It started as a farming estate in 1660, owned by Lefferts Pietersen van Haughwout, a Dutch immigrant and the constable of Old Flatbush. In the 19th century, his descendent James Lefferts divided it up into 600 lots for high-end development — what was then called Lefferts Manor. But it wasn’t until 1968 that the neighborhood got its current name: Prospect Lefferts Gardens.


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Prospect Lefferts Gardens — a name that refers to its Lefferts heritage as well as its proximity to Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden — has had many chapters to its story. Over the years, its charms have attracted upper middle-class homeowners in the early 20th century; Irish-Americans, Italian-Americans, and Jews in the mid 20th century; and a wave of Caribbean immigration in the 1980s. Now, with an influx of young New Yorkers looking for affordable space in Brooklyn, the neighborhood is getting a new crop of restaurants, bars, and shops to add to its vibrant Caribbean culture, along with over 2,000 new apartments.

To celebrate the opening of the new Prospect Lefferts Gardens office (at 661 Flatbush Ave) of the Brooklyn real estate firm MySpace NYC, their agents — many of whom live in the neighborhood — present some of the can’t-miss restaurants, bars, and shops that make PLG one of Brooklyn’s most exciting neighborhoods. Click through for their picks! (more…)


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This five-room, three-bedroom coop is on Clinton Street in Carroll Gardens, with laundry in unit, full bath and a guest powder room.

The kitchen, equipped with a dishwasher, granite countertops, and raised panel cabinetry, looks out onto a formal dining room with a decorative wood mantled fireplace. The main living area gets a lot of light thanks to windows off the kitchen and living room. And since this unit boasts approximately 1,253 square feet of this building’s top floor, residents can enjoy both sunrises from the east and sunsets from its west-facing master bedroom.

The building is located 4 blocks from the Carroll Street F and G subway station, 4 blocks from Brooklyn Bridge Park, and steps away from many of the area’s favorite eateries. The list price comes in at $1,500,000 with monthly maintenance of only $350. Click through for more pictures.

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The 7th annual 40-mile bike ride from Greenpoint to Rockaway Beach along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront will take place on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

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It can be easy to forget that Brooklyn is, for the most part, surrounded by water. From the East River and the New York Bay, to Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Brooklyn’s coastline is worth a tour. And there’s no better way to see all of it in one day than by bike.

Registration is now open for The Epic Ride, a 40-mile bike ride from Greenpoint to Rockaway Beach presented by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI). Now in its seventh year, this tour of the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront will take place on Saturday, July 25.

Riders will have the opportunity to discover hidden and far flung neighborhoods, pedal through city, state, and national parks and take in spectacular bridge and city views along the Brooklyn Waterfront and Jamaica Bay Greenways. Last year’s event saw nearly 1,000 cyclists take part and this year’s ridership is expected to grow. The route will showcase the potential of a fully completed Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway combined with a completed Jamaica Bay Greenway and will travel along existing, new, and soon-to-break-ground Greenway segments. (more…)

This article is part of a series of real estate tips from Brooklyn broker Gabriele Sewtz of Compass, a specialist in the Brooklyn family market.

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If you’re looking for a home in Brooklyn, and you either have kids or are thinking about having kids, it’s essential to research the local schools.

A detail as apparently trivial as what side of the street your home is on can decide which kindergarten your child is zoned for, and what elementary school he or she will eventually end up attending.

Keep in mind, too, that a home located in an in-demand school zone may sell for up to 15% higher than the house across the street in a different zone. This can be a good investment in a lot of ways, whether you think about selling your home in the future or how much you will save by not paying $25,000 or more a year for a private school.

Because of the Fair Housing Act, real estate agents are not permitted to discuss local schools when showing you a home. They can, however, direct you to information sources that can help you find out everything you need to know. And when it comes to the New York City school system, there’s a lot you need to know.

Following are some tips for navigating the New York City school system from Brooklyn real estate broker Gabriele Sewtz. As a mother, homeowner and landlord who moved to Park Slope in 1999, Sewtz has a lot of experience helping New York families find the right home for all their needs. (more…)


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Maybe, when your first child came along, you thought, I am going to teach my child to appreciate healthy food, not the garbage I grew up eating.

And maybe, just maybe, after countless trips to fancy grocery stores and farmer markets, hours spent trying out recipes, and endless dinner table showdowns with your tiny, finicky roommate, you revised your strategy. You thought, Screw it. Just give him the frozen chicken nuggets and white rice, if that’s what he wants so much.

You may be happy to know there’s a solution to healthy family eating that falls between these two extremes.

Blue Apron’s family plan makes cooking at home fun again. Once a week, fresh ingredients are delivered to your door for meals you and your family can prepare together, eat together, and enjoy together. Read on to see how Blue Apron can get your kids interested in eating healthy, and if you sign up now you can get two meals free with your first order. (more…)

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You’re responsible. You set up your homeowners or renters insurance years ago, so you’re all set, right? Not so fast. Every once in a while, it’s good to revisit your policy to see if it needs updating.

Some questions to ask yourself:

— Have you made any recent big purchases? A new television, computer, or jewelry? A musical instrument? Have you exceeded the overall limit of what’s covered in your policy?

— If you recently acquired jewelry, does your policy cover that category?

— Do you do a lot of online shopping? If so, does your policy cover theft or damage to incoming packages?

— Do you have a bike? Does your policy cover theft outside the apartment?

— Is your name on the policy? If not, are you still covered?

