "multiple chemical sensitivity" sufferers is threatened

Published in The New York Times, July 9, 2005

Southwest Florida's Red Tide Woes

Contaminated beaches -- and persistent respiratory problems -- hit a region that includes some of America's fast-growing cities

Published in The New York Times, April 23, 2005

Rate Your Landlord; Get Sued

But there's protection for tenants or former tenants

Published in The New York Times, April 10, 2005

A Loan That Keeps on Paying

The MFA Boston comes to the Las Vegas strip

Published in The New York Times, March 30, 2005

Securing the Iraq Museum

Protecting antiquities from war and looters

Published in The New York Times, January 23, 2005

Tony Goldman in Miami

An urban pioneer's new venture

Published in The New York Times, January 18, 2005

On Campus, Rethinking Biology 101

Transgender students gain rights, and respect, in college

Published in The New York Times, March 7, 2004

Married or Not, It's a Full House

The lives of Steven Lofton, Roger Croteau, and their foster children

Published in The New York Times, November 19, 2003

World on a String

A puppeteer copes with Parkinson's disease

Published in The New York Times, November 19, 2003

The Provincetown Outflow Settles in Truro

Cape Cod's first "gay suburb"

Published in The New York Times, November 14, 2003

From the Torch to the Toes, Digital Insurance

How the Statue of Liberty could be recreated, after a disaster

Published in The New York Times, September 11, 2003

Now Pitching For Wahconah, Jim Bouton

The "Ball Four" author cries "Foul Ball" in the Berkshires

Published in The New York Times, April 10, 2003

This Store Sells Rice Pudding -- Nothing Else

Rice to riches? Or rice to ruin?

Published in The New York Times, March 27, 2003

Irish Pride Meets Gay Pride

The gay backstory of New York's Irish Hunger Memorial

Published in The Advocate, October 6, 2002

Think Different

Tekserve, which lives the Apple slogan

Published in The New York Times, June 20, 2002

A Chicago Chop Shop Takes the Hayden's Guts

What happened to the planetarium's glamorous gizmo?

Published in The New Yorker, November 4, 2001

Take-Off

A review of The Full Monty on Broadway

Published in The Independent on Sunday (London), October 29, 2000

Users of Fake Stucco Find Problems Are Very Real

Beware of Dryvit

Published in The New York Times, July 1, 1999

A NIGHT OUT WITH Richard Chamberlain -- and (for the first time) Martin Rabbett

The veteran actor comes to dinner with the man who has spent decades hiding in plain sight

Published in The New York Times, July 13, 2003

Burning Man's "town planner" has died, but his vision will live on

Rod Garrett, who laid out Burning Man, the annual festival of self-expression in Nevada, drew accolades for his approach

Published in The New York Times, August 28, 2011

VOWS: Andrea Monfried and Mike Harshman

For this couple, it's all about love -- and architecture

Published in The New York Times, May 9, 2004

Restoring a Rare Glimpse of Those Fabled 1,000 Days

For Jacques Lowe's book marking 40th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, photos destroyed in World Trade Center attacks are digitally recreated

Published in The New York Times, January 15, 2004
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