Artist rendering of the proposed waterfront streetcar via Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector

Prospective residents of the new mixed use development at Navy Green, straddling the borders of Clinton Hill and Fort Greene, may wonder about the Brooklyn Navy Yard a couple blocks to the north. What does it have to offer people who live in the area?

Right now, the Navy Yard is primarily an industrial park where a thriving community of artists and craftspeople, manufacturers and distributors, and other Brooklyn entrepreneurs ply their trade. Its visitor center, BLDG92, stages exhibitions, events, and tours that showcase the past, present and future of this historic landmark.

But what’s really exciting about the Navy Yard is what’s coming in the near future. With a cash infusion of as much as $140 million flooding the area, there are a host of new developments in the works, including a high-end food court at Building 77, a 74,000-square-foot Wegmans supermarket, the expansion of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, and — perhaps — Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious plan for a streetcar which will connect the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts from Sunset Park to Astoria. Read on to find out more.


Staying in a luxury hotel on a vacation or business trip can spoil you. There are the stylish rooms, of course, plus the rooftop lounges and the tricked-out fitness centers. But what really makes a great hotel shine is the concierge desk, where friendly people are there to answer your questions, help you with your needs, and give you expert recommendations to make sure your stay is as good as it can be.

If you think you can’t get service like that at home, let Instrata Lifestyle Residences show you how it’s done.

Instrata is dedicated to bringing the deluxe hotel experience to luxury rentals. After opening up successful locations in Los Angeles, Dallas, D.C., and Manhattan — including a portion of the stunning Mercedes House — Instrata has brought its winning formula to Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope.

The Instrata Concierge Service strives to provide residents with a five-star, personalized service. Each month, Instrata hosts its unique signature resident events, featuring salons, parties, cultural affairs, and educational gatherings. Recent gatherings have included a boot camp in the park, cooking classes, comedy club nights, exclusive dining offers, rooftop cocktail parties, spa sessions, yoga, and more.


With the nation focused on the seemingly intractable problem of gun violence, BRIC TV has introduced a series of three videos on how this problem manifests itself on the streets of Brooklyn—and what Brooklynites are doing about it.

“Gun Violence in Brooklyn, Part 1” — which you can watch above — tells the story of Marlon Peterson. He was incarcerated for ten years due to his involvement in an armed robbery, and his experience with the criminal justice system inspired him to become a social justice advocate. Peterson is the creator a project called Safe Child Zones.

Peterson talks about his upbringing in Crown Heights, and how events in his life contributed to behaviors that led to gun violence and tragedy. The video was shot by Chris Raddatz, and produced and edited by Natasha Gaspard.


Meet Casper, the company that offers a completely new way to shop for a mattress. Casper started in 2014, selling one perfect mattress directly to customers in order to avoid inflated, commission-based pricing. All of Casper’s mattress sizes are under $1,000. And with the discount code “BROWNSTONER” you can get $50 off your purchase of any Casper mattress.


Brooklyn Heights. Photo by Justin Kiner via Flickr

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Charlie Sahadi, longtime owner of beloved Atlantic Avenue market Sahadi’s, is retiring and leaving the biz to his kids. One commenter had the following sendoff for the outgoing owner.


Living directly across from Prospect Park gives Brooklyn city dwellers a front-row seat to the changing seasons, whether by sledding with the kids in winter, watching the flowers bloom in spring, a leisurely summer bike ride, or a view of fall’s brilliant foliage. This connection with nature is one of the things that makes 123 On The Park one of the most in-demand new addresses in Brooklyn.

What’s outside, though, is just the beginning. Inside there’s a stylish lobby with a Fireside Lounge, a welcoming place to greet guests or just take a break after a long day. The apartments—spacious studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom—feature high ceilings and big windows, many with lovely views of the park.


Brooklyn shed its “little brother” complex with Manhattan long ago, but you have to admit that one of the best sights in the borough is the view of the Manhattan skyline from across the bustling East River.

Located immediately to the south of the Brooklyn Bridge, Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park offers unobstructed views of lower Manhattan, Governors Island, and the Statue of Liberty. Pierhouse sits at the intersection of Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights, situated in the stunning landscape of Brooklyn Bridge Park and within walking distance of some of Brooklyn’s most popular attractions, including The River Café, St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and the bridge itself.

And then there’s the building itself. Every residential unit is a duplex that faces Brooklyn Bridge Park and Manhattan, with views to the west and the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood to the east. Limestone-clad piers frame the western façade, while playfully tinted panels on the east façade riff off of the colors of Brownstone Brooklyn. The rooftop is made up of private, paved patios interspersed with native grasses and shrubs.

With 18-foot ceilings in most living rooms, wood floors made from reclaimed heart pine, water and energy efficient design, and automatic roller shades, Pierhouse is as forward-looking as it is stylish.


Over the past decade or two, historic Boerum Hill has become one of Brooklyn’s most coveted neighborhoods. Recent developments in the area—such as the addition of Morris Adjmi’s 465 Pacific—offer more opportunities to live in Boerum Hill and enjoy all it has to offer. The 30 new homes, ranging from one- to five-bedrooms, will include terrace duplex homes and penthouses.

Living in Boerum Hill gives residents easy access to some of the city’s best boutiques, major shopping centers, diverse restaurants, and Brooklyn’s cultural district. Following is a taste of what Boerum Hill and its adjacent neighborhoods have to offer.


New Year’s Eve Times Square ball drop, 2014. Photo by Anthony Quintano via Flickr.

Every year, you approach the new year with a laundry list of things you want to improve. Lose weight. Eat healthier. Make smarter decisions with your money.

For that last one, there’s one simple thing you can do right away. In a matter of minutes, and for less money than you might expect (about 75 cents a day), you can insure your apartment and everything in it.

After all, no one knows what the new year will bring. While it’s natural to make plans for a better job, exotic travel, and maybe even a new romance, surprisingly few people take steps to plan for the kind of things that could derail their whole year — be it a break-in, a kitchen fire, or the upstairs neighbors leaving their bathtub running. Renters insurance from Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc. can make sure that an unforeseen event doesn’t cause you to lose everything you’ve worked so hard for.