The wait is almost over: Phase 1 of the townhouses at Navy Green are within weeks of occupancy. By the time the snow from this blizzard melts, you could be settling into one of these airy three- or four-bedroom homes, each featuring over 3,000 square feet of space.

We recently went on a tour of one of the homes, and when we weren’t too busy daydreaming of living here ourselves, we took plenty of pictures of the interiors for you to check out. Come on inside!


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.


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.


By Suzanne Spellen (aka Montrose Morris)

Live in Brooklyn long enough, and you’ll be used to change. Shops, restaurants, and bars come and go, warehouses become condos, whole blocks are transformed as high-rises replace three-story buildings.

None of us, however, have lived in Brooklyn long enough to see how much the shore line itself has changed. For that, we need to go much further back.

By looking at almost 250 years of Brooklyn maps, we can watch the entire shape of Red Hook morph as it evolves from marshlands to docklands and beyond. The first stop on our time machine will be 1770.


This two-bedroom, two-bath condo at 111 Steuben Street in Clinton Hill has a beautiful open layout with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the space.

The kitchen has plenty of storage and counter space that leads into a large open plan dining and living room, and both bedrooms are very large. The master bedroom features an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower. The second full bathroom has a soaking tub. The unit also comes with washer and dryer hook-ups.

Common spaces include a gym, a recreation room with pool and ping pong tables and a deeded underground parking space accessible by the building’s elevator. There are bakeries, restaurants, lounges, grocery stores, and small shops close by.

The ask is $1,175,000 with common charges of $674, and parking space is included in the selling price. Check out this condo at their open house Sunday, January 17, from 1—3 p.m. Click through for more photos.

111 Steuben Street, #5A [Brooklyn Bridge Realty] GMAP


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.

If you’re about to buy or sell your first place in Brooklyn, the thought of where to start can be enough to induce a mild panic attack. You know that a good real estate agent should be able to help you navigate the process… but how do you know if a real estate agent is right for your needs?

Take a breath. It’s going to be OK.

We asked Gabriele Sewtz, a top agent with Compass, how she would go about finding and hiring an agent, based on her inside knowledge of the industry. Here are her recommendations:

Define your goals
Whether you plan to buy or sell it is important to know what would constitute a successful sale or purchase for you.

Ask yourself what sort of neighborhood would fit your lifestyle. When do you want (or need) to move? Do you need to sell first before you can buy another property? How much do you plan to net if you’re selling your property? What are the maximum purchase price and monthly carrying costs you would be comfortable with? For how long could you carry two properties simultaneously?


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.


Real Estate Roundtable at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. Photo by Jonathan Fickies for Brooklyn Historical Society.

The Brooklyn Historical Society was founded in 1861 — originally as the Long Island Historical Society — and has been in its gorgeous landmark building in Brooklyn Heights since 1881. It’s a nationally recognized urban history center, and one of the best places to learn about Brooklyn’s 400-year history.

It’s also a great place to learn about what’s happening in Brooklyn right now, thanks to the Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable series. The Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable consists of quarterly luncheons and networking events where industry professionals gather to exchange insider knowledge on Brooklyn’s bustling real estate market.

The first event in 2016 will be the Kick-Off Networking Party on Wednesday, January 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Othmer Library. Guests will have the opportunity to network with top influencers in Brooklyn’s real estate industry, as well as enter to win a seat at the head table at the February Roundtable luncheon. Tickets are $65 per guest, or free for those with a 2016 Roundtable series subscription. The event is sponsored by Citi Habitats, and you can purchase tickets here.


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.


Moving is stressful enough without arriving at your new home to discover your favorite lamp or antique tea set is smashed to pieces. How were you supposed to know your improvised wrapping job of newspaper and scotch tape wasn’t going to work?

Photo by Tracey Adams via Flickr

The good news is that a little care can protect even the most fragile items during the roughest move. We asked Mark of Movers Not Shakers! to give us some practical packing advice.

What is the proper way to pack a fragile item so that it doesn’t break during a move?

After a fragile item has been wrapped, no matter how well or poorly, it then needs to be transported, and that’s what you’re really wrapping for, the movement that occurs in the truck. Whether that driver is dodging potholes or not seeing them, the violent jolts inside a truck box traveling through NYC are inevitable.

The proper way to pack a fragile item so that it doesn’t break is to allow that object to move, very slightly, in a highly protected environment. So how do you do it?