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THE RETURN OF MAJOR LEAGUE
Barclays Center Ushers in a New Era of Borough Pride
The new schools of an education on the rise
Our guide to the best cultural events of Spring
The second borough no more: updates on the real estate market
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IN OUR SPRING 2012 ISSUE OF BROOKLYN LIVING we address a variety of topics that are all the buzz these days. We start with Michael Ewing’s piece (pages 4-6) that investigates the construction and potential impact of the soon-to-open Barclays Center. Then, Brooklyn resident and culture/art critic, Je rey Kopie, explores the growing list of culinary joints expanding from Manhattan to Brooklyn on pages 8-10. Next, our New York City school guru, Danielle Mowry, writes about a series of new and innovative schools popping up all over Brooklyn. On pages 12-14 you can read exactly how the borough’s education is evolving. Our spread across pages 12-17, presents Brooklyn Living’s calendar of cultural and leisure events that are sure to keep you entertained this spring. Lastly, we spoke with our realty experts and learned how Brooklyn is no longer a second choice for many city dwellers. Find out why Brooklyn is leading the New York real estate market on pages 19-22. With all the transformations happening, there has never been a better time to be in Brooklyn. We hope our issue gives you new inspiration to discover the many treasures that the city o ers! Benjamin-Émile Le Hay
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BARCLAYS CENTER: REDEFINING ARENAFICATION Deciphering all the noise surrounding Brooklyn’s ﬁrst worldclass sporting and area-entertainment complex. CROSSING THE BRIDGE: GOURMET GRUB TRANSPLANTS FROM MANHATTAN TO BROOKLYN Je rey Kopie examines which foodie spots have crossed the East River and why a few haven’t left Brooklyn at all! BROOKLYN EDUCATION Be it the Brooklyn Prospect Charter or Millennium Brooklyn High School—a handful of new schools are progressing the borough’s education o erings. Danielle Mowry explains how. From museums to festivals and ﬁlm viewings, we tell you what events not to miss.
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Our real estate report on what’s trending in New York’s hottest market.
The New Schools of an Education on the Rise
Our Guide to the Best Cultural Events of Spring
The Second Borough No More: Updates On the Real Estate Market
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What developers envision: Barclays Center, the future home of the New Jersey (soon to be Brooklyn) Nets, looking south onto Atlantic Avenue.
Mega-project brings back professional sports with promises of business, but is traffic befitting the once Borough of Trees? | By Michael Ewing
opers considered the Atlantic Yards to be a prime location for a new sporting arena in New York. The early stages of development were plagued with legal and financial hurdles, but a few key court cases have set the project back onto the right path. Bruce Ratner, founder and president of Forest City Ratner Companies, an affiliate of the Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises, is leading the development of the Atlantic Yards under two subsidiaries: Atlantic Yards LLC THE ATLANTIC YARDS is a 22-acre patch of land nestled between low-rise brownstones and commercial businesses in Prospect Heights, adjacent to Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene. After a tumultuous, yet successful decade, the $4.9 billion mega-project is slated to open its doors this upcoming fall. If all goes as planned, the facility will bring plenty of big business to downtown Brooklyn. Dating back to the early 2000s, devel4 Brooklyn Living SPRING 2012
and Brooklyn Arena LLC. Bordered by Flatbush and 4th Avenues to the west, Vanderbilt Avenue to the east, Atlantic Avenue to the north and Pacific Street to the south, the 22 acres will include: six million square feet of residential space, a 247,000 square foot state-of-the-art entertainment center known as the Barclays Center, 300,000 square feet of office space and upwards of eight acres of public space. The mega-project is split in two phases. The first includes
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the arena and five other buildings, with a loose clause permitting an additional building and hotel. The second phrase will include eleven residential buildings and eight acres of open space and neighborhood retail. While work began in early 2007, the formal groundbreaking for the Atlantic Yards was on March 11, 2010 with an expected completion date of September 2012. Mr. Ratner brought in three prominent architects and firms to head the design. Frank Gehry, world-renown architect whose recent work includes the seventy-six story residential building, 8 Spruce Street, in lower Manhattan, to be charged with the master plan. New York-based SHoP Architects, whose work stretches across the globe, will be responsible for the iconic arena façade and interior architecture. Ellerbe Becket, an AECOM company whose work includes dozens of arena and stadium projects, will be working on the arena architecture. Mr. Ratner’s group’s purchase of the National Basketball Association’s New Jersey Nets has been a focal point of the project. The group—which includes Brooklyn-native and rapper Jay-Z—pooled together $300 million to purchase the team and plan to move the team back to New York. Last fall, the New Jersey Nets announced that the 18,000-seat Barclays Center in Prospect Heights will be its new
‘The Brooklyn community will have an 18,000-seat worldclass sports and entertainment facility in their backyard which we expect to have a significant positive economic impact on local businesses.’
