04/17/15 4:30pm


Art Abounds at Brooklyn Artists Ball [Forbes]
17 Artists Win Subsidized Brooklyn Rent Through New Two Trees Program [NYO]
There’s a $195 Knife Made From Coney Island Boardwalk Wood [Curbed]
Uber Offering $5 Carpools to and From Williamsburg During Dreaded L Train Shutdown [Gothamist]
Park Slope’s New York Methodist Hospital Adds Trauma Center [DNA]
Movie Screening and “Spring Sing” Karaoke at Carroll Park This Weekend [PMFA]

Photo by Megan Cerullo

04/17/15 12:15pm

Good news for prospective buyers out there: Not everything sells at or over ask. Three out of the four properties below did sell, and one is in contract, so they are moving.

The discount on the PLG and Bed Stuy houses was pretty substantial($164,000 and $220,000). The Flatbush house, the least expensive of the bunch, went just under ask.

If the Bushwick house is in contract for the last ask, $999,000, that’s a hefty discount too.

Open House Picks Six Months Later 4-16-15

04/16/15 4:30pm


City Building 90 “Curbside Gardens” to Help Clean Gowanus Canal [DNA]
Leaky Pipe Alert: The Insurance Option All Brownstone Owners Should Know About [BU]
Smorgasburg Vendors Launch Shuttle Bus During Weekend L Train Shutdowns [Gothamist]
Adams Proclaims April as Brooklyn Landmarks Month [Eagle]
Bringing Community, and Nature, Back to the Banks of Newton Creek [Curbed]
San Francisco-Based “Marine Layer” Open Its (Very Blue) Store in Cobble Hill [PMFA]
Habana Outpost Reopening Signals the Start of Spring in Fort Greene [DNA]

Photo by Axel Taferner

04/16/15 4:00pm


Coming next month: Brooklyn’s juried design fair highlighting designers, architects, builders, consumers and other creatives in the borough. Bklyn Designs will showcase furniture, lighting and home accessories designed or made locally.

Now in its 12th year, the event will feature talks and panels on such subjects as residential design trends, emerging architects and preservation. By Brooklyn, CASA Kids, History + Industry and Reclaimed Home are some of the local makers and retailers who will participate. (more…)

04/16/15 12:00pm

952 Putnam Ave-Living Room-NYC

This Bed Stuy duplex apartment offers plenty of indoor space and has a backyard large enough for outdoor dining and recreation. Its three bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms make it suitable for a family; all bedrooms accommodate queen-size beds plus sitting area furniture.

The first level features parquet floors in the living and dining rooms, and there is a big kitchen in the back with an island. There are also plenty of old details such as paneling, molding, a pier mirror and old doors.

Click through for more photos after the jump. The ask is $4,500 a month. Do you think that’s reasonable, considering the location fairly far east?

952 Putnam Avenue, #1 [Halstead]  GMAP
Photos by Halstead


04/16/15 10:00am


Wood and brick Federal-style homes were among the first to be built in Brooklyn Heights, beginning in the 1820s. The oldest houses in the Heights still standing today were built in this decade.

The longest standing Brooklyn Heights houses reside on Willow, Hicks and Middagh streets. One of these is 84 Willow Street, which was listed in the first city directory of 1822, indicating that it is at least that old. A house at 68 Hicks Street was also listed in the 1822 directory.

In 1824, three more houses were built that are still standing today. These are 43 Willow Street, 30 Middagh Street and  24 Middagh Street. Conveniently, a plaque on 30 Middagh Street’s façade displays its year of construction. (more…)


NYC Housing Connect is now accepting affordable housing applications for the new building finishing up at 490 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill. As you may recall, this is where the Associated Supermarket used to be, between Hall and Emerson.

Affordable units make up 20 percent of the seven-story, 93-unit building. The 19 affordable units start at $816 a month for a studio. (more…)

04/15/15 4:00pm

Closing Bell-Making History-4-14-15

Arts in Bushwick’s “Making History” pays homage to local artists by featuring exactly 400 of them in a special exhibition at Storefront Ten Eyck. The show will survey the Bushwick arts scene by including diverse artists with studios in Bushwick, who have had studios in Bushwick over the past 10 years, or who have recently participated in Bushwick gallery shows.

The exhibition, which runs from April 19 through May 10, will culminate with a benefit event. Ticket sale proceeds will go towards publishing a book celebrating Arts in Bushwick and commemorating the tenth anniversary of its Bushwick Open Studios.

You can see the full list of artists here. Tickets to the May 10 benefit are $200 and include one piece of work from a local artist. For more information or to buy tickets, go here.

Image by Arts in Bushwick

04/15/15 12:00pm

359 Decatur Street-1-4-14-15

This three-bedroom duplex in Bed Stuy retains an original feel with decorative marble mantels and original moldings. Modern kitchen appliances and a high end stacked washer/dryer complement the apartment’s original character. There is also an updated bathroom.

It occupies the top two floors of a brownstone and is close to Stuy Heights shops. Do you think it’s a good deal, for $3,300 a month?

359 Decatur Street, #2 [Douglas Elliman] GMAP
Photo above by Douglas Elliman; photo below by Property Shark