Nonprofit arts and media organization BRIC has been a cornerstone of the Brooklyn arts scene since 1979, so it is a delight to announce that their newest venture BRIC TV, launched just last year, has received nine New York Emmy nominations. Add four more nominations for shows produced through BRIC’s Brooklyn Free Speech initiative, and that makes BRIC the 12th most nominated organization, tying with WABC and WCBS.


This spacious one-bedroom condominium at 892 Bergen Street in Crown Heights has an open layout with oversized windows — floor to ceiling in the bedroom — that make the apartment very welcoming and sunny.

The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, including a built-in microwave and a dishwasher. The sink peninsula adds extra counter space, and there is room for a dining table. Off the living room, there’s an outdoor terrace, and the bedroom has lots of closet space. Other perks include a washer and dryer in the apartment, storage in the cellar, a shared garden, and parking included in the combined monthly charges.

The building is right across the street from the popular brewery and food vendor hall Berg’n, and there are plenty of other restaurants, bars, and shops in the area, particularly along booming Franklin Avenue. There are also a few fitness establishments to choose from. The A and C trains are nearby at Franklin Avenue and Nostrand Avenue, as well as the S shuttle connecting Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Bed Stuy. The B48 and B65 buses are also right on the corner.

The asking price is $698,000 with common monthly charges of $524. The first open house showing is Sunday, February 21, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Click through for more photos.

892 Bergen Street, #6B [Brooklyn Bridge Realty] GMAP


Photo by Jennifer K. via Yelp

By Suzanne Spellen (aka Montrose Morris)

When Manhattan’s favorite market Fairway announced that it would be opening a branch in Red Hook in 2006, food lovers from all over Brooklyn waited in anxious anticipation. The market would be housed in the Red Hook Stores, the largest of the brick storage warehouses built by Red Hook’s original developer William Beard in the 1870s. This iconic Red Hook landmark was built to store cotton, jute, coffee and other commodities.

With 52,000 square feet of retail space, the ground floor of the Red Hook Stores was perfect for a new supermarket. Like many other Red Hook buildings, the Red Hook Stores was owned by Greg O’Connell. He renovated the building to hold the market, as well as three floors of apartments above it. With a world class view and lofty spaces, the apartments were a big hit, as well.

When Fairway first opened its doors in 2006, it immediately became Brooklyn’s most popular market. The store was packed with eager shoppers from opening to closing.

Would any market have been this popular? What was it about Fairway? The company’s history tells the tale.


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.


On October 16, 2016, experience the wonder of the Brooklyn shoreline at the only half marathon and 5K exclusively held on the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.

The Brooklyn Greenway Half & 5K, hosted by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and produced by NYCRUNS will take an anticipated 2,000 runners on a 13.1 mile or 5K journey along the Brooklyn waterfront from Red Hook to Greenpoint. The course offers unique and memorable views of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges — winding through Brooklyn Bridge Park and other city, state and industrial parks as well as the Brooklyn Navy Yard.


This three-story, two-family townhouse at 19 Dennett Place is located on a one-of-a-kind block in Carroll Gardens.

The townhouse offers a living room, dining area, and kitchen on both the first and second floor. The eat-in kitchen on the first floor is finished with granite, lots of counter space, and a dishwasher. There are two full baths, and a laundry room on the lower level. The lower level master suite bedroom features a custom jacuzzi bathroom, barbecue patio, and extra storage.

There is a lot to choose from in the area. There are multiple restaurants, cafes, and bars right down the street and even more options for shopping nearby on Smith Street. The F and G trains are two blocks away, and there are multiple schools in the area.

The ask is $1.595 million, and there is an open house Sunday, February 7, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Click through for more photos.

19 Dennett Place [Brooklyn Bridge Realty] GMAP


In some parts of the world, maybe, the word “work” conjures up images of business suits in a dreary commute to do 9 to 5 at cookie cutter cubicles in a drab office.

This, however, is Brooklyn, where we work at creative and innovative jobs, and demand office spaces to match.

The new Coworkrs Gowanus space is a great example. As with other successful Coworkrs spaces in Flatiron and the Financial District, the Gowanus location offers freelancers and small businesses a light-filled, airy coworking space, with open common areas, conference rooms, and kitchens that put most office break rooms to shame.

But what really makes this space special is its carefully thought-out design. We talked to some of the architects and artists that worked together to give this converted warehouse its unique look, and make Coworkrs Gowanus an ideal HQ for creatives and entrepreneurs of all stripes.


This isn’t pizza.

New York City isn’t like the rest of the country. Don’t believe us? Look at what national chains call pizza. Stuffed crusts? HOT DOG CRUSTS? Yeesh.

This may pass for pizza in parts of the country that don’t know any better, but here in New York, good sauce and a perfect crust are more important than weird gimmicks. Real New Yorkers eat local pizza, whether it’s from the fancy brick-oven pizzeria in the next neighborhood or the cheap slice place on the corner.

When it comes to finding the right insurance for your Brooklyn apartment, there are a lot of national insurers with 800 numbers who think they know what you need. Thanks to the stuffed crusts, you know better. You need to talk to someone local. Someone who knows that New York property values and labor costs are higher, while crime rates are lower. Someone who knows how to deal with the peculiarities of Brooklyn co-op boards and condo associations, and can evaluate the risks inherent in buildings with older plumbing and electricity.

Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc. is a local, family-owned company that has been helping New Yorkers find the right apartment insurance for more than 50 years. They know the ins and outs of New Yorkers’ insurance needs. They work with quality brands such as Progressive and Travelers, hand-picking policies that work best for locals.


With the soaring prices of Brooklyn real estate, Brooklyn families who need more space may find themselves looking for a great new undiscovered area to settle down, hopefully for the long-term. For those who have vowed never to move to the “suburbs,” Brooklynites are finding that an often overlooked town at the edge of the city offers incredible value, a pedestrian-oriented culture, an easier commute, and great public schools.

The Town of Pelham sits right along the New York City border in Westchester County, but Arthur Scinta — the town’s top real estate agent and former mayor — says its residents bristle at being called “the suburbs.”

“Pelham has more in common with Park Slope than it does, say, with Chappaqua,” Scinta says, “which is why we have seen so many of our home buyers coming from Brooklyn.”