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:
Baxter & Liebchen is having a moving sale through May 31, 2015. The Danish vintage furniture store at 33 Jay Street has been in the current warehouse location since 2005 and will be moving out of the space. Their new location is not yet announced. Check out their furniture for up to 80% off.
Once upon a time, when Dumbo was pre-gentrified, by parking your car overnight on remote streets, car break-ins and window smashing was in front of mind. That was before Squarehead was caught. It’s been a while since we received reports about broken car windows, but we’ve received three emails in the past week. Three emails does not define a trend, but worth noting here. One resident says:
I’m hoping you can post something about this and get community feedback. yesterday i noticed a Audi on Water st with a broken window. Today, this afternoon, out walking and saw a Volvo on Little St and 3 cars on Gold btw John and Plymouth with broken windows. Called 311…transferred me to 911, who said they can’t do anything, back to 311…who then said to call the precinct. I just called the 84th and the operator said there is nothing for them to do, unless i’m the car owner. Seems odd that they would not want to check out the cars and perhaps notify the owners, or do some drive bys to see if the perp is still active. Basically, they said there is nothing they can do…I can’t believe that since if I saw people breaking into someone’s house, you mean they wouldn’t do anything?
Hoping we don’t have this daily rash of broken windows again now that spring is here. Looks like the police don’t care.
We’re not going to need a NYPD Sky Watch, but anyone else notice car break-ins?