Type of site
Online newspaper
Available inEnglish
OwnerVox Media
Launched2006; 18 years ago (2006)
Current statusActive

Curbed is an American real estate and urban design website published by New York magazine. Founded as a blog by Lockhart Steele in 2006 to cover New York City real estate,[1][2] it grew by 2010 to feature sub-pages dedicated to specific real estate markets and metropolitan areas across the United States. Steele once described as an "Architectural Digest after a three-martini lunch.” The site hosted an annual contest, the Curbed Cup, to pick the best neighborhood in each city.[3]

In November 2013, Vox Media purchased the Curbed Network, which, apart from Curbed, also included dining website Eater and fashion website Racked. The New York Times reported that the cash-and-stock deal was worth between $20 million and $30 million. In 2018, the Curbed critic Alexandra Lange won a New York Press Club award for her story “No Loitering, No Skateboarding, No Baggy Pants.”[4]

While Curbed had expanded to include area-specific editions for Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C,[5] in 2020, as a part of a downward trend of layoffs and restructuring of many venture capital-funded sites, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Curbed's area-specific sites closed, leaving New York City as the site’s sole remaining metropolitan focus.

In October 2020, Curbed was integrated into New York magazine’s suite of digital publications,[6] where it was redesigned and focused more tightly on New York City’s built environment, design, architecture, real estate, and urbanism. Its prominent contributors include New York’s Pulitzer Prize–winning architecture and music critic Justin Davidson and the magazine’s acclaimed design writer Wendy Goodman.


  1. ^ Mitchell, Dan (October 30, 2007). "Not All Is Gloomy in Real Estate: A Blog Network Attracts Capital". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 27, 2023.
  2. ^ Oppenheimer, Mark (March 19, 2010). "The Optimist's Blogger". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 27, 2023.
  3. ^ "REVEALED: The San Francisco Neighborhood Of The Year Is..." HuffPost. January 4, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2023.
  4. ^ Lange, Alexandra (December 7, 2017). "How teen-focused design can help reshape our cities". Curbed. Retrieved October 27, 2023.
  5. ^ "About Curbed". Curbed. Archived from the original on February 15, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  6. ^ "Curbed Is Now at Home at 'New York'". Curbed. October 13, 2020. Retrieved October 27, 2023.