Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit Transit advocates weigh in on how the New York City Transit head’s departure may affect New Yorkers After just two short years, New York City Transit president Andy Byford has resigned, a decision that was met on Thursday with shock and disappointment from politicians, transit advocates, and commuters alike. “This is a bad day for riders,” says Jaqi Cohen, the campaign director for Straphangers. That sentiment …
Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Roof Gone at Domino, Inexpensive Kitchen Reno Tips
Park Slope Brownstone With Energy-Efficient Features and Three More to See, Starting at $625K Our open house picks from last week all have beautifully crafted details regardless of their age or condition. Two are from the 19th century and two from the 20th; the latter both come with that most coveted… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Roof Gone at Domino, Inexpensive Kitchen Reno Tips appeared first on Brownstoner.
The most expensive blocks for NYC rentals are in Soho and Tribeca
Max Touhey | A new StreetEasy report found that streets like Greenwich and Greene in Soho are among the most expensive for rentals New York City rents have reached record highs in recent years, but there are certain neighborhoods and streets in the city—well, Manhattan—where rents are ridiculously high. In a new report, StreetEasy looked at where, exactly, the most expensive blocks in the borough are located, using its Rent Score tool, which ranks NYC rental buildings from least to most expensive. The score takes into account the number of bedrooms in a unit, whether it’s a penthouse or not, and the floor it sits…
Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: The Luxury Condo Boom Transformed Brooklyn
Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for 20 Units in Brownsville, Starting at $571 a Month An affordable housing lottery has opened for 20 newly constructed units in an eight-story building at 212 Hegeman Avenue, between Watkins Street and Mother Gaston Boulevard, in Brownsville. — How the Rise and Fall of the Luxury Condo Building… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: The Luxury Condo Boom Transformed Brooklyn appeared first on Brownstoner.
Brooklyn Real Estate Six Months Later: Two Sold, Two in Contract – Brownstoner
Brooklyn Real Estate Six Months Later: Two Sold, Two in Contract Brownstoner
Real estate created the Chinese elite. Here’s what happens next
Real estate seems the best way to amass a fortune in China, according to the country’s elite. A UBS Group AG survey of 76 wealthy families found that 30 percent of respondents said they built their fortunes through real estate, twice the percentage of wealthy families elsewhere in the world, according to Bloomberg. Consumer discretionary and industrials were the next most common means of wealth-building in the country. The average net worth of respondents was
What are the Best New Year’s Resolutions for Homeowners?
As a Brooklyn homeowner, make New Year’s resolutions that save you money this year. The start of a new year is the most popular time to make New Year’s resolutions. Do you make them? And what do resolutions have to do with homeownership? What are New Year’s Resolutions? First, let’s understand what New Year’s resolutions are. They’re promises you make to yourself to better yourself in the new year. And depending on the kind of promise you make to yourself, they are quite often broken …
A two-story wall could divide Hudson Yards from the High Line
The second phase of Hudson Yards will rise over the rail yards next to the Hudson River. | Max Touhey Council Speaker Corey Johnson called the idea a “breach of public trust” The developer behind Hudson Yards is mulling building a 700-foot-long wall that would rise two stories over the High Line, in what local elected officials are calling a “betrayal” of what was originally negotiated for the site years ago. The megadevelopment on Manhattan’s west side sits on a massive deck that developers Related Companies and Oxford Property Group built atop a working rail yard used to store Long Island Rail Road trains. The city-within-a-city, which has been in the works for two decades…
What’s in the Crystal Ball for Brooklyn?
The Eagle’s Mary Frost interviewed prominent Brooklynites, asking for their views on Brooklyn’s future. Carlo Scissura, head of the Mayor’s panel studying the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, predicts that “the BQE will get some much-needed love and attention.” Love? He also thinks the Nets will make the playoffs. Karen Johnson, owner of DUMBO’s Olympia Wine Bar, thinks the BQE will continue to be an issue, along with subway overcrowding (that’s what happens when your only convenient subway is the F train). Both Lara Birnback, executive director of the Brooklyn Heights Association, and Regina Myer…
Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Restoring Woodwork, Affordable Housing in Brownsville
Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for 20 Units in Brownsville, Starting at $571 a Month An affordable housing lottery has opened for 20 newly constructed units in an eight-story building at 212 Hegeman Avenue, between Watkins Street and Mother Gaston Boulevard, in Brownsville. — Robert A.M. Stern-Designed Mansion Tops Out in Midwood A huge one-family… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Restoring Woodwork, Affordable Housing in Brownsville appeared first on Brownstoner.
Top 10 Brooklyn Real Estate Listings: A New Townhouse in Carroll Gardens, a Co-op in Midwood – Brownstoner
Top 10 Brooklyn Real Estate Listings: A New Townhouse in Carroll Gardens, a Co-op in Midwood Brownstoner
The latest threat to US landlords? Cities are arming tenants with lawyers
Half a dozen U.S. cities plan to provide tenants free legal counsel in eviction cases in an effort to reduce evictions and prevent homelessness. The programs are expected to be costly and challenging to implement, but advocates contend they will help keep people from becoming homeless and entering the shelter system, according to the Wall Street Journal. The cities include San Francisco, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Newark, and Santa Monica. All but San Francisco limit assistance to
Where is the Place to Be for the Best Christmas Lights Now?
