Now that the cat’s out of the bag, we are turning to the pressing task of finding a writer to anchor the editorial operations at Brownstoner Queens. Some experience writing about Queens preferred as is a general fluency and interest in real estate; Queens residency also strongly preferred. The job will consist of preparing Daily Links, reblogging relevant news stories as well as creating original content (which could include everything from attending community board meetings to doing a walk-through of a new highrise). The ideal candidate will have an enthusiasm and curiosity about the borough (its architecture, food, bike lanes, etc.), as well as a facility with a digital camera and WordPress. The position could end up being full time, or slightly less than full time to accommodate some other freelance work. Pay commensurate with experience, etc. Please send all responses to firstname.lastname@example.org with WRITER in the subject line.
Scooped on our own scoop! As the Daily News wrote last night, Brownstoner will be expanding northward to the neighboring borough of Queens later this month. We’ve been spending more and more time on the other side of the Pulaski Bridge over the past couple of years and feel like the time is right, not only from a business perspective but from a personal one as well. As some of the old-timers around here may recall, part of the fun of Brownstoner in the early days came from bringing readers along for the ride as we got to know our new home of Brooklyn; we hope to do the same in Queens. Don’t worry, we’re not decamping from Clinton Hill any time soon (in fact we’re just starting a renovation!), but we are looking forward to immersing ourselves in a borough whose culture and diversity is right up there with Brooklyn’s. Sunday afternoon field trips that combine architectural walking tours with a sampling of local ethnic cuisines? Yes, please! The news frankly got out a little bit ahead of us, so the new site won’t be ready to launch for two or three weeks. In addition to finalizing the editorial staff, we’ll be spending that time migrating the content from QueensNYC.com, a year-old local blog that we purchased last week from BlankSlate. The deal will give Brownstoner Queens some instant archives, and also pave the way for the site to have its own proprietary real estate marketplace like in Brooklyn courtesy of BlankSlate. So what should you expect? A pretty similar mix of real estate and local news as Brownstoner Brooklyn currently serves up. Since we’re well aware that we’re going to be interloping newbies, we’ll be even more reliant than ever on reader tips and feedback, so don’t hold back. Matters of all concern can be addressed to email@example.com. Brooklyn and Queens will operate as separate platforms for the near future, with the Forum being shared. At some point in the not too distant future, the whole shebang is due for a major overhaul so we’ll be watching closely to develop a sense for how closely (or not) posts about the two boroughs fit together.
Thanks to everyone for their continued support and readership. We’re excited for the next chapter.
Brownstoner is looking for a summer intern to help with social media (Pinterest), write events posts twice weekly, and write occasional stories on real estate and development in Brooklyn. There is potential to cover evening community board meetings and other news. The ideal candidate would have published writing samples, the ability to turn in relatively clean copy, and an interest in Brooklyn and real estate. Living in Brooklyn is a must. A bike, camera and WordPress experience is also helpful. If interested, please email a paragraph about yourself and links to clips to cate at brownstoner dot com.
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we will not publish Monday. See you Tuesday, and enjoy the long holiday weekend!
We will be on a shortened holiday schedule the week between Christmas and New Year’s, publishing Daily Links only each morning at 8:30. We will not publish on Christmas or New Year’s Day. See you back on Jan. 2. Above is the Barclays Center interpreted in gingerbread, snapped at Joyce Bakeshop in Prospect Heights. Happy holidays to all!
Are any readers out there looking to start a design business? Lauren Stern, whose Carroll Gardens apartment was featured on Brownstoner’s The Insider last year, will be teaching a class on the business aspects of striking out on your own. Known for her “cozy, comfortable and warm” style, Stern worked as an interior designer at the firm Wilson Associates and as an event producer for Black Book Magazine before opening Lauren Stern Design in 2007. In addition to working on client projects, she is currently renovating her own house in Boerum Hill. “The Nuts and Bolts of Starting an Interior Design Business” will cover how to charge, the five phases of any interior project, and growing your business, as well as regulatory and legal requirements. The class, which costs $11, will take place at the Brooklyn Brainery at 515 Court Street in Carroll Gardens from 8:30 pm to 10 pm on Dec. 10.
Brownstoner will not publish Thursday or Friday because of the holiday. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving and long weekend. See you Monday!
*Tonight’s Dumbo fundraiser has been postponed because of today’s winter storm. The Help Dumbo Rebuild Fundraiser will take place in one week, on Wednesday, No. 14 at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo. Click here to buy tickets. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org about refunds if you can’t make the new date.
*Corcoran reports it sent out some 60 cars loaded with supplies to the Rockaways, Staten Island, Coney Island and Long Beach over the weekend. Donations have slowed a bit this week. Please keep the donations flowing into the Corcoran offices, and they will continue sending them out to storm-ravaged areas, the firm said.
*Halstead Realty in Brooklyn Heights has also been accepting donations and sent about 12 cars and a moving van to distribution centers Monday, according to the Brooklyn Heights Blog.
Due to the hurricane, the Board of Elections has changed some polling sites for tomorrow’s election. In Kings County alone, 104 sites have changed. Check out this PDF of the most recent list of sites and go vote tomorrow! You can also double check your polling location by calling the Voter Phone Bank at 1-866-VOTE-NYC, emailing your complete home address to email@example.com with your borough listed in the subject line, or by visiting this link. Update: there will be more changes to the polling sites still to come. Keep track at the Board of Elections website. And according to Bloomberg, shuttle transportation on Election Day is being arranged for residents of Coney Island, Far Rockaway and Staten Island.
Here are more opportunities to donate or help in light of the recent hurricane. Please email us with any more events, drives, fundraisers, etc., happening in Brooklyn.
- Here’s a heartbreaking story about what’s happening right now in Sheepshead Bay. The writer helped organize a children’s drive with the assistance of State Senate candidate Andrew Gounardes and Councilman Vincent Gentile. Drop off all gently used toys, books and children’s clothing to either 7321 15th Avenue in Dyker Heights or 351 87th Street in Bay Ridge. There are also cleanups scheduled in the area.
- There will be a stoop sale this Saturday in Bed Stuy called “Boroughs without Borders,” in honor of the victims of Hurricane Sandy. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the victims. It will take place Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 am to 5 pm at 525 Halsey Street (between Stuyvesant and Malcolm X).
- Red Hook Initiative is coordinating and dispatching volunteers to where they are most needed in the neighborhood. Contact RHI at 718-858-6782, or show up to volunteer at their office, located at 767 Hicks Street. There is a particular need for volunteers with medical training. You can also make a donation here or drop supplies off at their office.
- If anyone has the means of transporting materials to shelters (particularly those in south Brooklyn and the Rockaways), please be in touch with Council Member Steve Levin’s office by calling (718) 875-5200, emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by stopping by his office in person at 410 Atlantic Avenue.
- The soon-to-be-gym at 45 Waverly Avenue in Clinton Hill is accepting Sandy relief donations. They will be receiving donations today until 6 pm, as well as over the weekend.
- A member of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance reports there is no food, electricity or sign of any response to the needs of the low-income residents of the Rockaways. There are people without food or electricity in the NYCHA houses and Ocean Village. Food and flashlights would be of assistance to the area around 113th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Please contact Jeanne DuPont at (917) 975-5623 if you can help.
- Go here to read about ways to help through the city.
Today from 1 to 3pm, donations of food, baby supplies, flashlights, cleaning supplies, etc., will be accepted at the corner of Fort Greene Park at Dekalb and Washington Park. Donations will go to those in need in the Far Rockaways and Sunset Park. Volunteers are also needed for this afternoon. If you have any questions or want to help, contact Ruth Ballenzweig at email@example.com.
While the Nets and Knicks game will go on as planned, the Park Slope Civic Council has cancelled its Halloween parade this year. Other cultural events are proceeding as scheduled, while some are not. The Fisher Theater may open Thursday; movies are playing as usual at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Brooklyn Heights Cinema. Jimmy Kimmel is back on at the Harvey Theater. Friday’s hardhat tour of the Squibb Park Bridge has been postponed.
Storm-Related Cultural Cancellations Continue [NY Times]
Photo of last year’s parade by ps5thavebid
Brownstoner won’t publish this Monday in honor of the holiday. Have a wonderful Columbus Day weekend.
A reader sent in this note:
Please note that a candlelight vigil/community walk will be held in PLG tomorrow, Tuesday, September 4, to support the family of Fatima Gordon, shot and killed on Thursday evening. We will meet at 7 pm in front of 80 Clarkson, and then walk through the neighborhood. It’s important that as many people as possible turn out to show both the criminals AND the police that we will no longer stand for this senseless violence in our midst and to show our support for her family.
Enjoy the long weekend, everybody. See you Tuesday!
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EcoStation:NY is holding a benefit Friday, Aug. 10 from 7 to midnight to raise $5,000 for its youth empowerment initiatives. The event will “celebrate local food and drink, music, art and agriculture.” Activities include a beekeeping and farm-in-the-sky tour, a night-time organic produce market, an art show with photography by Katarzyna Gawin, farm-inspired hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, a jam band and special guest Angel Vera of community group Make the Road. The party takes place at Brooklyn Fire Proof East at 119 Ingraham Street in Bushwick. $10 suggested donation.
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Today marks the end of an era. Gabby Warshawer, who has blogged for Brownstoner for almost five years, is moving on to pursue other opportunities. She will be greatly missed, and she has told us she will miss Brownstoner too. If you’d like to keep up with her, she can be found on Twitter.
In the meantime, we’re beginning a search for a new managing editor. Interested parties should send a short bio and explanation of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of four years of metro and/or real estate reporting experience and have a passion for Brooklyn and its neighborhoods and history.