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October 16th 2018

Greenwood Heights is a great Brooklyn, NY neighborhood with open green spaces, eclectic housing with several different lifestyle options and a booming bar and restaurant scene.

Greenwood Heights , Brooklyn NY Greenwood Heights takes it’s name from the beautiful and historic Greenwood Cemetery where nature lovers can bird watch and enjoy walking trails.

Greenwood Heights borders are approximately Prospect Expressway to the North, Gowanus Canal to the West, 8th Avenue to the East and 39th Street to the South.  The surrounding neighborhoods to Greenwood Heights are Windsor Terrace, sunset Park and Park Slope South.

Train service into Manhattan from Greenwood Heights is on the D, N and R lines at 36th Street and 4th Avenue.

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October 10th 2018

Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn NY is a gem of a neighborhood. It is a perfect combination of historic and hip. This cozy, quaint, family friendly neighborhood has gorgeous tree lined blocks with impeccably maintained brownstones.  Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn NY - historic brownstones

Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn NY - Court Street

Court Street, Brooklyn NY

4th Place by Clinton Street, Brooklyn NY

Carroll Gardens offers a wide variety of great boutiques, great restaurants and cool bars and many authentic Italian eateries.

Carroll Gardens boundaries are: from Brooklyn Queens (BQE) Expressway on the West  to Hoyt Street (between DeGraw and 5th Street)  and the Gowanus Expressway on the East, from DeGraw Street and Warren Street on the North to the 9th Street and Gowanus Expressway on the South.

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September 27th 2018

Bath Beach, Brooklyn NY- Bath Beach ParkBath Beach Park named for the neighbothood it is in. The park was originally established in 1937 and went through a lmajor makeover in 1984.

Bath Beach, Brooklyn NY is located at the southwestern edge of Brooklyn on Gravesend Bay.

Bath Beach is a wonderfully busy, vibrant and diverse Brooklyn, NY neighborhood. Italian Americans, Chinese, Hispanics, Middle Eastern, Pakistani and Russians have made Bath Beach their home.

Neighborhood boundaries are Bensonhurst and New Utrecht across 86th Street, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course across 14th Avenue and Gravesend across Stillwell Avenue.

Subway service into Manhattan from Bath Beach consists of D train service with stops at 18th Avenue, 20th Avenue, Bay Parkway, 25th Avenue and Bay 50th Street.

There are several terrific Read more >>


September 11th 2018

Marine Park, Brooklyn NY - Marine Park

Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Trail

Marine Park, Brooklyn NY is a scenic, quiet and close knit, yet a thriving neighborhood with Real Estate values higher than ever. Walkability that is most important to Marine Park residents is the walk to their beautiful, multi activity, wild and largest public park in Brooklyn, NY.

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September 3rd 2018

Brooklyn New York neighborhoods have a rich history and Flatbush is no exception. In the early 1900’s Flatbush was a very swanky neighborhood with expensive retails shops and upper class residents. Today’s Flatbush is one of the city’s most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods.

Actually Flatbush is comprised of 12 small communities including Prospect Park South, Ditmas Park, Fiske Terrace, Wingate, South Midwood, Midwood Park and West Midwood. Neighborhood boundaries begin at Parkside and Ocean Avenues at the southwest entrance to Prospect Park, includes some of Coney Island Avenue and spans east to Nostrand Avenue and Kings Highway.

Flatbush subway service into Manhattan Read more >>


August 24th 2018

 

Sea Gate, Brooklyn NY

 Views from each Reservation park (Lindy Park)of Lower New York Harbor and the Verrazano Bridge

Photo by Anna Kader

For those who live in Sea Gate, Brooklyn NY, a private gated community at the far western end of Coney Island, with four and a half miles of winding tree lined roads, the beach is the biggest magnet. The farthest that a Sea Gate resident needs to walk to get to the beach is three to four blocks and there is never a problem of where to put your blanket. Sea Gate is surrounded on three sides by water with private beaches. In addition to the private beaches, there are two parks: A playground with a basketball court next to Sea Gate Community Center on Surf Avenue and Beach Reservation which extends before and beyond Norton’s Point and consists of a sandy/grassy patch of land with views of Lower New York Harbor and The Verrazano Bridge. There is also The Sea Gate Beach Club, a popular summertime spot for many families. Read more >>


August 16th 2018

 

Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn NY

Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn NY almost completely surrounded by water is much more about tranquility than walkability. This quiet, sleepy area has the feel of the suburbs with many tree lined blocks and grassy lawns. Manhattan Beach was developed as a premiere resort destination for the city's upper middle class and wealthy elite with the famous, lavish and grandiose Manhattan Beach Hotel built in 1870 and followed by the even more grandiose Oriental Hotel built in 1880. In 1916 the Oriental Hotel was torn down and the land was sold for residential development.

The  Manhattan Beach streets are named in alphabetical order from A to P (Amherst, Beaumont, Coleridge, Dover, Exeter, Falmouth, Girard, Hastings through to Pembroke) with the exception of the Ocean Avenue.

The Manhattan Beach peninsula is narrow and there are only three places to live, the bay block, the middle block and the ocean block. There are 8 ocean blocks and all are dead end streets with no thru traffic.

Many of the homes on these ocean blocks are the most expensive in the neighborhood. Manhattan Beach is hugged to the south and east by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north by Sheepshead Bay and Brighton Beach to the west.

There is hardly any Read more >>


August 3rd 2018

Brooklyn Heights promenade, Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn NY was the first landmarked neighborhood in New York history as well as the first suburb in America.

Some past Brooklyn Heights residents were Truman Capote, Arthur Miller, Norman Mailer and Walt Whitman.

Brooklyn Heights- Truman  Capote house - Brooklyn NY

               Truman Capote house at 70 Willow St, Brooklyn NY

                                                                                      Photo by Anna Kader 

Neighborhood boundaries are Atlantic Avenue to the South, Cadman Park and Court Street to the East, East River to the West and Old Fulton Street to the North.
 
Brooklyn Heights is next to the Industrial hip neighborhood Dumbo and Booming Downtown Brooklyn and still maintains it’s old world small town charm within a big city.
 
The wonderful and historic Brooklyn Heights Promenade is at the tip of Read more >>

July 18th 2018

Red Hook,Brooklyn -Louis Valentino Jr. Park & Pier

Louis Valentino Jr. Park & Pier

Red Hook in Brooklyn, New York is truly a village inside a city with a character all its own. With unparalleled panoramic views of New York Bay, combining a New England maritime feel with an industrial vibe and a small town peaceful way of living, Red Hook is a completely unique Brooklyn gem of a neighborhood.

Red Hook is a peninsula between Buttermilk Channel, Gowanus Bay and the Gowanus Canal at the Southern Edge of Downtown Brooklyn. Red Hook is known as South Brooklyn but is actually in Western Brooklyn.

The devastating damage caused by Read more >>


July 14th 2018

Fort Greene is truly a gem amongst Brooklyn New York neighborhoods. Named after major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionay War Nathanael Greene, Fort Greene is listed on the New York State Registry, the National Register of Historic Places as well as a designated Historic District in NYC.

Fort Greene is located in Northwest Brooklyn and has elegant tree lined blocks of gorgeous, beautifully kept, Brownstone, Brick and Frame homes.

Fort Greene's neighbors are Clinton Hill, Downtown Brooklyn and The Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The Western edge of Fort Greene is now the Brooklyn Cultural district, home to The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 651 ARTS, BRIC House and The Mark Morris Dance Center.

The energy, vitality, innovation, creativity, family oriented and diverse Fort Greene epitomizes what Brooklyn is today.

Today’s residential real estate market in Fort Greene is expensive and in high demand. In some ways Fort Greene is the Lincoln Center of Brooklyn.

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July 4th 2018

Midwood, Brooklyn NY is known to be home to many religious Jewish families, but steadily growing in popularity for all young families in search of an affordable housing alternative to other expensive Brooklyn neighborhoods. Besides the lifelong New Yorkers who moved to Midwood the neighborhood has a mix of recently arrived immigrants including Chinese, Turkish, Pakistani, Polish, Russian and others.

Midwood is located in South Central Brooklyn. Midwood is bordered by Avenue P & Kings highway on the South, Avenue I and The Brooklyn College campus to the North, Nostrand Avenue to the East and Coney Island Avenue, parts of Mc Donald Avenue and Ocean Parkway to the West.

 

Midwood is a home for Brooklyn College, a senior university of the City University of New York.

Part of the Brooklyn College campus, James Hall, Boylan Hall, The Library-in the middle, Ingersoll Hall, Roosevelt Hall. The Library, part of the original campus laid out by Philip Randolph, now known as "East Quad"(Wiki)

 

Brooklyn College, Midwood Brooklyn NY

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June 22nd 2018

A unique and wonderful lifestyle of being an Oceanside neighborhood, rich and diverse culturally is what Brighton Beach, Brooklyn NY has to offer.

My maternal grandparents, my family and I spent some wonderful years, when I was a young child, living in Brighton Beach.

Located in South Brooklyn, Brighton Beach has world famous Coney Island to the West, Manhattan Beach to the East, Sheepshead bay at the Belt Parkway to the North and the Atlantic Ocean to the South along the beach and Boardwalk.

Brighton Beach is a summer destination for New York City residents due to its beautiful beach and Read more >>


June 13th 2018

It’s no surprise that Prospect Park South, Brooklyn NY was named in a Streeteasy report on The Top 10 up and coming NYC neighborhoods, being ranked #7 on the list. The reasons for PPS earning a spot on this list are clear, i.e. low rents compared to much more expensive rents in nearby Park Slope and Windsor Terrace neighborhoods, proximity to Prospect Park, conveniently located for Read more >>


June 8th 2018

Sunset Park is a beautiful, diverse and exciting Brooklyn neighborhood that is evolving rapidly into a top choice for people to live and come to enjoy all that the area has to offer.

 

Sunset Park is located in Southwest Brooklyn, NY. Many of the areas blocks have homes that are listed on The National Registry of Historic Places as a historic district. Sunset Park has the largest historic district in the NRHP in the Northeast United States. See our blog dated March 22nd 2017 for more information on historic Sunset Park homes. Sunset Park - a
Sunset Park-b Sunset Park has many gorgeous brownstone, limestone and brick homes on tree lined blocks. Jeff Grandis, broker at Accord Real Estate Group has been selling properties in the area for 30 years. Home prices have never been higher and the residential market continues to trend up.
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June 2nd 2018

The transformative effect of rezoning Brooklyn New York neighborhoods has been nothing short of historic. For example, the rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn has completely changed the landscape of this neighborhood well beyond City Planning projections. This neighborhood has become a residential and commercial hub.

Brooklyn’s East New York neighborhood was rezoned in 2016. The 190 block, rezoned area is between Fulton and Belmont Avenues This has resulted in property values rising dramatically. In 2016 developers filed applications to build 339 residential units. By 2017 that number had increased to 1,303 units, mainly in the affordable housing category.

Investors of multi family houses are hoping to Read more >>


May 16th 2018

Today’s Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn NY is hip, historic, diverse, lively and convenient.

Neighborhood borders are Ocean Avenue to the West, Empire Boulevard to the North, New York Avenue to the East and Clarkson Avenue to the South. The neighborhood has seen a boom in the construction of luxury residential apartment buildings among low-rise brick buildings and historic row houses.

The major commercial corridors in Prospect Lefferts Gardens are Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenue.

PLG boasts beautifully preserved 19th and 20th century architecture that includes Romanesque Revival, Neo Georgian and Neo Tudor styles.

The Prospect Lefferts Gardens Historic District consists of  Read more >>


May 9th 2018

Downtown Brooklyn, NY is in the Northwestern part of the borough. The street boundaries of Downtown Brooklyn are Tillary Street to the North, Ashland Place to the East, Atlantic Center and Schermerhorn Street to the South and Court Street to the West.

The 2004 rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn changed the way Downtown Brooklyn would grow and grow it has, well beyond any projections.

Downtown Brooklyn has now clearly become Read more >>


April 5th 2018

Kensington, Brooklyn NY  is located in Central Brooklyn with neighborhood boundaries of Coney Island Avenue to the East, Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue to the North, McDonald Avenue & 36th Street to the West and Foster Avenue to the South.

Kensington is surrounded by Flatbush (Ditmas Park & Prospect Park South) to the East, Windsor Terrace to the North, Borough Park to the West and Midwood to the South.

The Kensington Real Estate market Read more >>


April 1st 2018

Park Slope, Brooklyn NY is one of Brooklyn’s gems of a neighborhood is located in Northwest Brooklyn. Neighborhood boundaries are Prospect Park and Prospect Park West to the East, 4th Avenue to the West, Flatbush Avenue to the North and the Prospect Expressway to the South.

Fifth Avenue and Seventh Avenue are Park Slopes primary commercial streets.

Park Slope is known for Read more >>


March 21st 2018

 

Sheepshead Bay Neighborhood

Sheepshead Bay, Emmons Ave at sunset- view from Manhattan Beach (photo by © Anna Kader)

 

 

 

Brooklyn, NY has several wonderful waterfront neighborhoods such as Red Hook, Columbia Waterfront District, Dumbo, Fulton Ferry, Greenpoint and Williamsburg. There is only one Brooklyn neighborhood that has an ocean front fishing village with piers and a fleet of 18 privately owned fishing boats that for decades have gone out to sea daily for deep sea fishing and that neighborhood is Sheepshead Bay where I grew up!

 

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March 15th 2018

Williamsburg Brooklyn- Love Thy Neighborhood

"Love Thy Neighborhood" mural - Wythe Ave, Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY 

 

 

 

Today’s Williamsburg has an energy of innovation, youth and excitement rarely found to this extent in a Brooklyn neighborhood. As a lifelong New Yorker, Brooklynite and Real Estate Broker of 30 years you can take my word for that. 

 

Just take a walk down Bedford Avenue and you can see, feel, touch and taste the creativity coming from the restaurants, shops, café’s, the Hotels, the bars and the music venues. Step into anyone of the gorgeous new hotels in Williamsburg like the William Vale, the Mc Carren Hotel and pool or the Wythe Hotel and you will see tourists from all over the world visiting Brooklyn’s Williamsburg. Clearly, Williamsburg is one of the Read more >>


March 9th 2018

Today’s Crown Heights is nothing short of magnificent, diverse, evolving and a very exciting neighborhood to live, work and play in.

Crown Heights sits next to Prospect Heights to the West, Flatbush and Prospect - Lefferts Gardens to the South, Brownsville to the East and Bedford Stuyvesant to the North.

Crown Heights has a history of being a fashionable residential neighborhood beginning in the early Read more >>


March 2nd 2018

Most likely if you are a Real Estate Broker or agent in Brooklyn  you are familiar with laid back, village like charm of Cobble Hill. Cobble Hill is surrounded by the wonderful neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens and The Columbia Waterfront District.

The Real Estate Market in this trendy, beautiful and historic neighborhood has seen prices rising with no end in sight to this uptrend.

Residential Multi Family homes in Cobble Hill can Read more >>


February 15th 2018

The Brooklyn Real Estate market continues to be vibrant across almost all property categories including single family residential, mixed-use with ground floor retail and residential apartments above the stores, commercial, vacant land, Cooperative apartments and Condominium units. Experts agree that this up trend will continue into 2018.

The Multi-Family housing market in Brooklyn is no exception to this up trend for several reasons. Read more >>


February 7th 2018

In the always exciting and vibrant world of residential real estate in Brooklyn, NY we will cover several trends for 2018 that will have an influence on the market.

Beginning April 2019, the L train will be closed for critical repairs from damage sustained from super storm Sandy. Approximately 225,000 New Yorkers go between Brooklyn and Manhattan every day. The MTA will have increased service on the Read more >>


January 24th 2018

Of the 10 largest developments to receive a temporary certificate of occupancy in New York City, 4 of these projects are in Brooklyn. Brooklyn New York realtors can take pride in how strong the residential real estate market is in our beloved Brooklyn NY and Read more >>


January 5th 2018

Yes, we know that Brooklyn is the center of the real estate universe today in New York City and truly a global brand now more than ever before.

There is always the question of which neighborhood (s) in Brooklyn are the next hot, “it” place to live. What makes a neighborhood not just desirable but hot? Walkability to shops, good access to public transportation is a good start. Plenty of existing architectural eye candy also helps. Other factors such as Read more >>


December 20th 2017

This elegant, family friendly enclave is surrounded by the neighborhoods of Cobble Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope and Gowanus. Boerum Hill neighborhood boundaries are generally to be considered to be Schermerhorn Street to the North, 4th Avenue to the East, Court or Smith Streets to the West and Warren or Wyckoff Streets to the South.
 
