Fall is one of Brooklyn’s best seasons. The trees lining our streets and parks are dressed in their glorious autumnal finery, the temperature drops enough that we can finally wear our nice sweaters and jackets, and the smell of wood burning isn’t limited to artisanal pizzerias. In the neighborhoods of Clinton Hill and Fort Greene, fall means beautiful sights in Fort Greene Park, fun Halloween events, and going down Myrtle Avenue with a pumpkin latte to keep your hands warm.
It’s in this area that you can find Navy Green, a brand-new block of townhomes and market-rate condos. To really appreciate this vibrant part of Brooklyn that could become your new neighborhood, here are five things to do this autumn in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.
Show Clinton Hill You Scare
On the front lawn of 313 Clinton Street, this elaborate live show Halloween 313 has been entertaining thousands of visitors every October 31 since 1994. Past years’ themes have included “Pirates of the Scaribbean,” “Carnival of Carnage,” and “ApoCALYPSO,” and this year’s is “Malice in Underland.” The talented cast and crew, led by “Halloween lady” Janna Kennedy, create this spooky spectacle “for the love of their community and the Halloween spirit.”
As in past years, there are several planned activities during the Halloween weekend in Dumbo. The DUMBO Improvement District has organized the March to the Arch parade (with Dumbo’s Great Small Works leading the march with puppets), a kids party under the Archway (with hot chocolate provided by Brooklyn Roasting), pet costume event, and a Halloween costume ball. Look for other fun things like a photobooth (sponsored by Dumbo’s own Brooklyn Central), storytime, hands-on arts with Creatively WILD Art Studio, and beer, wine, and bites at the Archway Lighthouse.
Storefront trick or treating, with 40+ businesses participating is from 4-7pm, October 31, 2015.
MNS, the Brooklyn real estate firm published their September 2015 Brooklyn Rental Market Report last week (along with their Manhattan Rental Market Report). The report notes that average rents across Brooklyn decreased by 0.18% from $2,748.87 in August 2015 to $2,743.83 in September 2015. Over the past 12 months, Brooklyn rents are up 1.53%, from $2,702.59 in September 2014 to $2,743.83 in September 2015.
The largest percentage increase in average prices was seen in one bedroom units in Prospect Lefferts Garden, which grew by 6.84%, due to a relatively higher priced unit at 393 Lefferts Ave entering the market, coupled with a sample size under 10 units. Greenpoint Studios saw the highest decline of 8.91% since the previous month, caused by the sample reacting to a higher priced loft apartment at 738 Leonard St leaving the market.
Williamsburg and DUMBO saw the largest annual upward and downward shifts in rent prices. Williamsburg average rent grew immensely by 10.7%, from the average rent of $3,204 in September 2014 to $2,547 in September 2015. DUMBO experienced a decline in average rent of 3.77%, from $4,422.00 in September 2014 to $4,255 in September 2015. (more…)
Big news on the homefront: condo units are now available at Navy Green, a new village of condos and townhomes in the historic neighborhood near the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Located at 8 Vanderbilt Avenue, Navy Green offers 24 market-rate condos on floors 8 through 12, all one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes. Each features open, modern layouts and large windows, filling each unit with natural light. There is five-inch plank, white oak flooring throughout, Kitchen Aid and Bosch kitchen appliances, and Grohe fittings in the baths. (more…)