If you’re interested in local produce and organic farming, this is a chance to meet Fred Lee of Sang Lee Farms in Brooklyn Heights on April 22.
When: Wednesday, April 22nd
What time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: 136 Lawrence Street Apt. 3B
Fred has been delivering fresh produce to our neighborhood for almost a decade through the Dumbo/Vinegar Hill CSA. He’s coming into town to talk about the ins and outs of organic farming, tell his family’s story, and answer questions about how CSAs work.
Please let the Dumbo CSA know if you’re planning to attend by sending a quick note to core [at] dumbocsa [dot] org.
There is a popup shop event at by Vedazzling Accessories at 145 Front Street from 6-10pm on Saturday, April 18, 2015. If you haven’t stopped by the shops at 145 Front Street, in addition to Vedazzling Accessories, there are several individual owned stores in the ‘mini-mall’.
We posted about the broken car window incidents on Water Street and Gold Street about a week ago. Yesterday, more car windows were seen broken along Plymouth and Bridge Streets in Vinegar Hill. Photos of five different cars:
Be on the lookout for suspicious activity and call the 84th Precinct (718-875-6811 (store this number in your cell phone)) or 911 if you witness any crimes. Please continue to call so they can log/track the area.
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) offers a way for people in our neighborhood to buy vegetables directly from a local farmer. The Dumbo CSA works with Fred Lee of Sang Lee Farms, a family-owned and -operated certified organic farm on the North Fork of Long Island. Last year, more than 140 families in Dumbo and Vinegar Hill signed up for weekly vegetable deliveries.
Here’s how it works:
Veggies: Every member receives a weekly selection of fresh, organic vegetables—approximately eight different varieties each week (though it may be more during peak harvest months). The cost is $590 for 25 weeks ($23.60 per week).
Optional add-ons: Fruit for $195 and cheese for $195 ($10.83 per week for 18 weeks). New this year, you can also sign up to receive a weekly selection of homemade products from Sang Lee’s certified organic kitchen, from seasonal soups and salads to dressings, pestos, and dips ($375 for 25 weeks). The CSA is also partnering with local vendors to offer bread, olive oil, and almond butter shares to members.
Pickups: Wednesday evenings from 5-8 p.m. at the Phoenix House on 50 Jay Street. The season runs from June to November.
MNS, the Brooklyn real estate firm published their March 2015 Brooklyn Rental Market Report today (along with their Manhattan Rental Market Report). Andrew Barrocas, CEO of MNS, notes that average rents throughout Brooklyn increased 0.38% this month, to $2,711.22 in March from $2700.99 in February.
Brooklyn rents remained stable this month and year-over-year increases were 2.87% from March 2014. Listing inventory grew only 0.57% in March—up to 2,984 from 2,967 units in February.
The largest increases in rent prices were seen in studio in Brooklyn Heights and two bedroom units in Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill. The biggest drops in rents occurred in studio units in Cobble Hill, Crown Height and Fort Greene, and two bedroom units in Fort Greene. It should also be noted that the current inventory of studio units in Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Crown Heights and Bushwick was less than 15 units at the time data was collected. Thus, these neighborhoods may demonstrate extreme price sensitivity compared to other Brooklyn neighborhoods.
The greatest year-over-year changes occurred in Boerum Hill and Greenpoint. Average prices in Boerum Hill increased by 21.3% since March 2014. Average prices in Greenpoint fell by 7.3%, to $2,655 in March 2015 from $2,864.41 in March 2014.
Some other highlights of the report include the following:
Average rents in Brooklyn increased to $2,711.22 in March 2015. Monthly growth was 0.38% from February 2015
Year-over-year increases were 2.87% from March 2014
Listing inventory grew only 0.57% in March – up to 2,984 from 2,967 units in February
The current inventory of studio units in Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Crown Heights and Bushwick was less than 15 units at the time data was collected.
The largest monthly increase
Studios in Brooklyn Heights rose by 9.55%
Two bedroom units in Boerum Hill rose by 9.6%
Two bedroom units in Cobble Hill rose the most this month with an 11.91% increase
The largest monthly decrease
Studios in Cobble Hill decreased by 15.92%
Studios in Crown Heights decreased by 7.1%
Studios in Fort Greene decreased by 7.78%
Two Bedrooms in Fort Greene decreased by 8.13%
Dumbo: March’s most expensive rental properties are in Dumbo, with studios, one bedrooms and two bedrooms at prices up to $3,004, $3,979 and $5,451 respectively
Bay Ridge: March’s least expensive studios and one bedrooms are in Bay Ridge, at $1,291 and $1,606 respectively
Average studio pricing: $2,139, down from $2,166 in February 2015
Average one-bedroom pricing: $2,608, up from $2,570 in February 2015
Average two-bedroom pricing: $3,386, up from $3,367 in February 2015
In Dumbo for March 2015, studios were $3,004 (vs $3,035 in February 2015), one bedrooms $3,979 (vs $4,141 in February 2015), and two bedrooms $5,451 (vs $5,795 in February 2015). Here are the Dumbo price trends over 13 months for studios, one bedrooms, and two bedrooms: