04/24/14 4:30pm

Politicians Consider Barclays Center for 2016 Democratic National Convention [CBS]
Greenpoint’s Newtown Creek Boathouse Is Still in the Works [Curbed]
City Council to Approve Domino, After a Final Negotiation [Capital New York]
New Round of Rehab Begins on Ocean Parkway Mall [Sheepshead Bites]
Million-Dollar Floor-Through Apartments: 777 Carroll Street [BK to the Fullest]
The Long Transformation of the Brownstone at 132 2nd Place [PMFA]
With an Air of Inevitability, “Kale Chips” Graffiti Is Taking Over Park Slope [Gothamist]
Gotham SideWalks’ Bike Tours Examine Brooklyn’s Glorious Baseball Past [BHB]
Prices of Town Homes on Clarkson — Just $6,500 in ’13!! [Q at Parkside]
Brooklyn Borough President Aims to Crack Down on Scuzzy Landlords [Bedford+Bowery]
New Mexican Restaurant Brings Hefty Burritos to Underhill Avenue [DNAinfo]


04/23/14 4:30pm

Pierhouse Starts to Take Shape Beside Brooklyn Bridge Park [Curbed]
The Apocalyptic Landscape Near the Kosciuszko Bridge Is Now Complete [Greenpointers]
Four Arrested in Williamsburg Beating of Gay Black Man [Gothamist]
Senior Housing in Bed Stuy Will Undergo $6 Million Upgrade [DNAinfo]
Crown Heights Drivers Ticketed up to 88 Percent More This Year, Police Say [DNAinfo]
Paintings by Neighbor Karen Friedland Chosen for Kings County Hospital Walls [Ditmas Park Corner]
Tie Baron Seeks to Build Five-Story Retail Development on Kings Highway [Sheepshead Bites]
Tenant Profiles in “Brownstone” Brooklyn [The Q at Parkside]

Photo by Juni Safont

04/22/14 4:30pm

Bushwick Inlet Park Gets Nod for Sustainable Architecture [Curbed]
Meeting About Controversial North Brooklyn Boat Club [Greenpointers]
Brooklyn Bridge Park Beach Nears Completion [BHB]
Food, Entertainment and Family Fun This Saturday at the Prospect Park Fair [South Slope News]
Nostrand Avenue Street Improvements to Be Completed by June, City Says [DNAinfo]
Listings Go up for Former Police Station 72 Poplar in Brooklyn Heights [BuzzBuzzHome]
Where to Get Art Supplies in Bushwick [Bushwick Daily]

Photo by Joel Zimmer

04/21/14 4:30pm

New Spin Studio Opening on Flatbush [FIPS]
Landlord Won’t Let Lulu’s Be Gay [Greenpointers]
British Pathé Releases Historic Newsreels of Coney Island [ATZ]
Met Food Building on Smith Street in Boerum Hill Is for Sale [PMFA]
Greenpointers Now Face a Transit Outage on Two Fronts [Capital New York]
Fort Greene Under $2 Million: Another Platinum Member Take-Down [BK to the Fullest]
Greenpoint Named America’s Best ‘Hood for Millennials [Business Insider]
The Lost Synagogues of Brooklyn Remembered [Karma Brooklyn]
Green Roof Tops Neighbor’s House [Q at Parkside]
The Bean to Open New Williamsburg Shop Thursday [DNAinfo]
New Long Island College Hospital Could Top $1B [Crain's]

Photo by Anthony Fine

04/18/14 4:30pm

Metropolitan Avenue G Train Stop Appears to Be Getting a Touchscreen Kiosk [Brokelyn]
Graffiti Burners in Brooklyn [Animal NY]
Patrick Stewart Wants to Ban Strollers in Park Slope [Intelligencer]
Photo of the Week: Changing Corners of Bed Stuy [Brooklyn Historical Society]
What Will Become of the Huxley Envelope Building in Greenpoint? [Greenpointers]
Every Single Place That’s Ever Been Called the “Next Williamsburg” [Free Williamsburg]

Photo by Juni Safont

04/18/14 1:00pm

Park Slope
526 3rd Street
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $3,995,000
Sunday 12:00 – 1:30

78 1/2 Norman Avenue
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $2,495,000
Sunday 1:00 – 2:30

Clinton Hill
308 Waverly Avenue
Broker: Elliman
Price: $2,250,000
Sunday 1:00 – 3:00

Bed Stuy
165 Lewis Avenue
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $840,000
Saturday 2:00 – 3:00

Update: The open house at 526 3rd Street has been cancelled.

04/17/14 4:30pm


Visiting the Gowanus Canal’s Under-Transformation “Wild West” [Curbed]
EPA Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group Will Meet Next This Coming Tuesday [PMFA]
Bushwick Artist Turns Brooklyn Street Signs Into Post-Apocalyptic Weapons [Animal NY]
Food Book Fair and Pop-up Bookstore at the Wythe Hotel [Greenpointers]
Two New Tutoring Centers in the Neighborhood [Ditmas Park Corner]
Cool Tree Art on Avenue Y – Anyone Know The Story? [Sheepshead Bites]
Edge Residents Like Kid Stuff But Not Virtual Golf [Brick Underground]

