11/20/15 11:31am

No-Fee Brooklyn Apartments with Oliver App

Sponsored By Oliver.

Oliver is an iOS app that lets you browse thousands of no-fee apartments and schedule showings at the touch of a button.

Created By BlankSlate

When you’re hunting for a new apartment, there’s a lot to keep track of. So many apartments to see, phone calls to make, emails to send. If you’re in the market for a no-fee or owner-listed apartment, you find yourself trying to track down landlords who don’t answer their phones. And when they do answer, you find out that someone else has rented your dream apartment. Back to square one!

Oliver hopes to change that. Oliver is an iOS app that lets you browse thousands of no-fee and owner-listed apartments and schedule showings at the tap of a button, no phone calls or emails required.

Apartment listings on Oliver feed from the landlords themselves, so there are no broker fees, ever. The apartments are displayed on a map, so you can save time by planning out the best route to check out multiple properties. And it’s easy to narrow your search by using the filter option to choose your desired price range, layout, amenities and neighborhood, and even your target move-in date. (more…)

11/20/15 11:09am

Farmhouse Renovation Home Design Saugerties Catskills

Seven years ago, when Brooklyn-based couple David and Lori Brown began their hunt for an upstate home to buy and restore, they were envisioning a farmstead, complete with a view of the Catskill Mountains and a fireplace. After three years of rifling online and touring grounds across Ulster County, they found just that: a 200-year-old farmhouse near the village of Saugerties, N.Y. (more…)

11/20/15 8:30am
Flushing Ave MTA stop Bed Stuy Brooklyn

Waiting for a train in Bed Stuy. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
Tips for First-Time Buyers in Brooklyn and Beyond [NYT]
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Spring Construction Start Expected for Brooklyn Heights Cinema Building Condo Makeover [Eagle]
Di Fara Pizza’s New Monday Service Means Dom Won’t Make All the Pies [Eater]
Gibraltar Penthouse in Greenpoint Under Contract for Record-Breaking $1,482 per Square Foot [TRD]
Scorecard: Despite Building Spree, BK Has “Lean Condo Pipeline” [TRD]
Another Brooklyn Community Board Rejects Mayor’s Affordable Housing Plan [DNA]

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Earlier this month, Park Slope’s beloved sandwich shop City Sub added an “s” to its name and reopened with the company’s longest-standing employee, Thomas Moran, at the helm. Watch below as Moran tells the restaurant’s story. (more…)

11/19/15 4:51pm
5th Avenue Park Slope

5th Avenue in Park Slope. Photo by Josh Kesner via Flickr

In the News
The 9 Most Ridiculous Airbnbs in Brooklyn for Thanksgiving Weekend [Technically]
Brooklyn Museum Asks Protestors to Show Signs at Exhibit [WNYC]
Red Hook Delivery Man Dies Two Days After Tree Fell on Him [NYDN]
The Brooklyn Boys Who Won’t Let Seltzer Die [Edible BK]
Designers Assuming Chunks of Space in Gowanus Warehouse [CO]

Click through to read a welder’s perspective on rents in Brooklyn…

11/19/15 1:00pm

Commercial broker Chris Havens, left, interviews commercial developer Albert Laboz

Resistance to high rents in Bushwick and the dramatic impact of the end of the 421-a tax break were two hot topics industry insiders were talking about at the Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable at the Brooklyn Historical Society Tuesday afternoon.

Brownstoner checked it out and mingled with developers, brokers, bankers, and architects, who gathered — as they do every quarter — to discuss the industry’s most pressing issues and hear movers and shakers talk about their projects.

Click through for Brownstoner’s favorite quotes, notable trends, and development updates. (more…)