The wonderful and pricey housing stock in Boerum Hill consists mostly of 3 story Frame, Brick and Brownstone Rowhouses (row houses) and some fabulous Read more >>

December 10th 2017

Talk about a hot neighborhood - Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY is certainly that. Not only are Bushwick real estate values going up, with new residential and mixed use development projects underway, but Bushwick is also home to some of the most magnificent landmarked buildings.

The landmarked residential beauty Caterina Lipsius house aka Cook Mansion, built in 1889 & 1890, is located at 670 Bushwick Avenue on the corner of Willoughby Street. Cook mansion was designed and built by famous Read more >>


December 4th 2017

Park Slope South, a beautiful Brooklyn New York neighborhood, is bordered by other beautiful neighborhoods of Windsor Terrace, Park Slope and Greenwood Heights. The neighborhood boundaries of Park Slope South are 4th Avenue to Prospect Park West, The Prospect Expressway or 18th Street to 9th Street.

This very lovely neighborhood has high real estate values. For example, in today’s residential market, Read more >>


November 21st 2017

Fulton Ferry Historic District, Brooklyn NY

The Fulton Ferry Historic District is in fact of great historical and architectural importance. This is where Brooklyn New York began! The history of this amazing area extends from the Ferry that served it. Tragically, the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883 caused the gradual decline in ferry service and the demise of this once vibrant and important area.

The Fulton Ferry Historic District is sandwiched in between Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights. The area boundaries are Read more >>


November 3rd 2017

Yes, Nathan’s famous hot dogs are still delicious and the annual Mermaid Parade is as outrageous as ever. Yes, the Coney Island Boardwalk is still the longest and widest in the world and yes although The New York Aquarium is the oldest continually operating Aquarium in the United States, the expansion and renovation has still not been completed.

In today’s Coney Island neighborhood there is so much happening. For example, there is a Read more >>


October 28th 2017

Fiske Terrace, Brooklyn NY

In many of our densely populated neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY there are amazing development projects under way with beautifully designed high rise office buildings, cutting edge architecture used to build large mixed use buildings and a sea of new hip, high tech and fancy looking residential towers being built.  But then there are the conjoined neighborhoods of Fiske Terrace and Midwood Park that could not be more different then Read more >>


September 20th 2017

The Landmark Preservation Committee has tremendous influence on Real Estate Development, building modifications in landmarked districts and landmarked buildings in non- historic districts.

We usually blog about LPC reviewing and approving plans from developers whose initial plans were rejected and how developers adapt and conform their plans more closely to the contextual look and feel of other neighborhood structures to get their plans approved.

Greenpoint is a booming Brooklyn NY neighborhood with many Read more >>


September 6th 2017

Yes, you’ve heard of Bensonhurst in Brooklyn from Saturday Night Fever fame and maybe you’ve heard of Borough Park in Brooklyn. But Mapleton in Brooklyn, NY? Where is it and what will you find there?

Mapleton is in Southwest Brooklyn. Neighborhood boundaries are  Read more >>


July 20th 2017

The new New York City Ferry. Wow!

Brilliantly conceived, brilliantly planned but at least for now demand for The South Brooklyn Ferry Service has far outweighed the supply of ferries to accommodate the crowds of enthusiastic commuters, tourists and fun seekers.

The new NYC Ferry has a Rockaway Route Ferry service and South Brooklyn Ferry service. The cost of the fare is Read more >>


June 22nd 2017

In our blogs, we like to mention who the architecture firms are designing Brooklyn’s many new projects.

SHoP Architects started with their first New York City office in Murray Hill with a few commissions under their belt. Then, all of a sudden, they were chosen to do the Barclay Center project in Brooklyn, NY. Their design for Barclay Center was Read more >>


June 16th 2017

From one end of Brooklyn to the other, the borough remains hot with new projects being planned, completed and units selling or leasing for top market prices.

A few of the latest large projects being planned and underway are for example, a 1.5 acre waterfront site at 1 Huron Street in Greenpoint. Developer Bridgewater Capital Partners are developing 180,000 square feet for a residential building. The site was purchased for $60.5M or approximately $320 per buildable square foot.

Mack Real Estate Group and Palin Enterprises are moving forward with a 39 story 640 unit mixed use complex at 10 Huron Street and 19 India Street. The project includes Read more >>


June 1st 2017

This time of year, when the weather is warm and wonderful it’s a great time to marvel at a few of Brooklyn’s most spectacular new rooftop experiences.

Fabulous is the best word for the 22nd floor rooftop bar and restaurant called Westlight located in the wonderful new William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg at 11 North 12th Street. The views of New York City are panoramic and magnificent. The restaurant is surrounded by a wonderful wrap around outdoor space looking out in every direction. The menu of small plates and bar offerings are original and delicious.

The brilliantly renovated Empire Stores on the Dumbo waterfront has just opened a public space which has an amazing landscaped rooftop. The views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges Read more >>


May 10th 2017

Many Real Estate Brokers in Brooklyn and Real Estate agents have long been admirers of Victorian Flatbush and the mind blowing collection of our country’s finest Victorian homes.

Victorian Flatbush, one of Brooklyn’s first suburbs came after the Brooklyn subway to Coney Island was built. Developers Dean Alvord, Lewis Pounds and Thomas Benton Ackerson built detached homes in the style of Victorian, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Neo Tudor, Spanish Mission and Georgian. Built between the Read more >>


April 27th 2017

The historic Brooklyn Navy Yard continues to be transformed from a blighted part of the Fort Greene/Brooklyn Navy yard neighborhood to an expanding, exciting business hub.

Once home to our first American Navy ships in 1801 to a now daily workforce of 7,000 people. Projections are that within two years 17,000 daily workers will travel to The Navy Yard.

Two ambitious projects planned for The Navy Yard are Read more >>


March 28th 2017

Downtown Brooklyn continues to be one of the hottest neighborhoods in Brooklyn for deal making and development projects.

Brooklyn Real Estate Brokers and Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Companies in Brooklyn have witnessed increasingly high demand for Commercial, Residential and Retail space in Downtown Brooklyn.

Some of the larger projects planned are for example, Extell Development is planning a 59 story 534,000 square foot mixed use building at 138 Willoughby Street. This project is part of the City Point mega development. There will be Read more >>


March 22nd 2017

Yes, real estate brokers and real estate agents in Brooklyn have many wonderful neighborhoods in Brooklyn to service but Sunset Park has it all. Eighth Avenue between 65th Street and 45th Street is the heart of Little Chinatown in Sunset Park. Visit this area and the streets are teeming with many different kinds of businesses, people, restaurants and many blocks of gorgeous homes.

Last week we blogged about a rare waterfront public park, Bush Terminal Piers Park Read more >>


March 17th 2017

Real Estate Brokers Brooklyn have many wonderful neighborhoods that they service that have waterfront access. The lifestyle of these neighborhoods are unique. For example, Sheepshead Bay, which has Fishing and party boats docking at the piers on Emmons Avenue, along the canal, restaurants just across from the canal, miles of beaches and Kingsborough College across the canal at the tip of Manhattan Beach.

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March 3rd 2017

From Red Hook with spectacular views of Downtown Manhattan and The Statue of Liberty to Bliss Park in Bay Ridge with sweeping views of the Manhattan Harbor to The William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg with a rooftop waterfront view spanning from Downtown Manhattan to Midtown with The Empire State Building and Chrysler buildings lit up at night in all of their glory, Brooklyn has the most amazing views of the Manhattan skyline.

Some North Brooklyn ferry stops have waterfront development  projects that are in close proximity to those Ferry Stops and they have fabulous views of Manhattan to offer their residents.  

First stop, India Street Greenpoint Ferry Landing where Read more >>


February 22nd 2017

Ferrara Brothers Gowanus Concrete Plant has an amazing history. The company was founded in 1969 using old cement mixers and they became the concrete suppliers for The Second Avenue Subway, The 9/11 Memorial and NYC Water Tunnel No. 3. Ferrara Brothers Concrete currently operates plants in Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn.

In 1974, just one year after opening their Gowanus Plant located at 435 Hoyt Street, the city used Read more >>


February 16th 2017

Real Estate Companies in Brooklyn and Real Estate Brokers these days are so encouraged by the incredible popularity, growth and development taking place here. There is always interesting and exciting news coming from several wonderful Brooklyn’s neighborhoods.

Here is an update on what’s happening with Real Estate in Bushwick.

