Braden Keil died last week at the young, young age of 53. The obits mentioned that he was a longtime real estate reporter at The New York Post and — I love this phrase — a "prince of the newsroom."

But this didn’t even quite get to my friend Jason’s summation: that he pretty much single-handedly invented real estate gossip reporting. The whole idea that if Nicole Kidman or Kanye West moved somewhere, that people would want to know what the place looked like — before that fueled "TMZ" or MTV’s "Cribs," it came from Braden’s "Gimme Shelter" column.

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