Tag: brooklyn

  • Anne Hathaway's 'Walk-In Closet' Listed at Lower Price

    Price Altered on Anne Hathaway's 'Walk-In Closet'

    Her listing stresses that the unit has walk-in closets, even though if the reports are true, it actually was her walk-in closet. Continue Reading

  • Snakes, Alligators and Other Exotic Animals Found Inside Brooklyn Apartment

    Snakes, Alligators Found Inside Brooklyn Apartment

    On Friday, NYPD officers found 13 exotic animals -- including a tarantula, two alligators, two bearded dragons and six snakes -- living inside fish tanks in an apartment in a public housing complex in Brooklyn, N.Y. Continue Reading

  • New York City Street Sign Points to Wrong Area as a Historic District

    NYC Sign Mistakes Warehouses for Historic District

    There doesn't seem to be anything special about these dilapidated warehouses, but a New York City sign points to them as a historic district. Oops ... wrong direction. Continue Reading

  • Did Norah Jones Bring Bedbugs Home?

    Did Norah Jones Bring Bedbugs Home?

    Starting Dec. 3, singer Norah Jones -- along with all other New York City residents -- will have to help fight the bedbug infestation crawling through the city by following new rules enacted by the New York City Department of Sanitation. Jones, who recently was alleged to have brought bedbugs to the Brooklyn... Continue Reading

  • A Flea Grows in Brooklyn

    A Flea Grows in Brooklyn

    It's not an exaggeration to say that the Brooklyn Flea -- an immense artisan market at the crossroads of Ft. Greene and Clinton Hill in Brooklyn, N.Y. -- has transformed Saturday mornings in the neighborhood. "For one thing, I've been told we've changed the primary brunch day from Sunday to Saturday," jokes Eric... Continue Reading

  • Brooklyn's Newest Development a Sweet Deal for Renters

    Brooklyn's Newest Development a Sweet Deal for Renters

    Brooklyn gained 660 apartments for low and middle-income New Yorkers on Tuesday, when the New York City Council approved the conversion of the former Domino Sugar refinery into a mixed-income community. While units for poor and middle-income renters are desperately needed in neighborhoods such as Williamsburg,... Continue Reading

  • Is Queens, N.Y.'s Housing Market Headed for Collapse?

    Is Queens, N.Y.'s Housing Market Headed for Collapse?

    If you feel you got away too easily in the housing collapse, maybe you live in New York's Queens or on the outskirts of another big American city. Keith Jurow at the Real Estate Channel recently posted an interesting piece, teasingly titled "A Housing Price Collapse in Queens New York Is Almost Certain," in... Continue Reading

  • Brooklyn Condo Rewrites NYC Luxury Pricing

    Brooklyn Condo Rewrites NYC Luxury Pricing

    OK, kids. Get out your pencils and show your work: When something new in a former industrial area costs less than half of something old in a classic neighborhood, will lots of people buy it? The Pencil Factory, so named because it used to be a pencil factory, consists of 93 one-bedroom (starting at $372,000)... Continue Reading

  • 'Selling New York' Episode 10: Just Build Another One

    'Selling New York' Episode 10: Just Build Another One

    If you can't sell it, suggest they build their own. That was the refocus of HGTV's "Selling New York," on last night's Episode 10 entitled "Property Hunters." Finally, it dawned on the CORE Group brokers and GHK Realty's Kleier crew that with so little inventory for sale within the high-end market, and no one... Continue Reading

  • Manhattan Apartment Search: Prices Back to Normal

    Manhattan Apartment Search: Prices Back to Normal

    Manhattan was long considered to have an unpoppable real estate bubble and recession-proof powers. But it seemed that one of the nation's worst economic downturns had driven up vacancy rates and made leasing more affordable for renters in the New York borough. Back in the heyday, only a year ago, New Yorkers... Continue Reading

