Community Board 2 is hosting a public workshop on the “Brooklyn Strand”, the working name for 21 acres of underutilized and under-programmed parks and plazas that begins at the Brooklyn Bridge and extends through the center of Downtown Brooklyn to Brooklyn Borough Hall (or vice versa). The Brooklyn Strand includes Cadman Plaza, Walt Whitman Park, the Korean Veterans Plaza, Columbus Park, and various vacant municipal lots and lawns.
As part of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle strategic plan, which was unveiled in June 2013, these spaces have the potential to serve as a connecting point between two borough-wide destinations (Brooklyn Bridge Park and Downtown Brooklyn) and many neighborhoods (Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn, etc.).
The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, in conjunction with the Mayor’s office, Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC Parks, and City Planning have engaged the urban architecture firm WXY Studio to solicit feedback from the public to understand the current uses, wishes, and opportunities for the open spaces along the Brooklyn Strand. From their work with the stakeholders, WXY will create an action plan for the open space, with the goal of submitting a conceptual plan to the Public Design Commission in 2015.
On Sunday, November 16, 2014, ÆRA DANCE Foundation” — a NYC-based aerial dance company will present ‘The Fleeting’ at Galapagos Art Space from 8-10pm. The Fleeting is a showcase of 8 NYC choreographers in an exciting collaboration of aerial and grounded dance performance.
Capoeira, ballet, modern, and contemporary movement share the stage with aerial choreography on apparatuses including silks, hoop, and pole. Praised by audiences as innovative and inspiring, ÆRA’s performances forge a new genre of acrobatic and dance movement.
A campaign from NYC & Company, the marketing and tourism division of NYC, is promoting local destinations, called See Your City. The ads highlight sections of all five boroughs appealing to local residents. Ten neighborhoods are featured, two in each borough:
The slideshow for Dumbo describes the neighborhood as having “spectacular waterfront access, thriving art scene and an architectural grandeur that’s at once raw and charming”. Must see places in Dumbo include the following:
MNS, the Brooklyn real estate firm published their October 2014 Brooklyn Rental Market Report today (along with their Manhattan Rental Market Report). Andrew Barrocas, CEO of MNS, notes that rent prices in Brooklyn decreased by approximately 0.33% from $2,703 in September 2014 to $2,694 in October 2014. Rent prices decreased 0.2% from $2,698 to $2,694 compared to October 2013. Listing inventory decreased 6% compared to September 2014 from 2,527 units to 2,379 units.
The report reveals that in Brooklyn, the market appears to have slowed down slightly compared to September 2014. The largest percentage increases in rent prices (among material sample sizes) were
seen in studios in Bedford-Stuyvesant and two bedroom units in Dumbo. The largest percentage decreases were seen in studio units in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Brooklyn Heights. The largest annual upward and downward shifts in rent prices (among material sample sizes) were seen in Bay Ridge and Williamsburg respectively. Rents increased 9.3% in Bay Ridge compared to October 2013 from $1,615 to $1,766. Rents decreased by 9.5% in Williamsburg from $3,497 to $3,167.
Avg. Studios: $2,157 (Greatest change since September: +13.19%/+$207 in Bushwick studios)
Avg. One-bedrooms: $2,580 (Greatest change since September: +6.48%/+$103 in PLG one bedrooms)
Avg. Two-bedrooms: $3,345 (Greatest change since September: -7.37%/-$339 in Brooklyn Heights two bedrooms)
Some other highlights of the report include the following:
Rent prices in Brooklyn decreased by approximately 0.33% from $2,703 in September 2014 to $2,694 in October 2014
Rent prices decreased 0.2% from $2,698 to $2,694 compared to October 2013
Listing inventory decreased 6% compared to September 2014 from 2,527 units to 2,379 units
The largest percentage increases in rent prices since September 2014
Studios in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Two Bedroom units in Dumbo, are up 10.66% and 6.50% respectively
The largest percentage decreases in rent prices since September 2014
Studios in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Brooklyn Heights are down 9.69% and 9.07% respectively
Largest annual upward and downward shift in rent prices
Bay Ridge rents are up 9.3% compared to October 2013, from $1,615 to $1,766
Williamsburg rents decreased by 9.5% from $3,497 to $3,167
One notable trend this month is Bushwick’s 4.29% increase in average rents
Due to a low sample size, this neighborhood’s 13.19% rise in Studio prices distorts the overall average rent
Overall rental prices in Fort Greene increased the most out of all Brooklyn neighborhoods, rising 4.07% from September 2014, while also rising by 5% from last year.
Brooklyn Heights saw a decline in all unit types in monthly average rents, leading to the greatest decrease among Brooklyn neighborhoods of 6.11%
Average studio pricing: $2,157, down from $2,187 in September 2014
Average one-bedroom pricing: $2,580, down from $2,586 in September 2014
Average two-bedroom pricing: $3,345, up from $3,335 in September 2014
In Dumbo, yearly overall average rents increased 4.6% from October 2013 to October 2014 due to a surge in Studio prices of 15.77%. In Dumbo for October 2014, studios were $3,641 (vs $3,777 in September 2014), one bedrooms $3,822 (vs $3,879 in September 2014), and two bedrooms $5,974 (vs $5,609 in September 2014). Here are the Dumbo price trends over 13 months for studios, one bedrooms, and two bedrooms:
If you’re looking for an event space for the holidays, Vinegar Hill House is accommodating parties for the holidays from 20-60 people (also ask about corporate parties, wedding events, birthdays, and baby showers). Contact them directly at 718-522-1018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, next door sister restaurant Hillside offers nacho pop-up events on Sundays (1pm-8pm) and Mondays (8p-11p) during football season with El Gato Nacho (a Smorgasburg regular).
They show pre-selected games on a projector with food (nacho’s: plain, veggie, beef and HAIL MARY; for 3 people w/everything) and beer & wine.
Vinegar Hill House
72 Hudson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201
70 Hudson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (between Water and Front St in Vinegar Hill)
How often do you get to walk into Brooklyn Museum and walk out with some of the art? Well, on November 22 and 23, you’ll get your chance. The American Fine Craft Show Brooklyn will be returning to Brooklyn Museum, just in time for you to get an early start on holiday shopping. And if you enter our contest, you may even win a piece of art valued at $900!
Enter our contest below for a chance to win a hand-blown vase by acclaimed glass artist Douglas Merritt valued at $900; a personalized, custom-crafted puzzle box, based on your initial or your portrait, from founder Richard Rothbard himself; or one of 50 pairs of free tickets to the show.