10/08/15 1:00pm

Dumbo Clinton Hill Brooklyn John Arbuckle Coffee History

Read Part One of the Brooklyn coffee history series.

Coffee came to America as early as the late 1600s. By the mid-19th century, Manhattan was the green coffee capital of America, home to dozens of wholesale coffee brokers and coffee roasters.

Soon after the Civil War, the beans spilled across the river into Brooklyn, due to this city’s huge capacity for storage and processing. Brooklyn’s vast waterfront piers became the landing place for the coffees of the world.

Brooklyn’s largest coffee company belonged to brothers John and Charles Arbuckle, originally from Pittsburgh. They also left us several great additions to Brooklyn’s architectural legacy. (more…)

10/08/15 12:00pm

Williamsburg Apartment for Rent -- 250 Bedford Ave

Our rental of the day is a pricey one-bedroom within the Brooklyn Social, a new-ish rental building at 250 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. If it looks familiar perhaps you’ve seen it before, or maybe you’ve just seen one of the 900,000 so-called luxury apartments in similar buildings that have sprouted all over Williamsburg in recent years. (That’s an admittedly unscientific count.) (more…)

10/08/15 11:31am

As reported on Brownstoner yesterday, the real estate firm Citi Habitats has acquired Brooklyn’s own aptsandlofts.com, the brokerage, rental and new development marketing firm. Aptsandlofts.com will now operate under the Citi Habitats name. The founder, owner and president of aptsandlofts.com, David Maundrell, will take on the role of Citi Habitats Executive Vice President, Brooklyn and Queens New Development.


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“Over the course of their 13 years in the business, Dave and his team have developed an authentic Brooklyn brand and established a major presence in the local real estate market,” said Gary Malin, president of Citi Habitats. “Citi Habitats and aptsandlofts.com share a similar vision for what the combined company can achieve. Together we will offer greater opportunities for our affiliated agents, as well as a deeper pool of resources and insights for clients.”

The combined assets of a trusted local brand and an agency with national reach means that Brooklyn buyers, sellers, and renters will have even more tools to help them find the right home.


10/08/15 11:00am

Affordable Interior Design in Bay Ridge Brooklyn

Evan Schwartz and his wife, Rebekah, were “tired of spending all their money on rent,” so they left Park Slope and migrated south to Bay Ridge.

“At first I pooh-poohed the idea, but 24 hours later it was a done deal,” said Schwartz, an interior designer for private clients and Homepolish, a company that provides affordable by-the-hour design services. “The streets are wide, it’s quiet, there’s good food. Yes, the commute to Manhattan is annoying, but the rent is reasonable and you get more space.” (more…)

10/08/15 9:27am

School Equality Rally Brooklyn

The turnout for Wednesday’s “Stand for School Equality” rally was impressive — more than 15,000 students, parents and teachers gathered in Cadman Plaza and marched over the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall, calling for measures to address the inequality in NYC’s public school system.

Ostensibly a fight against unequal schools, the purpose of Wednesday’s rally would more accurately be described as promoting charter schools.


10/08/15 8:30am

Bay Ridge Third Avenue Festival

Same Elevator Company Associated With Two Deaths Since August 2014 [NYDN]
Espinal’s District at Forefront of East New York Affordable Housing Plan [Eagle]
Hudson Files Permits for BK Library Project’s Affordable Component [TRD]
Helen Keller Nonprofit Looks to Sell Large DoBro Building [TRD]
Affordable Housing Developers Want to Ditch Mandatory Parking Spots [DNA]
Gas Odor Alarms PLG Locals, But Source Remains a Mystery [DNA]

[3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge | Photo: Laura Leebove]