  • Truman Capote's Brooklyn Home Listed at Cold-Blooded $18M

    Truman Capote's Brooklyn Home Listed at Cold-Blooded $18M

    Truman Capote got Manhattanites to cross bridges for his swank soirees long before the hipsters discovered that more space and cheaper rent existed -- with majestic architecture -- east of the island. "I live in Brooklyn. By choice," Capote famously penned in 1959. Much has changed in the 45 years since Capote... Continue Reading

  • Coney Island's New Rides Won't Lift Home Sales

    Coney Island's New Rides Won't Lift Home Sales

    Brooklyn's Coney Island is getting something of a well-needed makeover. A new, $30-million amusement park featuring the latest in rides and attractions from Italy's renowned Zamperla Group, is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend. It's the latest in a series of upgrades including a new boardwalk, a restyled... Continue Reading

  • Rent Hike for New Yorkers; Affordable Housing for Artists

    Rent Hike for New Yorkers; Affordable Housing for Artists

    This week brought sobering news for rent-stabilized tenants, a dash of hope for broke artists in the form of affordable housing, and more places to rent, in the future, in Brooklyn's Red Hook. The Rent Guidelines Board -- a nine-person panel that dictates what goes down (or up) in New York's rent-stabilized... Continue Reading

  • 'Selling New York' Episode 5: Not All Brokers Are Sleazy

    'Selling New York' Episode 5: Not All Brokers Are Sleazy

    It turns out that not all real estate brokers are sleazy. That's what we discover in last night's episode of the HGTV series "Selling New York." We witness CORE Group's Shaun Osher pass up a commission to inform a client that buying is not the best option for him. We also learn how so not cool it is when a... Continue Reading

  • The Yardless Garden

    The Yardless Garden

    It's (finally!) almost summertime, and people across the country are storing away snow shovels and daring to dream about homegrown tomatoes and bushels of zucchini. But what to do if your otherwise-perfect rental home doesn't have a yard? (And if your landlord isn't willing to shell out $30,000 to add on a Plant... Continue Reading

  • New York Tenants Take Over Buildings With Small Downpayments

    New York Tenants Take Over Buildings With Small Downpayments

    Tenants: have you ever thought you could do a better job keeping up your building than your landlord does? With help from a tireless advocate, some New York City renters are about to get the chance to do just that. The familiar story -- a building stays full despite questionable maintenance, a landlord fails... Continue Reading

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park Opens, Locals Gain Green Space

    Brooklyn Bridge Park Opens, Locals Gain Green Space

    It would be reductive to say that it took 20 years for Brooklyn Bridge Park to open. It truly is a feat to create a brand new, and quite grand, city park when the Governor of New York State has been closing parks everywhere else. To do it in a recession, when housing prices are still falling and lots of New... Continue Reading

  • I Want This 4-Bedroom Brooklyn House for $1.8M

    I Want This 4-Bedroom Brooklyn House for $1.8M

    It's a challenge to get your hands on a four-bedroom house in the historic and very, very popular Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope. It's pretty much impossible to get one with a driveway, which is one of the things that makes this house such a rarity. It's semi-attached -- another wonder in brownstone-land... Continue Reading

  • Redneck Real Estate: Luxury Living for the Hip and Chic

    Redneck Real Estate: Luxury Living for the Hip and Chic

    Take note Donald Trump: Redneck real estate is luxury living for the hip and chic. Yesterday's pied a terre is today's vintage Airstream. Trailers are now all the residential rage for those with a little imagination, a sense of humor, and some green sensibility. The West Texas town of Marfa, an artist enclave... Continue Reading

  • Apartment Dweller Turns Underground Chef

    Apartment Dweller Turns Underground Chef

    Who says you need a fancy space filled with crystal and china to make a go of it as a restaurateur? One enterprising Brooklynite started up a pop-up lobster shack in his basement apartment, which has since spun into the first great underground food sensation of 2010. Boston transplant Ben Sargent makes one... Continue Reading