Ever since the rezoning of Bushwick’s former Rheingold Brewery site, the Bushwick community Read more >>


February 10th 2017

For Brooklyn Real Estate Companies, Brooklyn Real Estate brokers and real estate enthusiasts who have been following Brooklyn Real Estate in Williamsburg, you will appreciate this blog.

On December 23rd 2015 we first blogged about The Hoxton, which will be the London based companies first U.S. location. There has been tremendous progress with this project at 97 Wythe Avenue and opening is set for 2017.

The 150 room Williamsburg Hotel opened for business in January and they are offering Read more >>


February 2nd 2017

Realtors in Brooklyn and Real Estate Companies in Brooklyn have seen the results of the city rezoning sections of different neighborhoods. For example, Downtown Brooklyn. The last several years have seen a historic level of development of residential and commercial buildings in the neighborhood.

Last year we blogged about Read more >>


January 26th 2017

Since 2013 Belvedere Capital, Jamestown and Angelo Gordon &Co. began remodeling and reimagining Industry City and its 30 acre complex and 6.5 million square feet of space.

The 16 buildings that comprise Industry City were originally part of historic Bush Terminal.

The cost of the Industry City makeover is projected to be approximately $1B. 

Rents at this mixed complex of Read more >>


December 10th 2016

The charm and uniqueness of this Brooklyn gem of a neighborhood cannot be overstated. There are many Brooklyn real estate brokers and real estate agents who sing the praise of Bay Ridge for many reasons.

Bay Ridge is in the southwest corner of Brooklyn, bounded by Sunset Park on the North, Dyker Heights on the East, the Narrows and the Belt Parkway on the West, The Fort Hamilton Army Base on the Southwest corner and the Verrazano Bridge on the South.

There is a wonderful variety of housing choices and Read more >>


November 30th 2016

The Fenimore Street Block Association (FSBA) is seeking to protect 21 lots on the south side of Fenimore Street, between Bedford and Rogers Avenues in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn. The group is against developers changing the character of their street.

Lefferts Manor located directly across the street has received historic district Read more >>


November 18th 2016

Hurricane Sandy proved to us how completely unprepared we were to deal with a superstorm of such magnitude that caused an estimated $32B in damages to New York.

There are projections that more super storms are in our future.

Some property owner/developers are taking measures to Read more >>


October 6th 2016

Lush tree lined blocks, incredible walkability to everything, amazing restaurants, cafes and bars, great shopping and a wonderful selection of affordable, fabulous and expensive lifestyles in residential living to choose from. Which wonderful Brooklyn NY neighborhood could I be describing? The answer is Kensington which even has a lovely name to it unlike Gravesend (great neighborhood, not such a great name in my opinion). One and two family fully detached houses with private parking and outdoor yard space range in Read more >>


September 9th 2016

One year ago we blogged about Developer Hidrock Realty’s plan for a condo conversion of the Pavilion Theater on Prospect Park West in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY.

Well, it does happen, but rarely a developer switches gears on a purchased and planned for project, and Hidrock Realty facing steep local opposition to their project has sold the 1928 Pavilion Theatre to Williamsburg based Nitehawk Cinema for $28M. Hidrock purchased the Pavilion in 2006 for $16M.

The new theatre will be called Nitehawk Prospect Park. Read more >>


September 4th 2016

There is no other place in the world like Brooklyn New York. Go pretty much anywhere in the world and when people ask you where do you live and you say Brooklyn NY, their response is mostly Wow or Ah Ha Wow!

Brooklyn New York is truly a global brand. Whether it’s Brooklyn’s gloriously diverse cultural mix of people, restaurant choices and cuisines, cultural institutions, amazing walkability of it’s neighborhoods, the many lifestyle choices available such as Read more >>


August 26th 2016

Cammeby’s International Group is underway with two new projects in Southern Brooklyn, NY.

The first project located at 626 Sheepshead Bay Road is planned for 7 stories totaling 161,000 square feet. This building will have Read more >>


August 18th 2016

The Crown Heights South Association, a newly formed neighborhood preservation group is seeking to have Landmark Preservation Commission designate the western section of Crown Heights South a historic district.

Take a drive around this Brooklyn neighborhood and you can clearly see the magnificent, important and rich architectural heritage in many homes and buildings in Crown Heights South. Specifically, Read more >>


July 15th 2016

There are a variety of projects planned in Clinton Hill Brooklyn, NY. Real Estate Brokers and Agents in Brooklyn servicing the Clinton Hill market should take note of this update.

Developer Mike Shamash is planning a mixed use building of Read more >>


June 30th 2016

Greenwood Heights is sandwiched in between Park Slope and Sunset Park. The neighborhood boundaries here are 39th Street to the South, The Prospect Expressway to the North, 8th Avenue to the East and The Gowanus Canal to the West.

Greenwood Heights has excellent walkability as do many wonderful Brooklyn neighborhoods with many bus, subway and car travel options going into Manhattan. Read more >>


June 23rd 2016

Many of Brooklyn’s wonderful neighborhoods are booming. Property values are rising, new developments are everywhere and young professionals are transforming our borough like never before.

One key factor in the growth and popularity of Brooklyn as a place to live, work, raise a family and find endless cultural and culinary options is walkability.

Realtors across the U.S. Read more >>


June 10th 2016

Developer/Investor Thor Equities had purchased the 7.7 acre Revere Sugar Refinery site located at 280 Richards Street in 2005 with a mixed use building in their plan. Today, they have decided on a 4 story, 623,000 square foot Commercial complex. The project will have 600,000 square feet of office space featuring 100,000 square foot floor plates. There will also be a retail and restaurant space, a public waterfront esplanade, rooftop terraces and a central courtyard. Award winning British architect Read more >>


June 2nd 2016

As mentioned in our April 15th blog on the latest Coney Island development projects, to be continued.

Exciting news for the long dormant Child’s Restaurant on the boardwalk located at 3052 West 21st Street, Brooklyn NY. This landmarked 1920’s building formerly a candy factory and a roller skating rink was purchased by developer iStar. The plan is for a 60,000 square foot year round restaurant and rooftop bar. The terra cotta façade Read more >>


May 26th 2016

Fleet Week 2016 has come to New York for a 28th annual celebration to honor the members of the United States Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps. This seven-day celebration in New York City began May 25th, and it will continue through Memorial Day.  It is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services of U.S Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. The event is free and Read more >>


May 6th 2016

Over the last 10+ years many young families have come to recognize the charm of a jewel of a neighborhood in Brooklyn called Windsor Terrace.

Real estate prices have steadily climbed upward, but are still considered lower than nearby Park Slope. You can find a studio coop apartment in Windsor Terrace for around $250,000, a limestone or brick townhouse in the $1.5M to $1.8M price range, or a mixed use (storefront with residential apartments above) building for approximately $2M.

The housing stock in Windsor Terrace Read more >>


April 22nd 2016

Jehovah’s Witness Reach Deal on the sale of their Headquarters Building in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn. In December 2015, Jared Kushner and RFK purchased several buildings in Dumbo from the Jehovah’s Witnesses for $375M.

There is now a “handshake” agreement in place for Kushner, Aby Rosen and LIVWRK to purchase the Witness’s 733,000 square foot Headquarters building at 25-30 Columbia Heights and their 1.1 square foot development site at 85 Jay Street.

The sale price for the two properties is in the $700M range.

The Columbia Heights buildings were Read more >>


April 8th 2016

In every direction that you face in Metrotech, Downtown Brooklyn there is a new project either breaking ground, already completed or being planned. The explosion in development in commercial, residential and mixed use buildings in this amazing Brooklyn neighborhood is truly exciting.

A few years ago there were not many restaurants in Downtown Brooklyn and now Read more >>


April 2nd 2016

As Crown Heights in Brooklyn, New York gains in popularity among New Yorkers, both residential and commercial projects will continue to roll out to accommodate Read more >>


March 24th 2016

With the explosive population growth in the last 5 years and projections of continued growth in the years to come, The Department of Education has a plan to add 44,000 seats for students in these growing Brooklyn neighborhoods.

There is a trend towards private developers including space for schools in their mixed use buildings.

Projects such as Hudson Yards, Greenpoint Landing, The Domino Sugar Factory, Read more >>


March 18th 2016

Seven projects competed for the award for Excellence in Development that is given by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) each year. ULI began the Awards for Excellence program in 1979 with the objective of recognizing truly superior development efforts including full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design.