04/16/14 4:30pm

Postcard: Beware the Sea Monster of Gerritsen Beach [Sheepshead Bites]
Bed Stuy Development Site at 265-267 Malcolm X Boulevard Is Asking $3.5 Million [BuzzBuzzHome]
Shuttered Greenpoint Catholic Schools Are Resurrected as Apartment Houses [Brooklyn Eagle]
Coignet Building Will Emerge as White Butterfly After Renovation [Brooklyn Eagle]
Brooklyn Navy Yard to Host Whiskey Tasting, Photography, Performance Art [DNAinfo]
Work on Utica Avenue Line Will Be Completed in Early May, MTA Says [DNAinfo]
Sushi and Noodles Opens on Troutman Avenue [Bushwick Daily]
Before and After: A Greenpoint Roof Deck Transformation [Apartment Therapy]
350 DeGraw Street: The Story Behind a Façade Without a Building [PMFA]
Duane Reade Store in Brooklyn Heights Appears to Be Getting Mega Makeover [BHB]

Photo by Chaya Selzer

04/15/14 4:30pm

Teaser Site out for 210-Unit Greenpoint Development at 1133 Manhattan Avenue [BBH]
The Bergen Tile Building Is Gone [Park Slope Stoop]
See Films by Ditmas Parkers, in Theaters and From the Comfort of Home [Ditmas Park Corner]
Brooklyn Church Fires Being Investigated as Hate Crime, Police Say [DNAinfo]
Get Your Grilled Cheese Fix at The Wheelhouse’s Grand Opening Party Tonight! [Bushwick Daily]
Eight-Story Building Planned for Vacant Lot in Bed Stuy [YIMBY]
Local Barista Tabitha Holbert Making Film [Q at Parkside]
Bishop Ford High School Closing Its Doors in June [South Slope News]
Ugly Dumbo Parks to Become Workout Course [Brooklyn Paper]

Photo by Eugene Gannon

04/14/14 4:30pm

Coming Soon: Shop the Food Book Fair’s Pop-up at the Wythe Hotel [Racked]
Using Data to Defend the Prospect Park West Bike Lane [FiveThirtyEight]
The Church Avenue Street Fair Is Sunday, April 27 [Ditmas Park Corner]
Community Board 11 Approves 16th Avenue Private School Expansion [Bensonhurst Bean]
Sandy-Ravaged T.G.I. Fridays Redesigned, Set to Reopen April 28 [Sheepshead Bites]
Jesa’s Bay Ridge Cool — House Tour [Apartment Therapy]
Can Vision Zero Survive Tabloid Editorial Boards? [Streetsblog]
How the Real Estate Deal Behind 470 Vanderbilt Avenue Came Together [TRD]
Coney Island’s Luna Park Opens for the Season [DNAinfo]

Photo by Juni Safont

04/11/14 4:30pm


Lace up Those Skates and Get Rolling at Lakeside This Weekend [Ditmas Park Corner]
New Restaurant Coming to 19 Wyckoff Avenue in Bushwick? [BuzzBuzzHome]
New Renderings for Adam America’s Williamsburg Rental at 247 North 7th Street [BuzzBuzzHome]
Market-Savvy Couple Picks up Crown Heights Townhouse for $1,630,000 [NY Observer]
Potential Penthouse Combo at Two Northside Piers Wants $5,200,000 [Curbed]
Lightstone Demo Continues, Now on Bond Street [PMFA]
A Dream Dumbo Weekend: Brunch, Boutiques, and Local Favorites [Racked]
The Society of Old Brooklynites Has Been Kicking Since 1880 [Brooklyn Paper]
Williamsburg Community Board Snubs on-Street Bike Parking [Brooklyn Paper]
Grimaldi’s Pizza Co-Founder Dies at 75 [NBC NY]
Two Stories of Beauty at Henry and Union [Lost City]
“Gratitude Cafe” to Open in the Next Couple Weeks [Q at Parkside]
Cherry Blossoms a Cause for Celebration at Brooklyn Garden [NY1]

04/11/14 9:00am


We’re sure you’re tired of hearing how expensive Brooklyn is getting, and the last market report out for the quarter only confirms it.

In a kind of good news-bad news scenario, prices per square foot in all of Brooklyn fell in the first quarter compared to the year before, while average prices for townhouses and other homes shot up amazingly in “emerging” Brooklyn — that is, Bed Stuy, Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens and Bushwick. The 5 percent decline in average square foot prices (to $635) should be good news for priced-out buyers, but it’s really not.

The reason for the decline, according to the report from Corcoran, is that lack of inventory in the borough’s most expensive neighborhoods has pushed buyers into more affordable ones, such as Sunset Park, East New York and Coney Island.

It was the first drop in nearly two years, The Real Deal reported.

The category of home that is rising in price most quickly is one- to four-family townhouses. “The average price of a single-family townhouse grew to $2.2 million from $1.5 million year-over-year,” said The Real Deal. Median prices for new development also rose, increasing by 15 percent to $875,000.

You haven’t been imagining things: Townhouses in Bed Stuy, Crown Heights, Bushwick, and Prospect Lefferts Gardens saw huge price gains. The average price of a single family townhouse in these areas, which Corcoran now tracks as one submarket, increased 51 percent in the year, to $1,138,000 from $755,000. The average price of a two- to four-family townhouses increased 41 percent, from $760,000 to $1,074,000.

Perhaps because of the low inventory, the market share of northwest Brooklyn declined in the first quarter while areas in southern Brooklyn grew, to 30 percent from 18 percent over the year.

Here is Gawker’s take on the news:

Brooklyn used to be “cool.” Now Brooklyn is expensive and horrible. Here, based on the latest figures out today, is a fun bar trivia game to play: ask someone, “Do you know what the median rent in Brooklyn is?” Then, as they’re thinking about it, ostentatiously empty a container of cyanide into your beer….Nothing screams “a welcoming place of refuge for young people and their artistic youthful energy” like a $2,900 a month median rent.

How do you feel about it?