  • Brooklyn Resident's Yard Gone to the Birds

    Brooklyn Resident's Yard Gone to the Birds

    "It's not nearly as cool having chickens on your farm as in your New York City backyard," Dan Feldman says. Feldman, a thirty-nine-year-old executive who lives in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, is about to get cool thanks to a chicken coop--the Chicken Ark--designed by Australian expat Drew Waters, a TV news employee by... Continue Reading

  • YouTube Rental Ad for Perfect Park Slope Pad

    YouTube Rental Ad for Perfect Park Slope Pad

    The story goes: a friend of a friend of a friend has a way of making sure he doesn't end up with crazy roommates. The test? "Say you had something you wanted to discuss with one or all of us, and we were out for the day," he'll say to prospective renters. "What would you do?" Anyone who so much as mentions the... Continue Reading

  • Immigrant Neighborhoods Fare Better in Slump

    Immigrant Neighborhoods Fare Better in Slump

    Sure, some of the tonier New York City neighborhoods have seen their shining buildings tarnish in the recession, but not all areas are in decline. Immigrants -- and their environs -- are faring relatively well even amid the financial fallout. Foreign-born workers accounted for $215 billion in economic... Continue Reading

  • Neighborhood Intel: North Park Slope, Brooklyn

    Neighborhood Intel: North Park Slope, Brooklyn

    It's common, often snickered about, knowledge that "the Slope" is the place to which Manhattanites flee once they have kids and are sick of squeezing into too-small rental apartments. Child-free Brooklynites love to complain about the Park Slope "stroller brigade" but all those moms (like the ones recently... Continue Reading

  • Toll Brothers, the Elephant of Housing, Comes to Dumbo

    Toll Brothers, the Elephant of Housing, Comes to Dumbo

    Toll Brothers, a national homebuilder that has struggled to implement its plain-vanilla housing formula in New York City's most populous borough, has paid $8.6 million for a parcel near the Brooklyn waterfront. The company plans to build a 70-unit condominium in the hip, industrial Dumbo neighborhood,... Continue Reading

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard Bail on Annoying Manhattan Rental

    Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard Bail on Annoying Manhattan Rental

    Even celebrities aren't immune to New York City rental hassles. As New York magazine recently reported, indie-darlings Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard decided to move to Brooklyn after getting fed up with landlord problems. The couple had been renting a "big, beautiful, raw" loft on Greenwich Street... Continue Reading

  • Will You Be My Neighbor, Mr. Borough President?

    Will You Be My Neighbor, Mr. Borough President?

    At the ripe old age of 64, Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz has finally become a man – at least in real estate terms. On November 30, Markowitz and his wife, Jamie, bought their first home for $1.45 million on a tree-lined, Windsor Terrace street, just one block from Prospect Park. "I've always... Continue Reading

  • A Guide to Brooklyn's Flea Markets and Thrift Stores

    A Guide to Brooklyn's Flea Markets and Thrift Stores

    Living in Brooklyn means you don't have to spend a fortune to furnish your apartment. With the borough's seemingly endless array of thrift stores and flea markets, there's no excuse not to create a chic and sophisticated space with cozy personal touches. That attitude also applies to your closet, thanks to the... Continue Reading

  • Atlantic Terminal: Finally, an End to the Wait

    Atlantic Terminal: Finally, an End to the Wait

    Atlantic Yards, the controversial redevelopment project in one of Brooklyn's busiest intersections, has been stalled and hobbled since long before scaffolding went up at Pacific and Dean in 2007. Whether or not the nearly $5 billion project is in the public interest is still up for grabs (opposition groups have... Continue Reading

  • Bushwick Trailer Park Welcomes Artists

    Bushwick Trailer Park Welcomes Artists

    Abandoned factories and warehouse were once the imagined palaces du jour for struggling Brooklyn artists. But two decades into the whole repurposed building boom, developers inserted insta-luxury into said commercial spaces, and priced most people out. So what's the next studio space trend? Not the college... Continue Reading