12/01/15 4:30pm
Dumbo Brooklyn OY YO sculpture

Dumbo’s OY/YO sculpture. Photo by Brian via Flickr

In the News
“You Can Van” Parks in Crown Heights, Helps Brooklynites Avoid Homelessness [BK Reader]
A Tamale Tour of Bushwick [Edible BK]
Why Were 2 Homeless Men Found Dead at Brooklyn Jewish Elementary School? [Forward]
Franny’s Levies a Three Percent Obamacare Surcharge on Guest Checks [Eater]
Artists Struggle Against Bushwick Rent Hikes  [Crain’s]
Inside Five Brooklyn Spaces that Aren’t Quite What They Seem [BK Mag]
At Last, Bay Ridge’s “Green Church” Will Be Rebuilt [Curbed]

How much have rents risen in Crown Heights in 16 years? Click through to see one reader’s assessment. (more…)

12/01/15 11:57am
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The building at Site A was up to four stories in mid-November

The big affordable housing complex known as the Henry Apartments on Broadway in Ocean Hill is now very far along, with the first five stories peeking up over the construction fence on the two lots on two sides of Decatur Street.

Workers have been hurrying to finish up the outside of the two complexes before winter sets in, and it looks like they will succeed. They’ve been adding about one story a week on both sites for the past month or so. (more…)

12/01/15 11:31am

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12/01/15 8:30am
Entrance to the Barclays Center MTA station. Photo by Mary Hautman

Entrance to the Barclays Center MTA station. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
Brooklyn Is Leading the U.S. in Apartment Construction [Forbes]
F21 Red Just Opened Its Second NYC Store in Brooklyn [Racked]
Bay Ridge Board Rejects Affordable Housing Rezoning Plan [BK Eagle]
The Lost-Cause Preservationist: Inside Brooklyn’s Other Museum [BK Mag]
New Apartment Building Nears Landmarks Approval at 906 Prospect Place in Crown Heights [NYY]
200-Bed Nursing Home Plan for Red Hook to Undergo Public Review [DNA]
Gentrifiers Most Angry About Gentrification, Director of Bushwick Doc Says [DNA]

Top Brownstoner Stories
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Love it or hate it, Christmas music is officially inescapable for the rest of the year. But it’s not all cheesy. Take, for example, Brooklyn’s beloved Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, whose soulful take on “White Christmas” can be heard below. (more…)

11/30/15 4:35pm
Pavilion Theater Park Slope Brooklyn

Pavilion Theater in Park Slope. Photo by Edrei Rodriguez

In the News
Park Slope Key Food Site Targeted for Residential Project [DNA]
New Theater Furthers Bushwick’s Rise as NYC Arts Destination [Curbed]
MTOPP Suit Against CB9 Dismissed [Q Parkside]
All the Brittle Towers: On the State of Brooklyn Architecture [BK Mag]
Inside the Brooklyn Building That Held the Subway’s Secrets [Atlas Obscura]
Looking for an Edge, Businesses Seek Out Bushwick [Crain’s]
Amaranto in Bushwick Is a Family Effort [NYT]

Click through to read what an ex-Brooklynite has to say on her move to the country….

11/30/15 3:00pm
Is it Better to Sell a House in the Spring?

Man photo by Sutha Kamal via Flickr. Photo illustration by Barbara Eldredge

A Brownstoner reader has put a single-family home on the market, but the offers coming in are lower than expected.

hkhouselove writes:

We greatly underestimated the current down trend in the market for the fall, while trying to sell a SFH in a very popular part of Brooklyn. We have read it is the worst market for sales since 2008? We currently have an offer we are considering that is definitely below the market value of our place, and quite frankly we are insulted by it. We are not desperate to sell, but do intend to sell within the next year in order to move on to our next home. (Which needs to be funded by the current place being sold.) Is there a real benefit to coming off the market now, and coming back on in the spring? Or is this as good as it gets for the short-medium term pricing. Any input welcome.

Should they accept the offer, or take the house off the market and try their chances in the spring? Share your thoughts over in the original post.

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