The best place to be for the best Christmas lights in Brooklyn is Dyker Heights! Manhattan is known for its enormously large Christmas tree, nostalgic ice skating rink, and giant decorations at the Rockefeller Center. And Saks Fifth Avenue is a big hit every year with the light show displayed on its façade. But Brooklyn lays claim to the massive, professionally-decorated Christmas light displays of Dyker Heights since the 1980s. So, if you’re into quaint and cozy Christmas experiences with fewer tourists, visit Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. It is…
5 open houses in Park Slope to check out this weekend
Courtesy of the Corcoran Group If you’re looking to buy in the neighborhood, here’s a few places worth considering Welcome to Curbed NY’s Open House Tour, because who doesn’t love a little real estate gawking? This time around, we’re looking at what’s on the market in Park Slope. RISE Media, courtesy of the Corcoran Group This two-bedroom co-op, located inside a prewar brownstone, has a skinny floorplan, and comes with two bathrooms, three closets, a dishwasher, and hardwood floors. The co-op has bike storage and allows pets. It’s located on 12th Street, between Prospect Park…
Inside the Hotel Bossert with Montague BID
You may recall earlier this week, Claude reminded us that today is Small Business Saturday and the Montague BID would be hosting a “selfies with elves” event at none other than the lobby of the storied Hotel Bossert. We won’t get into the 7+ years long, at times heart-warming, always intriguing, and unendingly mysterious saga of the Bossert. It’s a holiday weekend afterall. Let us just feast our eyes on these photos of the stunning lobby. (For best results, click on photos to enlarge.)Radiator Grill with Hotel Logo InscriptionsOutside the Bossert, a WPIX van was parked, presumably …
Brooklyn Real Estate Six Months Later: All Four Sold
This week, for the last time this year, we look back at four of our featured listings from six months ago, focusing on homes in Midwood Park, Crown Heights, Park Slope and Prospect Lefferts Gardens. How did they fare? First, this circa 1912 standalone Dutch Colonial Revival that possesses a ton… Read More >The post Brooklyn Real Estate Six Months Later: All Four Sold appeared first on Brownstoner.
Restoring Brooklyn’s Queen of Department Stores – The New York Times
Restoring Brooklyn’s Queen of Department Stores The New York Times
5 Ways to Make You and Your Home a Happier Place to Be
Start practicing gratefulness every day to make a happier you and your home a happier place to be. What are you thankful for today? Gratefulness is the key that opens the door to happiness. Science tells us so. You see, simple acts of kindness practiced daily make you more optimistic and less negative. So in light of Thanksgiving Day next week and a new year next month, here are five ways to practice gratitude every day to make you and your home a happier place all year. Ways to Practice Gratitude Daily to Make You and Your Home a Happier Place Make time to think about all that you’re …
NYC to ‘pedestrianize’ streets around Rockefeller Center during holidays
Getty Images The pilot program will kick off on November 29 Streets around Rockefeller Center will be closed to cars for part of the day during the tourist-packed holiday season, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. After initially backtracking when an earlier vision of the plan leaked in October, de Blasio said on The Brian Lehrer Show Friday that beginning November 29 into early January, 49th and 50th streets between Fifth and Sixth avenues will be exclusively open to pedestrians during the area’s most congested hours. “Literally, each year, more …
Like the refugees in Casablanca, those eagerly awaiting the re-opening of the Hotel Bossert must wait…and wait…and wait…As Brooklyn Eagle reported last week, the scheduled soft opening last month didn’t happen (again). Reporter Lore Crohan couldn’t track down anyone willing to offer any explanations, trying to contact a variety of people associated with the Chetrit Group, which owns the property, to no avail: messages and phone calls yielded no response.The Eagle story offers context of the building’s history and links galore to …
Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Affordable Housing in Ocean Hill
Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for Two Units in Ocean Hill for $899 a Month An affordable housing lottery has opened for a pair of apartments in a four-story building at 1666 Broadway in Ocean Hill. — It’s Just a Heights One-Bedroom Reader Renovation Diary: We Pull the Trigger Four years and 1,906 open houses… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Affordable Housing in Ocean Hill appeared first on Brownstoner.
Top 10 Brooklyn Real Estate Listings: A Sprawling Manse, a Narrow Brownstone – Brownstoner
Top 10 Brooklyn Real Estate Listings: A Sprawling Manse, a Narrow Brownstone Brownstoner
Manhattan rezoning forges ahead — without the de Blasio administration
Last month, the de Blasio administration rejected a proposal to rezone Morningside Heights. Now, a community group — with the help of the City Council — is moving ahead without the agency. The Morningside Heights Community Coalition is advancing plans to rezone the neighborhood despite the Department of City Planning’s reservations that changes won’t create much affordable housing. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson has pledged to direct the council’s land-use staff to put together a
It’s In Your Best Interest to Hire a Lawyer
Buying or selling, hire a lawyer A real estate attorney is worth every bit of the peace of mind they give! Whether buying or selling real estate, it’s in your best interest to hire a lawyer to represent you through the transaction process. Because even the simplest real estate deals come with complicated legal language, terms, and conditions. Besides, New York is one of twenty-two states which requires the presence of a lawyer during real estate closings. Why It’s Important to Hire a Lawyer The buying or selling transaction process involves attorneys, title insurance companies, property surveys, real estate agents, buyers, sellers, and mortgage brokers or bankers. And all of these people have their own sets of paperwork and legal jargon that may overwhelm…
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