We’re happy to let you all know that Cate, Brownstoner’s fearless managing editor, had a baby over the weekend and will be on the sidelines for the next month or so. In her stead, Jim Rendon will be in the driver’s seat. Jim’s a freelance journalist who has covered real estate for The New York Times, The Times real estate magazine, Key, and SmartMoney. He’s also written about a broad range of topics including architecture and design for Dwell, Metropolis and other magazines. He’s a long time Brownstoner reader and occasional commenter. He and his wife started renovating their Bed-Stuy brownstone at the end of 2005 and still think that they may actually finish one day. Please join us in congratulating Cate and welcoming Jim to the Brownstoner family.
We’re very pleased to announce that Cate Corcoran is starting today as Managing Editor at Brownstoner. In addition to having been an active member of the Brownstoner community for years, Cate has written about technology, fashion, culture, and business for such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, Salon, and The Wall Street Journal. She taught a class on social media at New York University, and has worked as a cool hunter identifying trends on the street in New York for Outlaw Consulting. She moved to Brooklyn in 2001, where she is restoring an 1890s wood frame house. Welcome!
Reclaimed Home, a long-time Brooklyn-based blog devoted to architectural salvage and adaptive reuse, was doing some house-cleaning on its blog roll (an old-school concept in itself at this point) and noticed how many Brooklyn blogs have called it quits in the last couple of years. Since we’ve been doing this now for, gulp, more than seven years the round-up made us feel both old and sentimental, common emotions at this time of year. The list of those who’ve packed it in include Bushwick BK (October 2011), Brooklyn Born (August 2011), Bed Stuy Blog (June 2011), Here Be Old Things (February 2011), Bed Stuy Banana (December 2009), Crown Heightser (August 2010), Clinton Hill Blog (July 2010) and Brooklyn Optimist (January 2010). And, of course, the saddest of them all, was the end of Gowanus Lounge, when its creator Bob Guskind died tragically in March 2009. RIP.
Seven years ago last week, we launched Brownstoner. Google’s long since erased the first three months of content from when the site was at brownstoner.blogspot.com, but at least we’ve still got this post that Max at Apartment Therapy put up a few days into things. (Curbed also gave us a nice little nudge at the time.) By January of 2005, we’d moved the site to its current stand-alone location and gone completely down the blogging rabbit hole. It’s funny where life takes you!
William F. Hendrickson, a V.P. at Elliman, has launched a blog called Insight on Brooklyn Real Estate. There’s a post so far examining sales prices at the Isabella condo, as shown in the chart above, and one that looks into the big differences in rental prices for One Hanson units. But is this one worth bookmarking or adding to the ol’ RSS? Perhaps, since it’s already working an angle on Brooklyn’s hot-button issue of the moment, neighborhood names. The Isabella post says the condo “has become a must see in the Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, ClinPro area.” ProCro: So last month.
Insight on Brooklyn Real Estate [Official Site]
We’re less than a hundred away from having 3,000 followers on Twitter. If that’s how you roll, we’d be mighty obliged if you’d care to follow us.
Big news around Brownstoner HQ: After many months of planning, Brownstoner Philadelphia launches this morning. With its incredible architectural history and passionate residents, Philly has the two key ingredients for a successful Brownstoner community. With Gabby Warshawer, a three-year veteran of Brownstoner Brooklyn, at the helm and a handful of local contributors in place, we hope to do exciting things in the City of Brotherly Love. We urge you to check out the site and, please, take a minute to shoot an email to your friends and family in the area.
In related news, you may notice that things look a little different around here. With the help of the crack team at Six Apart, we’re pleased to debut an updated look for Brownstoner. Not too much has changed: The headlines are a little bigger, we’ve added some shortcuts for spreading stories via Twitter and Facebook, and we’ve tried to bring the neighborhood archives into greater prominence.
In the future, we hope to start having some overlap between the Philly and Brooklyn sites where appropriate. Most importantly, we plan to introduce a shared Forum, where posts that are not geographically specific can share feedback. At some point, the renovation blogs may be co-mingled too.