St. Ann’s Warehouse in Dumbo Read more >>


March 11th 2016

A small percentage of new projects going up in Gowanus have been  for Industrial use buildings. A majority of the projects planned or under way have been for residential buildings.

Developer Abra Construction owner Read more >>


March 5th 2016

Greenpoint is becoming a first choice for hipsters and young professionals to live in. The vibe of the Greenpoint neighborhood is hip yet much more low key than Williamsburg. In particular the waterfront area, centered around West Street currently has an abundance of new projects in the works.

Some of the new projects planned and already underway are:

 50 Greenpoint Avenue, where a 7 story, 44 unit apartment building is planned. The architect is Karl Ficher.

 44 Kent Street, where a six story building with Read more >>


February 26th 2016

On April 21st of 2015 we blogged about the proposed rezoning of East New York / Cypress Hills in an effort by City government to revitalize this Brooklyn NY neighborhood.

As of yesterday a plan was approved by the City Planning Commission to rezone, revitalize and Read more >>


February 18th 2016

Approximately a decade ago New York City created 16 Industrial Business Zones (IBZ) across the City for industrial and manufacturing businesses, a few of them located in Brooklyn’s Neighborhoods such as Williamsburg, Green Point, Brooklyn Navy Yard, East New York, North Brooklyn, SouthWest Brooklyn and Flatlands/Fairfield.

Developer Rubenstein Partners are planning to build Read more >>


February 6th 2016

The Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn now is a hot residential location. It has finally caught the attention of Developers and Investors. Examples of area projects are:

A 78 unit, 8 story, 60,000 square foot residential building  planned for 2100 Bedford Avenue between Lenox Road and Caton Avenue. The project will have Read more >>


December 29th 2015

For real estate companies in Brooklyn, real estate brokers and real estate agents in Brooklyn following the Jehovah’s Witnesses selloff of their Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo properties, this blog will be informative.

In February of 2014 we blogged about RFK and Kushner Cos. $375M purchase of several buildings in Dumbo from the Jehovah Witnesses. The buildings are located at 117 Adams Street, 55 Prospect Street, 81 Prospect Street, 77 Sands Street and 175 Pearl Street.

In July of 2014 we blogged about the Jehovah Witnesses sale of the Bossert Hotel located at 98 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights for $81M. The buyers are David Bistricer and Joseph Chetrit.

In preparation for their move upstate to Warwick New York, The Witnesses have announced that the next portion Read more >>


December 23rd 2015

For all real estate companies in Brooklyn as well as real estate brokers and real estate agents in Brooklyn who are following or have an interest in the Hotel Industry in Brooklyn, this blog will be informative.

For reference sake, our blogs on this topic include Read more >>


October 9th 2015

Attention all Commercial Real Estate Companies in Brooklyn and Commercial Real Estate agents

On 61st Street between 7th and 8th Avenues a 61 foot high, 6 story building will begin to be built in the near future. This building is being developed by Xiao Jin Chen, who purchased the property in 2013 for $4.5M. On the site currently sits a group of single story garages in disrepair. The architect Read more >>


October 1st 2015

Attention real estate companies in Brooklyn and real estate agents in Brooklyn servicing the Prospect Heights neighborhood.

Slate Property Group has purchased the former Green Point Savings Bank located at 856 Washington Avenue between Lincoln Place and Eastern Parkway. The purchase price for the property was $6,500,000.

A 14 story condominium building is planned for the site. 

Most likely the air rights from both adjacent buildings at Read more >>


September 24th 2015

To all real estate agents in Brooklyn and all real estate companies that have been keeping tabs on this saga.

It took years of legal battles and tremendous community dissent, but on September 10, Fortis Property Group closed on the site of Long Island College Hospital (LICH.)

Fortis spokesman James Yolles said “we look forward to refining our redevelopment plans over the next Read more >>


September 17th 2015

Attention to all real estate companies in Brooklyn and real estate agents in Brooklyn who love Junior’s cheesecake!

Famed Junior’s restaurant located on the corner of Flatbush Avenue Extension and Dekalb Avenue since 1950 will Read more >>


September 14th 2015

An interesting bit of news for Real Estate companies and Real Estate agents in Brooklyn.

Fodor’s Travel which covers over 7,500 destinations around the world has just come out with it’s newest guidebook Fodor’s Brooklyn!

Looking for expert advice, exclusive deals, hotel openings, trip ideas, then Fodor’s is a great source of information. Having a Fodor’s guidebook is Read more >>


August 20th 2015

Here is an update for real estate companies and real estate agents in Brooklyn following the latest news in Brooklyn Heights.

Developer Hudson Companies has paid $52M for the Brooklyn Heights Public Library building located at 280 Cadman Plaza West.

In place of the old library is a proposed 36 story Read more >>


July 26th 2015

With all of the busy Real Estate Companies in Brooklyn as well as all of the busy Real Estate Agents in Brooklyn, where do we go to do food shopping?

There is an alternative to Fairway and Whole Foods Markets when it comes to fresh, high quality and reasonably priced food.

3 Guys From Brooklyn, located on the corner of Fort Hamilton Parkway and 65th Street on the edge of the Borough Park neighborhood has been a Brooklyn favorite since Read more >>


July 16th 2015

To all great Brokers and Agents in Brooklyn Real Estate, be aware of this latest news about Brooklyn.

The Center For Fiction is relocating from their building located in Midtown Manhattan at 17 East 47th Street to 280 Ashland Place, a mixed use development in the heart of Brooklyn’s Cultural District.

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July 2nd 2015

The best in design creativity inspired by Brooklyn will be on display this weekend in Dumbo at St. Ann’s Warehouse and Mark Jupiter’s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

This best and latest in Contemporary furnishings, lighting and home design event should bring out thousands of design enthusiasts as well as Brooklyn’s best brokers and top agents.

Carlo A. Scissura, President of The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Read more >>


June 29th 2015

Many Brooklyn real estate companies and their agents are familiar with the magnificent Brownstone homes in the historic districts of Brooklyn Heights, Crown Heights North and Prospect- Lefferts Gardens. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission will most likely at some point in time designate several wonderful streets in Sunset Park as a historic district.

Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge neighborhood (where the famous Gingerbread House is located on Narrows Avenue), has several magnificent streets, Read more >>


June 20th 2015

Thor Equities is a development firm which many real estate agents and real estate companies in Manhattan and Brooklyn are familiar with.

Thor Equities owner Joseph Sitt is creating an outdoor museum on Stillwell Avenue and The Bowery, one of Coney Islands main walkways. Read more >>


June 13th 2015

Brooklyn's New York Marriott Hotel wants to stay on top and undergoing a total renovation. The hotel was opened in 1998 in Downtown Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Bridge when there was the only full service hotel in Downtown Brooklyn at the time. Through the years The Marriott has held several conferences for real estate agents representing many of Brooklyn’s real estate companies.

Fast forward to 2015 and many new hotels Read more >>


May 10th 2015

The William Vale - Williamsburg’s Newest Hotel Speeding Toward Completion. Riverside Developers, who will build and operate Williamsburg’s latest hotel addition, are planning to be open for business as soon as this coming New Year’s Eve. Located at 55 Wythe Avenue between North 12th Street Read more >>


May 2nd 2015

Since I’ve been a real estate broker in Brooklyn for over 27 years, I’ve had the opportunity to explore many of Brooklyn’s incredible neighborhoods, her second to none housing stock, magnificent architecture and a wonderful diversity of festivals and goings on.

In October of 2014 we blogged about the Brooklyn Heights Neighborhood Street Fairs Read more >>


March 19th 2015

As a real estate broker and lifelong resident of Brooklyn, I occasionally like to write a blog about Brooklyn neighborhoods, food and Brooklyn Commercial Real Estate news.

Brooklynites, whether newcomers or lifelong residents can all agree that when it comes to food, there is no better place for great quality and more diversity of cuisines in so many restaurants as we have in Brooklyn, NY.

From 8th Avenue in Sunset Park, Read more >>


March 4th 2015

The latest push to establish several more blocks of Crown Heights North as a historic district is taking place now.  The Landmarks Preservation Commission proposed in Phase III to designate 600+ homes as another part of a historic district that already exists. There are two other sections of Crown Heights North that have already been designated historic districts.

These historic and truly magnificent Brownstone, Limestone and Brick homes Read more >>


February 22nd 2015

Most of Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) is undeveloped at this time. There are plans for a lovely area with a lawn, a large field of gorgeous flowers, wonderful shade trees, places to sit and stroll and a triangular wood covered platform. The platform will raise Read more >>


December 18th 2014

Relax And Enjoy The Charm of Brooklyn's Sheepshead Bay and Brighton Beach Neighborhoods

Had a rough week at work? Need to clear your mind and have some quality downtime? The perfect prescription for you is a weekend trip to Sheepshead Bay, a neighborhood with it's own fishing village and a stop off at nearby Brighton Beach, where you will find the world famous boardwalk along the beach and ocean.

These neighborhoods were Read more >>


December 15th 2014

The Economic Development Corporation and developer Salmar Properties are investing in an innovation hub in Sunset Park. Located at Liberty View Industrial Plaza in a 1.1 million square foot, 8 story Industrial building. The space will be subdivided and the hub will occupy 160,000 square feet to provide space for projects in Read more >>


December 1st 2014

Much to the delight of real estate agents and  brokers in Brooklyn who service Prospect - Lefferts Gardens, this wonderful Brooklyn neighborhood has a lot going for it. For example, the housing stock of well maintained brick and limestone, Romanesque, Colonial and Tudor Revival style homes is fantastic.

This neighborhoods popularity amongst professionals, Read more >>


November 27th 2014

The Packer Collegiate Institute, located at 170 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn Heights is in contract to purchase the retail property located at 100 Clinton Street at the corner of Clinton Street and Remsen Street. The 12,000 square foot Clinton Street building will be home to Packer's Preschool and Kindergarten program beginning in the Fall of 2017.

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November 22nd 2014

The much beloved Dumbo Arts Festival, in it's 18th year, took place on the weekend of September 26th through the 28th. This year's festival showcased local artists as well as artists from around the world.

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November 15th 2014

Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn NY

 

 

The Grand Prospect Hall in Park Slope, is truly one of the crown jewels of Brooklyn's historic places to visit like the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden and The Brooklyn Museum.

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November 6th 2014

Brooklyn Zombie Run 2014 - Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, NY

Zombies arrived in Brooklyn, just in time for Halloween 2014! A Run For Your Lives, 5K Zombie Run event was held on October 25th at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. Event creators Ryan Hogan and Derrick Smith came up with the slogan before they came up with the event to go with it. 

  There was a zombie transformation process which included makeup, bloodiness and shredded clothes. Both zombie and non zombie participants run a muddy track with hurdles, rope ladders, water slides and other obstacles. Eventually run participants arrived at a safe zone called the Apocalypse, where there was drinking, dancing and plenty of partying going on to celebrate Halloween!

Brooklyn Zombie Run 2014 - Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn,NY
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October 19th 2014

East New York in Brooklyn is the focus of a revitalization effort by Mayor Bill Di Blasio and his administration. A big step towards the mayor’s goal to create affordable housing  in New York is that recently ground has been broken on Livonia Commons, phase one of a multi phase project that will eventually, when complete create 791 units of affordable housing. Read more >>


October 11th 2014

Every year, Brooklynites in different neighborhoods across the borough organize an amazing array of festivals and street fairs.

The Cranberry Street Fair, a Northern Brooklyn Heights celebration of the coming of autumn has been going on for the past 35 years. Organized by John and Richanda Rhoden, according to Ms. Rhoden "part of the charm is the fair's small size, it's so human and we don't want it to get bigger".

In all of the years of the Cranberry Fair there has never Read more >>


October 2nd 2014

Brooklyn is a wonderfully historic, architecturally and culturally diverse borough and is home to the magnificent, 175 year old Greenwood Cemetery sandwiched in between the neighborhoods of Sunset Park and Greenwood Heights. The Cemetery is 478 acres in size and is New York City's oldest natural landscape.

There is a lot to see and experience in Greenwood Cemetery such as the incredibly beautiful Greenwood Cemetery Chapel Read more >>


September 18th 2014

The Loew's Kings Theatre located at 1027 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn NY has been undergoing a meticulous, museum standard $94 Million restoration. The magnificently ornate 3,200 seat venue is being restored to it's original condition which will include a magnificent staircase to the mezzanine, 80 foot ceilings, period details from the guilded age of the 1920's when the theatre was originally built, a modern backstage area for dressing rooms and set storage as well as a two truck loading dock and much, much more.

The restoration is being done Read more >>


August 13th 2014

Dixon Advisory USA (an Australian yet N.J. based Investment Company) has a different plan for the storefronts at 132 Kane St. and 6-8 Cheever Place in the historic district of Cobble Hill. They are converting two retail storefronts into two residences for rent.

According to Carol Santana, Dixon's building code and permit manager they do not do commercial leasing. Asking rents have not been decided yet.

The Landmarks and Preservation Commission has proposed a plan for the storefronts restoration. At the moment both stores have graffiti, plastic and plywood on them.

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August 7th 2014

Real Estate brokers and agents marketing and selling properties in Downtown Brooklyn will be happy to know about a great new outdoor amenity coming to the neighborhood.

Brooklyn Strand is what mayor Bill Di Blasio is calling 21 acres of underused green space stretching from Borough Hall to Brooklyn Bridge Park. It will be a "spiffy" new park according to Mr. Di Blasio.

The Strand includes Columbus Park (adjacent to Borough Hall), Cadman Plaza Park (to its North containing the War Memorial), Walt Whitman Park (on the other side of Cadman Plaza East, including the Office of Emergency Management building), the Korean Veterans Plaza and several empty municipal lots and lawns.

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May 1st 2014

Clinton Hill Brooklyn is a neighborhood that is not only situated at one of the highest points in the borough, but is flying high with charm, sophistication and an incredible diversity of people, restaurants and things to do.

Clinton Hill is home to The Pratt Institute, located at 200 Willoughby Avenue. Read more >>


April 10th 2014

Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn NY was always a low key, lovely and quiet neighborhood that has many charms but did not have the allure of Cobble Hill or Park Slope. The Carroll Gardens boundaries are Degraw Street to the North, Hamilton Avenue to the South, Hicks Street to the East and Bond Street to the West. Carroll Gardens today has become a neighborhood of young urban professionals and young families.

There are still many signs of the old Carroll Gardens with a distinct Italian American flair. Some of the established Italian Read more >>


March 23rd 2014

Kensington Brooklyn New York is a neighborhood known for its diversity with residents from dozens of countries and where at least 20 languages are spoken. Today, Kensington is becoming popular with young professionals for the simple reason that it is one of the last affordable neighborhoods before you get to Windsor Terrace, Park Slope and Cobble Hill.

The housing stock in Kensington consists of wood frame Victorian homes as well as brick and limestone row houses. Along Ocean Parkway there are many pre-war and post war Co-op apartment buildings. The price range for residential property in today's real estate market in this lovely, tree lined Brooklyn neighborhood is as follows: One family homes are in the $725,000 to just under $1M range, two family homes and multi family homes are in the range of Read more >>


March 5th 2014

In the huge densely populated borough of Brooklyn there is a neighborhood with a small town feel and vibe to it. It is Windsor Terrace. Sandwiched between the neighborhoods of Park Slope and Flatbush, Windsor Terrace is known for its true sense of community. The blocks that make up this neighborhood have almost no Read more >>


February 27th 2014

Just stroll up and down the tree lined streets of this wonderful Brooklyn neighborhood, very close to Prospect Park and you will be very pleased to see magnificent housing stock of Romanesque Revival, Colonial Revival and Neo-Federal style Limestone, Brick, Brownstone and Victorian homes. Priced out of nearby Park Slope and Crown Heights, many people looking to purchase a house found that Prospect Lefferts Gardens offer great value homes with terrific amounts of living space, gorgeous period details and nice backyards to plant, play or just relax in. The neighborhood of Prospect Lefferts Gardens is bordered by Read more >>


November 6th 2013

In recent blogs we have focused on real estate in some of the more high profile, hot neighborhoods in Brooklyn New York such as Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo, Bedford Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights etc... With the popularity of neighborhoods near Prospect Park, Prospect Lefferts Gardens is being recognized as a great neighborhood to live in.

A much more reasonably priced alternative to Park Slope on the other side of Prospect Park, Prospect Lefferts Gardens real estate has gotten the attention of Investor/ Developers as well as first time home buyers.

A few reasons for the growing interest in this wonderful Brooklyn neighborhood are a great housing stock consisting of many gorgeous blocks of beautiful, well kept brick and limestone Read more >>


September 18th 2013

One of the topics that we write blogs about is the evolution, emergence, sometimes reemergence and transformation of various Brooklyn neighborhoods. On July 18th we focused on the emergence and forward progress of Brooklyn's Tech Triangle which encompasses the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, The Brooklyn Navy Yard and Dumbo. On May 10th we touched on the Future of Fort Greene/Downtown Brooklyn.

