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A Sicilian town is selling homes for a single Euro

Got a buck? Or, rather, a Euro? That could get you a home in scenic Sambuca de Sicilia, Italy. The town on the island of Sicily is selling off 17 properties there for as little as €1 to help attract people to a community experiencing depopulation, according to the New York Post. Of course, there’s a catch. New owners are obligated to invest at least $17,000 into improvements of the property within the first three …

How to Enjoy a Safe Halloween in the Neighborhood

Halloween may or may not be your thing, and for some very valid reasons. But it is a favorite “holiday” for many because: It is fun and very affordable as compared to Christmas and Thanksgiving Halloween provides value Consumer confidence is at its highest level in 10 years And if you do plan to enjoy it, plan to make it a safe Halloween. How You Can Make it a Safe Halloween With so many out and about enjoying Halloween in the neighborhood, there are some things you can and should do to make it safe and lots of fun, too. See and be seen in the dark Choose costumes that are bright and reflective Add reflective tape to …

Women’s March 2019: NYC street closures, route, and time

Everything you need to know about the march Today, thousands of demonstrators will take to the street for the third annual Women’s March in New York City. The event began in 2017 as a way to show support for women’s rights after the inauguration of President Donald Trump; last year, an estimated 200,000 people took to the streets for the event. This year, there is a slight quirk: There are two events planned, although only one is permitted to actually march through the city. That one, organized by a group called Women’s March Alliance (which also organized the 2017 and 2018 marches in New York), will happen on the Upper West Side and in Midtown. The other, organized by the group Women’s March NYC, will …

New Life for 186 Remsen? Bye-bye 192 Montague?

In a post this past September I speculated about the future of 186 Remsen Street (photo, by C. Scales), which I have long liked as an example of Victorian Romanesque architecture. In the post I noted that the building had been acquired by Up Ventures LLC, who had filed plans for a fourteen story hotel on the site. Being east of Clinton Street, the site is outside the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, with its fifty foot height limit on new construction, but it is in the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District, …

A Sunny Design-Build Comes to Crown Heights

Palmer Thompson-Moss and Dane Risch purchased what appeared to be a tear-down on Bergen Street and Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights in 2013 and transformed it into King Tai, a sun-filled neighborhood bar that they designed and contracted for themselves.“The building itself brought a lot to the table, kind of ironically,” recalls Thompson-Moss. “Everyone said, ‘What are you going to do with that thing?’ It had a dirt floor; the metal cornice was falling…

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard Selling in Brooklyn

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard Put Park Slope Brownstone on Market for $4.599 Million Actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard are selling their Park Slope brownstone. The couple purchased the Italianate row house for $1.91 million in 2006. Located at 36 Sterling Place in the Park Slope Historic District Extension II,… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard Selling in Brooklyn appeared first on Brownstoner.

Billionaire Henry Kravis’ 19K sf ranch is on the market

Want to ride horses, hunt big game, play golf, and fly in a helicopter, all in the same day? Then this $46 million luxury ranch in Colorado is for you. The seller, Henry Kravis, co-founder of investment company KKR, has an estimated personal net worth of approximately $5.4 billion, according to Forbes. He bought the property for $5.5 million in 1991, according the Wall Street Journal. The ranch, known as “Westlands,” spans about 4,600 acres …

The Best Things to Do in New York on Thanksgiving Day

The special day for feasting and giving thanks arrives on the fourth Thursday of November every year. And that fourth Thursday will be here next week! Here in New York, we know how to celebrate. So if you’re hosting Thanksgiving in New York, show your guests how it’s done. Or make some of the best memories with your own. Just look at all of New York’s best things to do on Thanksgiving Day! 7 Things to Do in New York on Thanksgiving Day 1. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation On Thanksgiving Day Eve, Macy’s plumps up giant balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. And it’s almost as crowded as the parade is! When and where? Macy’s balloon inflation takes place on …

Staten Island’s Bay Street rezoning rejected by community board

A Staten Island community board quashed the plan with a 37-3 vote against amid calls for changes. Staten Island’s Community Board 1 overwhelming voted against a proposal to rezone a stretch of Bay Street on the borough’s north shore this week, demanding the plan beef up the area’s transportation infrastructure and include additional affordable housing commitments. The board voted 37-3 against the proposal. Some 250 locals packed into All Saints Episcopal Church on Victory Boulevard Tuesday for a five-hour meeting on the de Blasio administration’s rezoning plan. Vincent Accornero, the panel’s land use chairman, says it was one of the most contentious meetings he’s attended in his 30 years on the board. “It’s a multi-faceted application and there are many facets that …

Emily Blunt & John Krasinski Buy “A Quiet Place” in Brooklyn Heights

The Real Deal and WSJ report A-Listers Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”) and John Krasinski (The Office) have purchased adjacent apartments at The Standish for a cool $11M. Sources close to the deal say once combined the renovated apartment will take up an entire floor of the building.The power couple, who starred together in the horror-suspense flick, “A Quiet Place” directed by Krasinski,  joins Matt Damon and family at the famed building on 171 Columbia Heights. Damon’s penthouse purchase for $16.6 broke Brooklyn sales records.Welcome to the neighborhood!

