We’ve added a new section to Brownstoner called Market Trends that offers real time info on rental and sales prices throughout Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and upstate. It can show you neighborhoods in your price range you might not have known about or what your property is currently worth — and many other stats. It’s based on the listings on our site and is updated throughout the day.
A quick look this morning revealed that most of the more affordable neighborhoods of Brooklyn, from Crown Heights to Bushwick to Bed Stuy and more, all clock in at the same median rental price: about $24 a square foot. Average rental prices vary considerably, with Windsor Terrace at the top at $35.65 a square foot and Bay Ridge at the bottom (cheaper than Crown Heights, Bushwick, Flatbush and Bed Stuy) at $25 a square foot.
The more expensive neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo and Williamsburg all exceed a median rent of $48 a square foot, with averages as high as $55.97 (the Heights wins).
A quick glance at the sales reports reveals Windsor Terrace is, in fact, less expensive than South Slope, with an average sales cost per square foot of $596, vs. South Slope’s $810. (Both neighborhoods had 21 listings each.) East Flatbush was the only neighborhood we could find where the median price is still under $200 a square foot — it’s $176.
We’re excited to announce that Rebecca Baird-Remba will be joining us as reporter on the Brooklyn site. Before coming to Brownstoner, Rebecca Baird-Remba wrote for the New York Daily News, Business Insider and Roll Call. She graduated from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and politics.
In her spare time, she loves taking pictures of graffiti and street art and documenting the city streets. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter at @thecitywanderer.
Meanwhile, our reporter of three years, Emily Nonko, has moved on to Brownstoner Queens, where she is editor.
We are pleased to announce the addition of Manhattan sale and rental listings to the Brownstoner Marketplace. Manhattan adds more than 13,500 listings to the 22,000 Brooklyn, Queens, and Upstate listings already in the Marketplace.
Brownstoner Manhattan currently has roughly 4,200 sale and 9,300 rental listings. Most of the leading brokerages are already represented, including Elliman, Corcoran, Halstead, Brown Harris Stevens, Sotheby’s, Town, Keller Williams, Nest Seekers, Core, Bond, Stribling and many more. (more…)
Brownstoner is looking to hire a junior reporter to cover real estate and related topics in Brownstone and North Brooklyn. While some experience (but not a lot) is required, the ideal candidate will have a passion for Brooklyn, an excellent command of the English language and the energy level required to cover lots of ground (and a few community board meetings). Pay is modest, more befitting a recent grad than a mid-career journalist, but it’ll be a chance to write a ton without excessive supervision. You might even get to sit in on a few Smorgasburg tastings too. Interested parties should email email@example.com with JUNIOR REPORTER in the subject line.
We have an exciting announcement to make: We are moving to a new commenting system! We hope regular Brownstoner readers, who have experienced so many frustrations with the current system, will be as thrilled as we are to hear it. The rollover will start tonight at 6 pm. We don’t expect any downtime, but you may experience a few hiccups during the process. On Wednesday morning, registered users will receive an email about the update asking them to set up their passwords again. Please be patient with us during the transition. Fingers crossed third time is the charm.
Please welcome our summer intern, Megan Cerullo. She has written for Elle.com and The Martha’s Vineyard Times and has worked as a photography assistant and location scout. She lives in Brooklyn Heights.
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.