Today's blog is a continuation from that May10th Blog and is an update of specifically The BAM Cultural District a mini neighborhood whose boundaries consist of Flatbush Avenue, Fulton and South Oxford Streets and Hanson Place. Read more >>


August 30th 2013

We frequently blog about Real Estate news in Brooklyn's wonderful neighborhoods and the lifestyles that people enjoy in those neighborhoods. This blog is devoted to some of many Brooklyn's neighborhoods such as Sunset Park, Homecrest, Coney Island, Midwood and Bensonhurst that are a treasure trove of amazing restaurants from one end of the borough to the other to be experienced.

Sunset Park is one such neighborhood. Read more >>


August 22nd 2012

Spend the day or choose to stay. We recommend that you visit the Red Hook neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York and spend the day shopping, relaxing and having fun. A little bit out of the way via public transportation, but easily accessible by car or New York Water Front Taxi. Red Hook is one of Brooklyn's most historic and interesting waterfront neighborhoods.

At the intersection of Columbia Street and Sigourney Street lies Old Todd Memorial Park, which is now home to Red Hook Community Farm, an agricultural oasis in Brooklyn.                                                                        Red Hook Community Farm Read more >>


July 17th 2012

On May 4th of this year we posted our blog Historic and New Brooklyn NY Parks where we glowingly praised Prospect Park for its beauty and diversity of activities available to the public and Brooklyn Bridge Park for it's amazing location, innovative landscape design, neighborhood restaurant choices and the many ways to enjoy the park.

We have just learned and are happy to share the news that Toll Brother's City Living and Starwood Capital Group have been approved for a joint venture to develop an approximately 550,000 square foot luxury hotel complex on the upland of Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Read more >>


June 4th 2012

You may never have heard of the Brooklyn neighborhood called Homecrest, but it is an incredibly exciting and vibrant place to visit, and explore and to live. Easily accessible via the Q train to Kings Highway, Homecrest is worth the trip for many reasons. Homecrest has one of Brooklyn's most popular shopping and dining destination called Kings Highway. Kings Highway at any given point in time filled with the sounds of different languages of its diverse residents, such as Russian, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Tagalog, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Pakistani and let's not forget English. When you arrive at Kings Highway, if you realize that you forgot to go to the bank to get some cash to spend, not to worry, there are at least 10 banks large and small within a 15 block stretch. The shopping on Kings Highway attracts people from all over Brooklyn with many boutiques, clothing and shoe stores such as FOX’s, Designer Off-Price Department Store, Aldo, Chuckies, Steve Madden, Central Sports, Baker, Shoe Lab just to name a few.

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May 4th 2012

How lucky can Brooklyn residents get? There are several outstanding, historic and one still under construction, but amazing and very worth seeing park in Brooklyn New York today. Let's start with Prospect Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux after they completed Manhattan's Central Park in Manhattan. Prospect Park has an amazing bicycle path that twists and turns all through the park. This path is a bike riders dream and bicyclists can be seen year round riding through the park's wonderful bike path. There are pastures and lakes and an amazing abundance of gorgeous trees throughout the park. There are many events, cultural and otherwise held in Prospect Park, especially in The Spring and Summer time such as Bird watching, The Greenmarket, Dog events, Craft activities, Googa Mooga festival - a celebration of food and music on May 20th, The Food Truck Rally (a favorite of many) on May 28th, The Rhythm Revue Jazz and R&B concert June 25th and much much more!

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May 2nd 2012

Had a rough week? Looking to pamper yourself, explore an amazing Brooklyn Neighborhood, be entertained by world class, cutting edge artists, dine on scrumptious and healthy food? Well according to Jeff Grandis Broker Co- Owner of Accord Real Estate Group, a licensed Real Estate Broker, Boerum Hill fits the bill just fine.

Boerum Hill is easy to get to via the subway, with the F and G trains stopping at Carroll Street and Smith Street. What you can expect  when you arrive is a treat for all of your senses. Smith Street, an incredible main street in this neighborhood, is lined with some of Brooklyn's finest restaurants such as Wild Ginger located at 112 Smith Street. Wild Ginger serves a wonderful Pan Asian cuisine. The ambiance is soothing and lovely. Take a table in the rear for more privacy. You may want to try the seaweed salad, ginger pumpkin soup and for the main course the Malaysian Curry Stew is out of this world! The deserts are equally as delicious. You should try the peanut mouse chocolate cake.

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February 8th 2011

The vibrant and diversified Brooklyn Real Estate Market is not a recession proof market. Experts and everyday people agree that the poor condition of the economy has had a dramatic effect on the housing market. The Brooklyn Real Estate Market has experienced a downturn in property values for some time now as well as in other US cities. Some homeowners who can no longer meet their monthly mortgage payments for an extended period of time because of hardship, i.e. due to job losses or reduced income, medical emergency, etc. face the possibility of their property going into foreclosure, where the bank takes back the property to be sold. Read more >>


November 1st 2010

Whether you are searching for a reputable and reliable Brooklyn realtor to give you an accurate opinion of your home's value in today's market and to assist you with the sale of your property or if you are planning to purchase a house, commercial property, mixed use building, vacant land to develop, a condominium, a co-op apartment or a multi family property Jeffgrandis.com might be your #1 web destination on the internet. We have in our company inventory real estate listings that have good value for what they are, where they are and for the kind of market that we are currently in. For example, we are now offering 2 parcels of vacant land at a very reasonable price with great zoning for development in Clinton Hill, a very desirable and up and coming Brooklyn neighborhood. Also in our inventory of properties for sale is a large brick vacant 4 family house with good income potential at a very reasonable price located in East Flatbush. This property is perfect for a handy, do it your self investor looking for a low risk high return first investment property or an investor with a large portfolio of properties. We also have several listings of great values in co-op apartments for sale. One apartment is completely renovated and 2 blocks from the beach in Brighton Beach. Read more >>


October 13th 2010

With its amazing choice of neighborhoods and lifestyles, shopping and transportation conveniences, majestic parks, a rich diversity of architectural styles, world class entertainment and dining choices Brooklyn NY real estate has become the number one choice for home buyers, business owners and investors to buy real estate properties. At Accord Real Estate Group we are proud of our long standing track record of excellent results in representing sellers and assisting buyers with their sale or purchase of Brooklyn New York real estate. From Sheepshead Bay to Bensonhurst, from Dyker Heights to Sunset Park, from Brooklyn Heights to Windsor Terrace, from Manhattan Beach to BoCoCa and many other Brooklyn neighborhoods, we at Accord Real Estate Group know Brooklyn NY real estate and we know that you deserve only the finest personal attention from experienced real estate brokers and agents when you are planning to sell or to purchase a property. If you are planning to sell real estate in Brooklyn New York you can rely on us to bring you the best price possible in today's market. If you are planning to buy real estate in Brooklyn NY for the 1st time, shopping for a Brownstone, Co-op, Condominium, Brooklyn Townhouse or if you are an experienced investor looking for a multi family, mixed use or commercial property or if you are a business owner, looking for a building to set up your business, we listen very carefully to your needs and expectations to find just the right property for you. In addition to our brokers and agents we are working with a wide range of professionals, who can assist you with every aspect of preparing to sell or to purchase real estate properties in Brooklyn NY including cleaning out and cleaning up a property in preparation to sell, staging and making necessary renovations to make the best 1st impression when showing your property, real estate attorneys, movers, mortgage brokers etc. Read more >>


July 29th 2010

The neighborhoods of Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Sea Gate and Manhattan Beach are all located right on or are surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. According to Jeff Grandis, a lifelong resident of Brooklyn and a Brooklyn Real Estate Broker " For a truly relaxing ,fun, historic, interesting and delicious experience every New Yorker or tourist should visit these Brooklyn neighborhoods." Sheepshead Bay is the New York version of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Sheepshead Bay has both fishing and party boats depart from the piers going out to sea morning and night. Restaurants, clubs,shops and expensive condominiums abound. Brighton Beach is the mecca of Russian culture in Brooklyn. Brighton Beach Avenue is a wonderland of specialty food markets, cafes, nightclubs and restaurants. The boardwalk stretches for several miles along the beaches of Brighton Beach and Coney Island ending at Sea Gate, Brooklyn's oldest gated community. Coney Island is at least for now still the home some great old amusement park rides that are a wonderful slice of Brooklyn history, i.e. The Cyclone and The Wonder Wheel. Read more >>