We look forward to your feedback on both sites. Please kick the tires and let us know if you see any problems. Thanks for playing.
Our long-awaited new t-shirt design just arrived from the printer. They are going to be available this Sunday at The Flea from 12:30-2 at the main information booth right when you walk in. They’re American Apparel so they run a little on the small side but they are great quality. They’ll be $15 a pop, and we have all adult sizes and some kids sizes as well. Hope to see you Sunday.
Just a reminder that we started an email service this week that delivers the day’s headlines to your inbox every afternoon. Whether you’re a regular reader or an infrequent visitor, it’s a good way to make sure you don’t miss anything. You can sign up above or by clicking here.
Sharp-eyed readers may have notice the appearance of a sign-up box for a daily email in the upper right corner of the page in the last day. That’s because we’ve just launched a Daily email alert for readers who want to make sure they don’t miss anything. It’s pretty simple: Towards the end of the afternoon every day, you’ll receive an email with the day’s headlines that you can click if you want to read the full post. Hopefully some time soon we’ll add weekly email summaries by neighborhood.
When I was in high school, they wouldn’t let girls take Shop, or boys take Home Ecch. I blame the gender biased teaching of the 1970′s for my inability to successfully tinker with electronic and electrical doodads. Because if I could, I would have built one of these babies a long time ago. What better accoutrement for a Victorian home and office could one have? And don’t forget the keyboard. Steampunk is an interesting phenomenon, with some amazingly inventive people working in the genre. The possibilities for inventive transformations of modern technology are only as limited as the imagination. The site’s creator, Jake Von Slatt, shows how to build one of these, so get out those tools!
Photo: Jake Von Slatt/steampunkworkshop.com.
This podcast interview we did a few days ago just went up on the Housing Helix.
We’ve owed you some results since we ran our latest reader survey a couple of weeks ago. Basically, there was very little difference between the results of the recent survey and the one we conducted back in 2007, but it’s still fun to look at.
– 45% have been reading since before 2007
– 80% check the site at least once a day
– 45% check the site several times a day or more
– Male/female split was exactly 50/50
– 46% are in their 30s, 25% are in their 40s
– More than 95% have a college degree or higher
– Bankers and lawyers were the two highest-represented professions
– More than 60% work in Manhattan
– 70% make at least $100,000 per year
– 90% live in Brooklyn, 4% in Manhattan
– 20% of Brooklyn dwellers in Park Slope
– 59% own their own place: 53% houses, 26% co-ops, 21% condos
– 50% of renters planning to buy within next two years
– 74% of owners have fixed rate mortgages, 11% have none at all
– 30% think the Brooklyn market has already bottomed
– 50% think the market will bottom at some point in the next year
– Park Slope most favored nabe for investment over next 3-5 years
– 58% of home owners spend at least $2,500 a year on upkeep
– 49% would be willing to pay a premium for LEED certified construction
– 53% of readers have used the Forum in the past year to find a contractor
– 55% own a car
– 55% are childless, 22% have just one child, 23% have two or more
– 59% of readers with school-age children send them to public school
– 74% go out to dinner at least 3 times a month
– 35% order take-out at least 10 times a month
– 50% have used the Restaurants section to find a restaurant
– 72% have a Facebook account, 24% have a Twitter account
We’ll drop some more detailed graphics on you over the coming weeks.
Sorry for the hour-long outage we just experienced. Posts are now publishing again but the techies are still working on an issue surrounding user profiles so you may have difficulty logging in for a bit. If you were following us on Twitter, you would have received an alert about the technical difficulties.
You may have noticed the username jscheff showing up under some posts this week. That would be our new writer, Jonathan Scheff. He’s currently undergoing blogging boot camp in hopes that he will be able to step into the driver’s seat by the time we’re ready to head to Hawaii for a week at the end of the month. So be nice! Prior to this, Jonathan has contributed to The Week, Scientific American and amNY among other publications.