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The O'Connell Organization is a family owned and operated real estate development business with over 150 properties in New York State.

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Our neighborhoods all have interesting place names. The streets, thoroughfares and neighborhoods themselves are named for people, landmarks, or natural features that were a part of its history. So it stands to reason that Red Hook, with its storied past, would have some interesting street names.

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The name “Red Hook” goes back to the city’s Dutch past.

When settlers first put down roots here, they named the area Roode Hoek because of the color of the soil, and the general shape of the land. “Hoek” means “point” or “corner.” It referred to a point that stuck out into the bay near today’s Dikeman and Coffey Streets.

The Dutch must have felt Gowanus and Red Hook to be just like home. It was a low-lying area, with streams, tidal ponds and marshes leading to the sea. They cut small canals through it, harnessed the water with windmills, and raised streets and farmland.

Centuries before a highway bisected it, Red Hook was a town apart due to the swampy land of Gowanus, and a creek which effectively cut it off from the rest of South Brooklyn. The creek was filled in long before Gowanus’ land was permanently drained for the canal in the mid-19th century. (more…)

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Sponsored By AVA DoBro.

AVA DoBro is now renting studio, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn.

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AVA DoBro offers brand-new studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments in Downtown Brooklyn. The building features multiple rooftop decks, a fully equipped fitness center, and a heated outdoor pet run for your furry friends. AVA DoBro is directly above the Jay Street-MetroTech subway station and the A/C, F, and R trains, while also being a quick walk from the 2/3, 4/5, B, and Q. (more…)

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Sponsored By Brooklyn Bridge Realty.

We have been serving this historic community for almost 30 years. We are your neighborhood resource... for everything!

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This five-bedroom townhouse is located on a picturesque block in Boerum Hill. Reimagined as a luxury single-family home by the Meshberg Group*, the historic property comes with plans for a roof terrace, fully finished cellar, and a manicured garden.

The 3,340-square-foot home is replete with designer touches, including a striking limestone fireplace and a custom slate bench. A spacious living room leads to an open kitchen and dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows. Large glass doors open onto the private deck and garden.

The kitchen has Calacatta marble countertops, Miele appliances, and a Kallista stainless steel sink. The master bathroom is outfitted with Carrara marble walls and stone countertops and boasts a freestanding tub. Hate stepping on cold floors? Heated porcelain tiles will keep your feet toasty on chilly mornings.

*Property description is based on plans provided by the Meshberg Group, the existing home is currently unfinished.

The asking price is $4,975,000. Click through for more pictures.

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Sponsored By Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc.

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What’s the worst thing that can happen to your New York apartment in a heat wave? Well, your notoriously finicky elevator could require maintenance and turn your apartment into a 14th story walk-up. At least you’ll get some exercise.

But what happens if your air conditioner unit clogs and has to be turned off while repairs are made or a lightning strike or power surge knocks out the unit? Suddenly, you’re really wishing you’d gotten around to getting renter’s insurance.

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Sponsored By Navy Green.

Navy Green is a brand new development of 3-4 bedroom townhomes starting at $1.9 million, directly across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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If you have a family, you know what it’s like. Every time you try to leave the house with your kids it’s a production every bit as big as that of a Michael Bay blockbuster.

If you’re going to go through all that just to leave the house, you’d better have something worth leaving for.

Navy Green is on the border of two neighborhoods — Fort Greene and Clinton Hill — which should keep you and your family occupied. Navy Green will make that decision to leave even more difficult, but the neighborhood options are endless whether you’ve got the kids, or you’ve paid a sitter for a much-needed break.

The three-story, single-family townhouses at Navy Green have everything you could want in a family home: three or four bedrooms, two full and two half bathrooms, a back garden with a patio, media room dishwasher, utility room with washer/dryer.
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Sponsored By Rocket Factory Lofts.

Rocket Factory Lofts in Williamsburg offers chic, renovated apartments with authentic industrial charm and stunning views.

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Rocket Factory Lofts is shaking up Williamsburg’s rental market. Located in the neighborhood’s vibrant Southside area, the property offers industrial-chic lofts in a former rocket and plane parts factory. (How cool is that?)

The pre-war building has had many incarnations over the years. Built in 1910 as a Gretsch musical instrument factory, the seven-story building also served as the headquarters of the Interstate Electric Novelty Company in the 1920s. Fun fact: they developed the first portable electric flashlight there in 1923.

