Alan Oser, NY Times real estate writer

NEW YORK — Alan S. Oser, The New York Times’s authoritative voice in real estate coverage for more than 30 years as a writer and editor, died Tuesday at 81 in Barcelona, where he was celebrating his 60th anniversary with his wife, Janice.

The cause was a stroke, said his son, Roy.

From 1969 through 2004, several years past his nominal retirement, Mr. Oser covered real estate in the daily Times and Sunday Real Estate section, which he also helped edit.


In 2004, Mr. Oser, a violinist, founded New Paths in Music, a nonprofit in Manhattan that presents the work of foreign composers whose music has rarely if ever been performed in this country.

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While Mr. Oser knew the Manhattan market well, he was equally interested in the other boroughs and the suburbs. His idea of a fine weekend excursion was to choose a subway line at random, ride its distance and explore the neighborhood into which he had emerged.

Mr. Oser lived in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

Alan Stuart Oser was born in Queens, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1952, and served in the Coast Guard.

His newspaper career began in 1955 at The Cape Cod (Mass.) Standard-Times. He ­also worked at The Patriot ­Ledger in Quincy, Mass., and at The Wall Street Journal before joining The Times in 1962.