I am sharing my slides from my talk today, “Sustaining Difference during Gentrification: NYC & Berlin Since 2008,” at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Bundeskanzler-Stipendium (BUKA) / German Chancellor Fellowship Kolloquium in Sankt-Petersburg, Russia. This presentation is a first and high-level response to Desiree Fields (Sheffield, UK) and and Sabrina Uffer’s (SIT Study Abroad) paper, “The financialization of rental housing: A comparative analysis of New York City and Berlin,” published this year in Urban Studies. I draw upon my research in NYC as well as my 2010-2011 research in Berlin as an AvH BUKA Fellow. I am, again(!), deeply thankful to the utterly fabulous Tatjana Nikitina, Director of the German-Russian Center at the State Economic University in St. Petersburg, Russia, for bringing us all together to share our work and ideas across countries and continents.