Rocket Factory Lofts underwent an extensive renovation after it was purchased by Meadow Partners in 2014. Although they were careful to preserve the property’s historic character, the developer outfitted the turn-of-the-century factory with marble hallways and a glass-paneled elevator. (more…)

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Sponsored By The O'Connell Organization.

The O'Connell Organization is a family owned and operated real estate development business with over 150 properties in New York State.

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A trip to the Red Hook Fairway may be your excuse to visit the iconic warehouses of Red Hook, but once you are there, stop for a moment and look around.

You are looking at American and international history.

It’s a story of how these Red Hook warehouses—or “stores,” as they used to be called—were the conduit between the cotton fields of the South and the textile mills of upstate New York and New England. And it’s the story of how an Irish immigrant not only made his fortune, but gave Red Hook its shape.

This is the story of King Cotton, and its connection to Brooklyn. (more…)

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Sponsored By MySpaceNYC.

865 Greene offers 2, 3, and 4-bedroom unites in Stuyvesant Heights, one of Brooklyn's many up-and-coming neighborhoods.

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Stuyvesant Heights was one of the two main villages that were merged to form Bedford-Stuyvesant, along with (you guessed it) Bedford. Stuyvesant Heights is known for its outstanding architecture, including 19th-century rowhouses that have retained many of their original features. The neighborhood’s historic district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, and expanded in 1996.

This neighborhood is also home to 865 Greene Avenue, a renovated residence with available two-, three-, and four-bedroom rentals. All units at 865 Greene feature hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and that dream of the New York apartment: a washer and dryer in-unit. The beautiful building is pet-friendly and even has a shared backyard. (more…)

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Sponsored By Brooklyn Bridge Realty.

We have been serving this historic community for almost 30 years. We are your neighborhood resource... for everything!

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This five-bedroom Prospect Heights townhouse has six bathrooms, wood floors, and plenty of exposed brick. The three-story property has a potential 4,000 feet of living space and a spacious private garden (check the square footage with your architect). A large basement affords ample storage space.

Although the home is in need of renovation, its generous layout has tons of potential. Currently configured for multiple families, it can also be converted into a palatial single-family home.

The property is located on tree-lined Underhill Avenue, just two blocks from Prospect Park and steps away from Grand Army Plaza and many of the area’s favorite eateries. Nearby transportation options include the 2/3 and 4/5 express and local lines.

The asking price is $2,549,000. Click through for more pictures.

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Sponsored By AVA DoBro.

AVA DoBro is now renting studio, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn.

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For many years, the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower was the tallest building in Brooklyn. Compared to Manhattan, Brooklyn buildings tended to stay closer to the ground. But the recent building boom in Downtown Brooklyn has changed all that, and now AVA DoBro stretches 595 feet into the sky.

If you’re wondering what it would be like to live in a Brooklyn skyscraper like AVA DoBro, you’re in luck. The new residential building is now pre-leasing for September rentals. Move in and soon you can see for yourself what it’s like to take in the views from the building’s 58th-floor roof deck and experience the convenience of living in Brooklyn’s hub for commerce and transportation.

AVA DoBro is a short walk away from such iconic Brooklyn institutions as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Barclays Center, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the Brooklyn Flea, and residents can also enjoy the local restaurants and shopping that Fort Greene, Cobble Hill, and Brooklyn Heights are known for. (more…)

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Sponsored By BRIC.

BRIC is a nonprofit arts and media cultural organization that presents free and low-cost programming to the community.

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BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, is bringing fantastic new opportunities for creativity and voice to Coney Island and the surrounding community!

After two years of planning and hard work, BRIC’s Brooklyn Free Speech has launched its new, state-of-the-art television studio at the Coney Island Library. This partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library will provide Brooklynites access to up-to-the-minute video technology, a range of free and low-cost classes, and the opportunity for having the programs they create cablecast throughout Brooklyn. (more…)

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Sponsored By Lakeside Brooklyn.

The LeFrak Center Lakeside offers seasonal activities including roller skating, boat and bike rentals, splash pad and winter ice skating as well as year-round dining at Bluestone Café.

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Kids feeling cooped up? The Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park has plenty of summer activities to keep them busy.

Lakeside’s “Rollerskate in the Tot-Spot” skate session caters to the three-and-under crowd. Held every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the toddler-only skate session features games, music, and activities. Kids even get a snack! (more…)