Life Inside: A Passive House in Carroll Gardens

Laura Mackall and Robert Manley did not set out to build a passive house when they embarked upon the renovation of their 1860s townhouse in Carroll Gardens. The building required a near gut renovation, so when they inquired for bids, Laura on a whim included a contractor with experience in passive construction. Surprisingly, the bids came back with a relatively small difference in cost. They decided to take the plunge.Laura’s father, Louis Mackall, a Connecticut-based…

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Emily Blunt and John Krasinski in Brooklyn Heights

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Buy Entire Floor at The Standish in Brooklyn Heights for $11 Million Two more actors have joined Matt Damon in Brooklyn Heights. In fact, they are moving to the same building. — Wegmans Will Open in Brooklyn Navy Yard This Fall, Start Hiring 500 Next Month The highly anticipated… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Emily Blunt and John Krasinski in Brooklyn Heights appeared first on Brownstoner.

Relaxing the rules: Millennial buyers are prompting some co-op boards to loosen up

Vying to lure in more young buyers, some co-op boards are loosening their rules. Some boards are trying to ease requirements about approvals and subletting to make home values more in line with condos, Forbes reported. “So many mindful co-ops are trying to act more like condos these days, so they can attract higher prices from a wider audience,” Compass agent Brian Lewis told Forbes. “I’ve never encountered a condo that wants to act more …

How to Declutter Christmas Decor and Store Only the Best

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L train shutdown: Will alternative transportation improvements survive?

NYC should still move forward with cycling network, transit service, and pedestrian safety improvements developed to mitigate the shutdown—even if it never happens Following Thursday’s announcement that a complete L train shutdown, slated to begin in April, may be averted due to a new Canarsie Tunnel design, questions linger. If approved by the MTA board, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 11th-hour plans to change course on repairs four years in the making will affect not only the L train, but also multimodal transportation …

Shop Small? Find Out What Can Be Done To Fight “Mallification” At BHS Thursday Evening

This Thursday evening, November 29 starting at 6:30 the Brooklyn Historical Society will present “Malls vs. Bodegas: Resisting the Suburbanization of the City.” This panel discussion will be moderated by Paul Goldberger, contributing editor of Vanity Fair. Admission is $5, or free for BHS members. Make reservations and more information here.

An Interview with Designer/Maker Evan Z. Crane

AH: Where in Brooklyn did you grow up?EC: I grew up on 13th Street between 3rd & 4th Avenue. It is the borderline between Park Slope and Gowanus. It has all the colorful aspects of a neighborhood where residential meets industrial. When I was a kid, if you parked your car on the lower third of the block it was almost guaranteed you would get your tires stolen. It was, and still is sometimes, referred to as South Slope. The Daily News once called it “The Frayed Edges of Park Slope.” That is by far my favorite moniker.AH: When did you know you wanted to be a designer? How did you get started?EC: I …

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Matt Damon’s New Pad, a Williamsburg Duplex Condo

Duplex Condo With Curved, Double-Height Window Wall in Williamsburg Asks $999K This two-bedroom duplex condo has two terraces and a lot of glass — most notably the dramatic double-height curved wall of windows in the living room that dominates the space. — Did Matt Damon Break Record With Penthouse Purchase in The Standish… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Matt Damon’s New Pad, a Williamsburg Duplex Condo appeared first on Brownstoner.

Love thy neighbor — then buy their apartment

It can take years — sometimes decades — but New Yorkers looking to trade up can sometimes do just that by buying the apartment next door. Combined units represent only a fraction of the market, around 2 percent to 5 percent of sales in the city, according to Miller Samuel Real Estate. But with a dose of luck, they do happen regularly, as the New York Times reported. “I’ve heard of lots of people who …

How to Display the Best Ever Christmas Lights on Your Home

Hanging Christmas lights is a difficult task. But here are nine tips from lighting professionals that will make the job a little easier. Simple or extravagant, Christmas lights express welcome Christmas cheer. But hanging Christmas lights tends to bring out, well, let’s just say, not Christmas cheer. If you are an annual do-it-yourselfer, you know how difficult hanging lights can be. You know how much time and patience decorating with lights require. And depending on the height of the peak of that …