01/30/14 5:45pm


From The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce:

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has extended the deadline for applications to this year’s BKLYN DESIGNS, New York’s premier exhibition of contemporary furnishings and home accessories designed and/or manufactured in Brooklyn.

BKLYN DESIGNS 2014 will return on May 9-11 at St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO. The new deadline for exhibitors is Monday, February 10.

This internationally renowned juried exhibition features a dynamic collection of designs from the most innovative Brooklyn-based furnishing designers and manufacturers.

Over the past decade, BKLYN DESIGNS has grown to be one of the biggest design shows in the country, featuring scores of exhibitors. Each year, BKLYN DESIGNS raises the bar for avant-garde, iconic Brooklyn designs, exceeding the expectations of both participants and viewers alike.

Once again, BKLYN DESIGNS promises to be more inspiring and hotter than ever. Thousands of visitors are expected to descend on DUMBO over the three-day show to take in the dynamic collection of designs, including the latest contemporary furniture, lighting, carpet and flooring, wall coverings, tabletop/outdoor furniture, and accessories coming out of Brooklyn.

If you are interested in participating, you can download the application now at www.BklynDesigns.com.

01/23/14 2:17pm


Daniel Hale Williams School (PS 307) is a community school committed to academic & personal excellence for ALL Students is holding open house sessions on the following dates.

  • Thurs. Jan. 23, 9:00-10:30am
  • Thurs. Jan. 23, 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Tues. Feb. 4, 9:00-10:30am
  • Tues. Feb. 4, 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 8, 11:00am -12:00pm

PS307 is a PreK to 5th grade school offering:

  • Common Core Curriculum
  • Interdisciplinary STEM Projects
  • S – Science
  • T – Technology
  • E – Engineering
  • M – Math
  • ASD Horizon Classes (Autism Spectrum Disorder Program)
  • Online Learning Courses
  • Foreign Language Program
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Music, Visual & Theater Arts
  • Technology Lab
  • Nutrition Education Program
  • Award Winning Cheer Squad
  • Athletics For All
  • Parent Activities & Community Partnerships
  • School Based Health Center & Dental Clinic
  • And Afterschool Programs

P.S. 307 (ps307.com)
209 York Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201

01/17/14 11:11am


Rentenna, the apartment finding website that helps you find rental apartments by way of a score, published their winter 2014 Brooklyn Apartment Rental Prices Heatmap. Dumbo is listed as the most expensive neighborhood in Brooklyn, followed by Williamsburg and Brooklyn Heights.

Median rent in Dumbo for one bedrooms are $3,650 and two bedrooms for $5,000.
Brooklyn Heights one and two bedrooms are $3,100 and $4,350.
Williamsburg one and two bedrooms are $3,195 and $4,050.

No surprises there and Rentenna lists the average neighborhood pricing per neighborhood and displays in a heatmap the overall trends block-by-block in pricing from the past 30 days. (Red = Increase, Green= Decrease and where to find the hidden deals, Blue= Rents fall in line with median rent). Check out the full Brooklyn Apartment Rental Prices Heatmap.

01/07/14 2:19pm


aptsandlofts.com, a full service real estate brokerage, released its first ever ten year sales study for the Brooklyn market. Reading over the study confirms that prices have gone up by a lot in certain Brooklyn neighborhoods. However, this study shows the numbers over the past decade in the following eight neighborhoods in the borough: Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Williamsburg, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Park Slope.

A few findings include:

  • The average condo price in Williamsburg in 2003 was valued at $331,000, while in 2013 the projected average condo price in Williamsburg is valued at $827,000, a nearly 150% increase.
  • From 2005 until 2012, Park Slope averaged about 500 condo and co-op sales per year.
  • Bed-Stuy saw a significant increase in condo sales over the last ten years, rising from 12 in 2003 to a projected 132 sales in 2013.
  • The Brooklyn Heights townhouse market exhibited an impressive gain over the past decade, rising from an average sale price of $1,926,000 to $4,860,000; a gain of 152%.

For the Dumbo market, some key highlights:

  • The average condo price in Dumbo in 2003 was $908k (avg $ per square foot was $588), while in 2013 the projected average condo price is valued at $1.145M, a 26% increase.
  • The number of condo sales in Dumbo peaked at 400 in 2007 and dropped to 32 in 2009.
  • The projected average price per square foot of $872/square feet is an increase in value of 48% compared to 10 years ago of $588/sqft
  • 70 Washington Street sold 213 units between 2003 and 2013, the most of any building in Dumbo.
  • The highest condo price per square feet sold was at 1 Main Street PH at $3,358 in 2006.

The see the Dumbo report, click more. To read the full study, go to aptsandlofts.com/news-and-press/sales-market-report-aptsandloftscoms-take-on-ten-years-of-brooklyn-real-estate


01/07/14 1:33pm


Leaf Medical, a primary care center in Dumbo is a contributor for health relatic topics. Dr. Stephanie Shaps, a pediatrician at Leaf Medical writes a post about a vaccine most children should get during winter that most parents don’t know about.

“As a new pediatrician in the neighborhood I thought I would introduce myself by reaching out to parents on this site by writing a few words, a short blog one might say. I am a practicing pediatrician and mom of two young kids myself (ages 5 and 2yrs), so I am right in the parenting trenches with you! I am so excited to now be practicing in the great neighborhood of DUMBO and look forward to hopefully meeting you at our office, Leaf Medical, soon!

As I have been meeting with many expectant parents, I thought I could provide a little information on an important intervention you can do now to help protect your new baby – making sure you receive your Tdap vaccine!”

Click more for the full post about Tdap.