These questions aren’t meant to give you something new to worry about. The answers are only a phone call away. Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc. is a New York-based, family-owned company, and they know NYC apartment owner and renter needs better than anybody else. This means they can quickly make sure that you have the right plan and coverage for your needs. (more…)


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Built in 1825, this stunning Brooklyn Heights townhouse boasts six bedrooms, two kitchens, three full bathrooms, an office, and a laundry room. Both the living and dining rooms on the parlor floor (the parlor floor!) have wood-burning fireplaces, and details such as the period moldings, the claw-foot bathtub in the master bathroom, and a restored mahogany staircase hark back to an earlier era.

The huge master bedroom has windows the width of the house with Manhattan-facing views. Guests or family members can enjoy their own private apartment on the garden level, complete with a separate kitchen, bathroom, and family room. With so many bedrooms to spare, one has been converted to a third-floor media room. The parlor floor deck overlooks a fully landscaped garden, with a terrace, pond, patio, and a cherry tree that blossoms in the spring.

The house is located in historic Brooklyn Heights, one block from the Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Nearby transportation options include the 2/3 and A/C subway lines, as well as the Water Taxi at Pier One. Click through for more pictures.

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Winter’s over, guys. (We hope.) After what seemed like a million months of dirty snow and black ice, the crocuses are blooming and the birds are singing again. And it’s not just the birds who are happy — from the Bronx Zoo down to the New York Aquarium, animals are getting ready to throw a party in the celebration of Spring.

And lucky you… you’re the official photographer!

On April 26, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the parent organization for the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo, turns 120. To celebrate, they’re inviting New Yorkers on a city-wide photo safari. By completing 120 photo challenges and sharing them on Instagram and Twitter, you can earn the chance to win such prizes as a free trip to the Belize barrier reef, a whale-watching expedition with WCS scientists, or the opportunity to be a sea lion trainer for a day.

To sign up and check out a list of the “120 Ways #NYisWild,” go to, or read below for more details. (more…)


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Sheldon Silver. Michael Grimm. It seems as if every time you check your news feed there’s another New York politician being accused of political corruption. And those are just the accusations of the illegal influence of money on politics. When the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. FEC that private corporations and unions were permitted by the Constitution to advertise for or against political candidates, the door to corporate influence on politics was thrown wide open.

In this climate, does your vote even matter? Will your voice be heard?

On Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m., BRIC is bringing together politicians, writers, and activists for the latest event in their town hall series, Big Money and Politics: Can Your Voice Count? The free event, to be broadcast live by Brooklyn Independent Media from the BRIC House Ballroom, will “take a look at the inequality created when wealth holds the power to make policies that affect us all.” (more…)

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The afternoon of October 24, 1898 started out as usual on Pier 39 in Red Hook. This was home to the German American Mutual Warehousing and Security Company, aka the German American Stores. They operated one of Red Hook’s larger storage and warehousing facilities; receiving, storing and shipping goods from all over the world.

They were one of Brooklyn’s largest cotton warehouses, and also stored vast quantities of jute, silk, sugar, and other commodities. Their vast storage space included brick warehouses, covered sheds, and two long piers with covered storage buildings running the length of the piers.

Like all of Red Hook’s warehouses and factories, they stored extremely flammable goods right next to equally flammable accelerants. Apparently there were no laws preventing such practices at the time. All of the dusty plant matter stored also caused spontaneous combustion. Consequently, fire was not uncommon along Brooklyn’s shoreline and in her adjacent factories.

Because the threat of fire was so great, the local fire houses were staffed with a lot of men and equipment. Over the years, a fleet of fire boats had also been established to fight fires from the water. They would need them all this day. (more…)


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The Warren Place Mews is one of the loveliest blocks in Cobble Hill, with historic cottage homes built around a lush garden courtyard. It’s pretty rare to see a property on the market here, which is why the listing for 141 Baltic Street is exciting indeed. This isn’t one of the smaller cottages — it’s actually a larger brick townhouse that’s four stories tall with 1,600 square feet. The rear of the house provides access to the Mews. Ultimately it seems like you’re getting the best of both worlds: a spacious, historic townhouse alongside the quaint, private community of the Warren Place Mews.

The landmarked, brick home was constructed in 1878 but it’s going to need a modern upgrade. This is an estate sale, with potential buyers urged to bring their architects along. While you’d be working from scratch, it’s the ideal property for a buyer who envisions modern, top-of-the-line finishes within a historic Cobble Hill home. This has tons of potential to be a very special project indeed. The asking price comes in at $2,250,000, and the property is available to look at by appointment only.

141 Baltic Street [Brooklyn Bridge Realty] GMAP

German American Stores, Brooklyn Eagle, 1898

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Today we walk along the piers in Red Hook and admire the view of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty. We enjoy the quietness and relative remoteness of the surroundings. You can hear the seagulls, the gentle slap of the water against the rocks, and the excited laughter of children. If you turn around and look towards shore, the iconic warehouses called “stores” await you; today enviable apartments, lofts and working spaces. Red Hook is a unique place.

But back in the 1800s, the scene would be very different. There would be no strolling along the piers, as this was the site of one of the busiest ports in America. Goods from all over the world arrived and departed from here. The stores that remain were joined by dozens of others along the shore. Granaries rose along the waterfront, joining sugar refineries, factories and warehouses making and storing more goods and products that you could imagine.

The Red Hook waterfront was a rough place. Men from all over the world mixed here, jostling each other as they rolled wagons and barrels of merchandise to and from the ships and the stores. These stores held everything from jute to tobacco, leather hides, coffee, cotton, molasses and sugar. They also stored pitch, resin, turpentine and benzene. (more…)