April 15th 2010

Residential property sales for the first quarter of 2010 showed bright spots in several Brooklyn neighborhoods, based on the business transactions made through the efforts of Accord Real Estate Group. For example, a detached brick two family house in Sheepshead Bay, sold in one week at full price, and there were many other interested, qualified buyers in need of a good house. Another example is a brick 3 family house in Bensonhurst, that sold relatively quickly at close to asking price and again there were many other qualified buyers interested in this house. Still another example of a Brooklyn neighborhood bright spot is a handyman's special brick 3 family house in Ft Greene. The house is located just 2 blocks from Fort Greene Park on the Myrtle Avenue side of the park and it was sold relatively quickly for a great price considering the amount of work needed to bring the house up to good condition. These sales, in my opinion as a Brooklyn Real Estate Broker, are a direct indication that the Brooklyn Real Estate Market is improving. Read more >>


January 22nd 2010

The Brooklyn Real Estate market in 2009 was a year that most if not all brokers, agents and realtors are glad is behind us. As a broker for 22 years selling Brooklyn Real Estate in many Brooklyn neighborhoods, I've seen in the last year that few Brooklyn neighborhoods saw any price increases in property values. For most Brooklyn neighborhoods, since we have been in a downward trend price wise, for the last 3-4 years prices remain at the lowest level since last real estate boom. While the 2010 Brooklyn Real Estate Market is expected to bring an improvement in sales volume, meaning, there will be more people selling and buying properties, I do not foresee an increase in property values yet and commercial property sales will still be slowed. Most mixed use and commercial properties will be difficult to sell in this overly cautious lending environment and slow business forecasts. Read more >>


March 18th 2009

Jeff Grandis, a Brooklyn Realtor for 22 years points out that across the spectrum of properties for sale in Brooklyn New York today, whether Commercial, Residential or Mixed Use, buyers are out there shopping for values and buying. For example, whether it is a 1,300 Square Foot 3 bedroom 2 bath Luxury Condominium in Brighton Beach for sale at $535,000 or a one family 3 bedroom 2 bath duplex home for sale in Midwood for $450,000, or an extra large 2 family 3 bedroom over 2 bedroom house for sale in Sheepshead Bay for $689,000,or a mixed use building with one store and one 2 bedroom apartment for sale in Flatbush for $499,000 there is plenty of activity from qualified buyers and deals are being made. Grandis further points out that there are so many all cash investors out there hunting for deals and finding them at all price levels and property types. Now is truly a great time to buy. Even with the economy in a shambles and so much uncertainty and insecurity that exists in many peoples minds about what direction to turn in for a safe investment, Brooklyn Real Estate is still a solid choice for the long run. Read more >>


September 3rd 2008

"That's right" says Jeff Grandis, a Brooklyn Real Estate Broker, who proudly announcesthe launch of a completely redesigned and upgraded version of his web site. The web site is very helpful and informative to both sellers and buyers of Brooklyn Real Estate. There is extensive information on many different neighborhoods, such as architectural influence, lifestyle information, school information and much more. Please visit the different pages at www.jeffgrandis.com or call Jeff Grandis at 917-804-3198, your lifelong Brooklyn resident and your Brooklyn Neighborhood Real Estate Broker. You can also e-mail to Jeff at jeff@jeffgrandis.com

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June 18th 2008

In the Real Estate Brokerage business having a great team behind you is crucial to one's success in properly and professionally servicing clients and customers. Jeff Grandis, a Real Estate Broker/Owner at Accord Real Estate Group has the good fortune of being the leader of a great team. The most important member of Jeff's team is  Anna Kader, a Real Estate Broker and co-owner of the company. She is an incredibly bright, focused, professional and thoroughly pleasant person. Anna, originally from Russia, has been in the United States for over 20 years. A former A.V.P for Citibank, Anna has a very strong technical computer background as well as a strong background in customer service. In the Real Estate Brokerage business for over 7 years, earning her Real Estate Broker's license Anna has an unusually strong knowledge and passion for real estate. Anna and Jeff work very carefully and thoroughly in researching prices and trends in sales of Brooklyn properties to give their clients the most up to date and accurate information to base their pricing decisions on. A strong exposure for the properties always increases the odds of getting more showings to qualified buyers and in return more opportunities to receive written bona fide offers. Anna's strong computer background benefits our clients dramatically. She posts our client's properties on multiple websites popular on the major Search Engines, including Jeffgrandis.com to maximize the exposure to the marketplace. Read more >>


June 15th 2008

Please visit the Brooklyn Neighborhoods individul pages on our website to get detailed information for: Bath Beach Bay Ridge Bedford Stuyvesant Bensonhurst Bergen Beach Boerum Hill Boro Park Brighton Beach Brooklyn Heights Canarsie Carroll Gardens Clinton Hill Cobble Hill Columbia Street Waterfront District Coney Island Crown Heights Downtown Brooklyn Dumbo Dyker Heights Flatbush Flatlands Fort Greene Fort Hamilton Fulton Ferry Georgetown Gerritsen Beach Gowanus Gravesend Homecrest Kensington/Parkville Madison Manhattan Beach Marine Park Midwood Mill Basin Park Slope Prospect Heights Prospect - Lefferts Gardens Prospect Park Red Hook Sea Gate Sheepshead Bay Sunset Park Williamsburg Windsor Terrace Read more >>


June 18th 2007

In the fascinating and fast paced world of Real Estate in Brooklyn New York, occasionally we like to step back and comment on community related issues, special events, neighborhood trends, the business of real estate and important and not so important news in the form of blogs. I have been a neighborhood Real Estate Broker for many years and I would like to share my knowledge of the Real Estate business with you. I hope that you find that the blogs we are posting on this page to be helpful and informative. Please feel free to browse through these blogs and respond if you wish to. I welcome your e-mails with constructive ideas and comments. Thank You, Jeff Grandis

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April 25th 2007

The fact of the matter is according to Jeff Grandis of jeffgrandis.com when working with a buyer a professional real estate broker must take the time to get to know that buyers needs in terms of what they can afford to spend, the amenities of the home and most importantly the location of the home". Is that home located near schools, houses of worship, transportation, shopping, fishing boats, beaches, libraries, a bicycle path, jogging trail, restaurants and cafes, night-clubs or other families with young children for their kids to play with? As a Real Estate Broker for over 25 years Grandis says we don't just sell buyers the walls, ceilings, floors, room sizes, a certain architectural style home, kitchens and bathrooms. We are selling them a lifestyle that is just right for their individual lives and unique needs. It is not an easy task, but its very gratifying when you can put all the right elements together for your buyers. For more information on selling different lifestyles or any questions regarding selling or buying Real Estate in Brooklyn New York call Jeff at 1-917-804-3198 or e-mail.

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April 15th 2007

Brooklyn New York has a stunning array of great restaurants!

If Italian food is your favorite and it is definitely mine I highly recommend “The New Corner' restaurant on 72nd street in Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY. Moderately priced and consistently great food, the following are some dishes that I highly recommend. Start out with the combo seafood salad & chef salad, it is to die for.If you are really hungry also go for the Zuppa di Clams or Mussels in a red sauce. The herbs and fresh sautéed garlic make it a real winner.For your main dish, whether you choose a traditional Veal Cutlet Parmigiana, Veal Chop alla Chef or Lobster Fra Diavolo with linguine, or you choose anything else on the menuit will be a great meal.
If you still have room for dessert the Profiteroles with ice cream, Ricotta Cheese cake (the Italian version) are a home run.

Your lifelong Brooklyn resident and also your Brooklyn Neighborhood Real Estate Broker,

Jeff Grandis

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January 30th 2007

According to Jeff of Accordrealestategroup.com “ Smith Street has a high concentration of many different restaurants and cuisines”. Jeff goes on to say “ probably the best selection of restaurants in all of Brooklyn can be found in BOCOCA – ( Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens ).

One of the best restaurants in the area is Cubana Café located at 272 Smith Street, between Sackett and DeGraw Street.

If you like to drink Mojitos, then this is the place for you. The mojitos here are the real thing with all fresh ingredients and made to perfection. The atmosphere is lively and always festive with Great Cuban music playing, Steve, the owner, greets you like family and absolutely great food, priced moderately.

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