StreetEasy encourages New Yorkers to dream about dishwashers and doormen in first campaign from Preacher

Outdoor takeover from the home search platform depicts city-dwellers in less-than-ideal situations

Published On
Feb 25, 2020

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New Yorkers have to put up with a lot to be New Yorkers—there are the neighborhood rats, the sour stench of garbage and sweat during sticky, sweltering summers and, of course, the apartment situation.

Local housing platform StreetEasy has long documented in its ad campaigns the beautiful struggles of living in a NYC abode. In its first campaign out of new AOR Preacher, which won creative duties in January, it reminds city-dwellers that they don’t have to settle—at the very least, it doesn’t hurt to start looking for their next home.

An out-of-home takeover campaign features artist Sam Spratt’s pulp noir illustrations of city dwellers in cramped, uncomfortable environs longing for a little bit more. A man folds into himself on the floor of his shower, dreaming of a bathtub. Another guy hand washes his dishes as water spills out of the sink, while copy reads, “Does the thought of a dishwasher get you all hot and steamy?” A woman sits surrounded by her menagerie in another ad asking, “Want a landlord that won’t judge your domestic partners?”

The work, running on billboards, taxi tops, kiosks and in the subway, follows the company’s 2019 campaign, “There’s Only One City,” out of Lightning Orchard, as well as the “Find Your Formula” campaign out of Office of Baby that whimsically illustrated trade-offs of NYC apartment life

This is the first to emphasize that the platform’s listings are all “vetted and verified across all five boroughs,” as noted in additional ad copy. 

“Our new campaign taps into a New York City truism: New Yorkers are always looking for their next place to live,” said Amory Wooden, StreetEasy’s senior director of marketing, in a statement. “‘It’s Okay to Look’ encourages New Yorkers to … fantasize about everything their future home could have. We wanted to capture the easily forgotten excitement and opportunity an apartment search can unlock and bring some much needed energy and levity back to the apartment hunt.”


Feb 25, 2020
Client :
Agency :
VP Marketing & Analytics :
Peter Edwards
Senior Director of Marketing :
Amory Wooden
Senior Manager Brand Marketing :
Andrea Mazandi
Senior Brand Marketing Specialist :
Jeryl Lippe
Chief Creative Officer :
Rob Baird
Chief Executive Officer :
Krystle Loyland
Chief Strategy Officer :
Seth Gaffney
Brand Director :
Grant Watson
Junior Brand Manager :
Madison Goldston
Creative Director :
Sean Vij
Creative Director :
Adrien Bindi
Associate Creative Director :
Maxx Delaney
Associate Creative Director :
Nick Troop
Junior Copywriter :
Matt Klugman
Junior Art Director :
Eddy Allen
Senior Designer :
Anna McCaleb
Studio Director :
Tamara Stoddard
Production Artist :
Jenna Krackenberger
Strategy Director :
Jasmine Clark
Senior Strategist :
Stephen Maroda
Executive Producer :
Stacey Higgins
Senior Producer :
Rachel Kichler
Business Affairs :
Abbi Press
Illustrator :
Sam Spratt
Artist Rep :
Jeff Church
Artist Rep :
Bernstein & Andriulli
Motion Graphics :
Chapman Bullock
Animation Studio :
Proper Sounds

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