The minimum credit score lenders require has gone up from 580 to now 640.
Experts on relocating to Westchester, the Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Long Island talked about how to find a community that's a good fit, timing, financing, schools and what to expect.
It's hard to believe that we just had the first day of spring when Brooklyn Heights currently looks like a shaken snow globe.
Check out this New York Times video about Bed Stuy, the first in a new monthly series, “Block by Block,” about what it’s like to live in various New York City neighborhoods. We recognize lots of friends and neighbors in the piece.
It covers a lot of ground, including Bed Stuy’s heritage, beautiful brownstones, distinguished residents such as the late Shirley Chisholm, rapidly escalating rents, crime and Bed Stuy’s family-friendly environment. We recognize Peaches, Scratchbread, Bed Stuy Fish Fry and lots of other local businesses.
Brownstoner commenter and real estate agent and preservationist Morgan Munsey, Georges-Andre Vintage Cafe owner Karine Petitnicolas (aka SuperFrench), and Eduardo Mantelli of Saraghina all have cameos — as do many others. What do you think of it?
Block by Block: Bedford Stuyvesant [NY Times]
Video by New York Times, embedded with permission
Via the Behind the Scenes blog of the New York Historical Society we get this treat in advance of an upcoming exhibit called “BE SURE! BE SAFE! GET VACCINATED! Smallpox, Vaccination and Civil Liberties in New York.” The blog post notes: “The film is based on the real-life story of the 1947 smallpox scare in New York City. An American businessman returning from Mexico was the first to die from the disease, though he was misdiagnosed as having bronchitis. Two others were diagnosed as having smallpox soon after, and all who came in contact with them were required to be vaccinated. The New York City Health Commissioner recommended vaccination to all New Yorkers, and the city provided vaccines for free across the city. Through propaganda and public education the program became incredibly effective, all without encroaching on personal civil liberties, which wouldn’t have been the case had the city instituted mandatory vaccination. Over six million New Yorkers were immunized within a few weeks; according to CNN, ‘Doctors immunized residents at a rate of eight injections per minute – 500,000 in one day. The feared smallpox epidemic was averted.’ The last naturally-occurring case of smallpox was in 1977.”
The Horror of Smallpox! Disease and Film Noir [Behind the Scenes]
A new video called “Ikea Brooklyn: 4 Years Post-Controversy” looks at whether local fears about the big-box store coming to the neighborhood—including that it would gobble up too much prime real estate and cause traffic jams—have been proven true. The filmmaker, whose website is here, comes to the conclusion that the gorgeous waterfront park Ikea built is sadly underused. Think that’s the case?
Ikea Brooklyn: 4 Years Post-Controversy [theresident/Youtube]
On Friday Councilman Vinnie Gentile organized an event to protest the soon-to-air Oxygen TV show “Brooklyn 11223,” a reality series about three female friends in Bay Ridge. Politicker, which reported on the protest, noted that politicians Carlo Scissura of Marty Markowitz’s office slammed the show for the way it portrays women. As shown in the video above, Gentile notes that the show even has the wrong Zip Code in its name (11223 is Gravesend’s Zip) and says “the producers…degrade all women and certainly denigrate women who call themselves Brooklynites and Bay Ridge-ites.” Here’s the show’s official description: “This ain’t Jersey. It’s Brooklyn. Brooklyn 11223 is a new docu-series taking viewers into the small, close-knit community of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Nothing is more important in this Brooklyn neighborhood than loyalty, respect and family. Vividly shot in a lush documentary style that showcases the urban streetscapes of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn 11223 follows the story of childhood friends Joey Lynn and Christie and their respective group of friends as they spend their summer learning about themselves, the bonds of friendship and the price of betrayal.” Click through to see a trailer for it.
Local Neighborhood Rallies Against ‘Jersey Shore’ Knockoff ‘Brooklyn 11223′ [Politicker]
Back in December, Brian Williams poked fun at the New York Times‘ coverage of Brooklyn, saying on “Morning Joe” that the media story of 2010 was the paper’s “discovery” of the borough. Now, via Huffington Post, we learn that Williams has brought an abbreviated version of the routine to taxi TVs. The spot isn’t about the paper of record’s coverage this time around but a riff on the “people watching” Brooklyn affords via its “hipsters.” Gotta wonder what a tourist would make of this!
Brian Williams Ribs Brooklyn Hipsters In New Video [Huffington Post]
‘It’s Like Marrakech Over There!’ [Brownstoner]
This video isn’t exactly brand new but the people who made it recently won a Webby Award. Fifty People, One Question is a project where they go to a place, ask fifty people the same question, and then film their responses. The video asks people in Brooklyn this questionâ€””Where would you like to wake up tomorrow?”
Channel 13 has just put together a neat video about the history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard narrated by Rubena Ross, who has the distinction of not only having worked at the Navy Yard circa WWII but having owned the house in Prospect Heights that is now the subject of the latest This Olde House series. Check it out!