home for the 2013 season and that its name will change to the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets move and the construction of the project will provide economic development to the area. During phase one alone, Forest City Ratner has spent over one billion dollars on the project. “The surrounding community is in need of jobs, affordable housing and economic opportunity, all of which are goals Empire State Development [ESD] is working to achieve through the completion of this project,” Austin Shafran, Vice President of Public Affairs of Empire State Development,
commented. “When the arena opens this fall the Brooklyn community will have an 18,000-seat world-class sports and entertainment facility in their backyard which we expect to have a significant positive economic impact on local businesses. Once the full project is completed, ESD estimates that 17,000 Pulunion construction job years and up to 8,000 permanent jobs will have been created over the life of the project.” But optimisim aside, community residents have criticized the Atlantic Yards project for causing a potential increase in vehicle traffic in the neighborhood. “We are developing the Traffic Mitigation Plan and will be presenting that to the Borough Task Force in May,” Joe DePlasco, spokesman for Forest City Ratner Companies, said with regards to traffic concerns, a responsibility charged to Sam Shwartz. Mr. Shafran referred to a transportation progress report created by Sam Schwartz Engineering, which includes the planned efforts for discouraging driving and increasing transit usage. The report cited the New York Mets as an example in which transit share increased from 24% to 46% in its plan to reduce parking during construction, introduce super express 7 trains after games and events and increased LIRR service changes. The Atlantic Yards project plans to increase accessibility to public transit and
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will provide infrastructural upgrades to the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and Long Island Rail Road (LRRR) stations, providing transit connections to the Atlantic Avenue station. The arena will be within distance of twelve subway lines (2, 3, 4, 5, M, N, R, Q, B, D, C, and G), eleven bus lines and the LIRR. Still, many local business and residences speculate, regarding the impact of the stadium of their quality of life. Naturally, traffic concerns worry some, but many businesses
17,000 seats and welcoming new audiences. The chance to make a cultural statementlarge and small- in this footprint is absolutely unique,” said Karen Brooks Hopkins, president of BAM. “Bruce Ratner was our board chairman for 10 years so we have always had a good relationship. Bruce really wants the arena to have a special identity that defines it a way that is different than other spaces of its kind.” Specific programs will not be launched until next
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Manhattan expats find new digs in borough across the bridge
By Jeffrey Kopie
A MOVEABLE FEAST
MOTIVATED BY LOWER real estate prices, less competition and an often sincere desire to be a part of a community, Brooklyn has seen a marked increase in restaurateurs arriving from across the East River. But let’s not jump on the continual (and really quite tedious) hype about Brooklyn’s supposed arrival, or resurgence or renaissance or whatever it’s called this week. Despite the fears of longtime residents, the desires of some real estate developers and the frantic boosterism of Borough President Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn is not becoming Manhattan. For one thing, the fusty, formal pampering of Upper East Side establishments would never fly here, so the odds of a Brooklyn Le Bernardin or Daniel are rather slim. While there are no celebrity chefs in residence in Brooklyn (although César Ramirez of the Michelin three-star Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare has certainly garnered the reputation to become one), most of the notable restaurants here are either owned or staffed by people who have worked for celebrity chefs. References to Bouley, Boulud and Vongerichten abound on the resumes of Brooklyn’s restaurateurs. The growth of the Brooklyn dining scene follows naturally from the influx of 30-, 40- and 50-somethings who’ve made the exodus across the river in the past two decades, seeking a lower cost of living, decompression from the intensity of Manhattan, and perhaps a bigger view of the sky. Young families and writers took root in Park Slope, and artists streamed into what was then a dangerous and raw Williamsburg. The last few years has seen an explosion of new, architecturally dubious apartment structures along the Williamsburg waterfront and bordering McCarren Park, as well as in downtown Brooklyn, Fort Greene and the Fourth Avenue corridor on the fringes of Park Slope. After the artists come the developers; after the developers come the affluent mouths needing to be fed. While the majority of Manhattan transfers have settled in Williamsburg and have occurred in the past year, the first one of note arrived way back in 2001, when the brothers Bromberg opened Blue Ribbon Brooklyn in Park Slope. Using an approach similar to that used when they opened their initial location in Soho, Blue Ribbon opened in
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a gentrified neighborhood already populated by a handful of notable restaurants. It worked in Manhattan and it worked in Brooklyn. Now, all of the Manhattan transfers are from downtown and nearly exclusively from the East Village and Lower East Side. The Filipino/Thai chef King Phojanakong, who opened Kuma Inn on the lower East Side in 2003, expanded in 2009 with umiNom on Dekalb Avenue, straddling the border of Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy. Located one-half block east of Pratt, he serves PanAsian small plates in a former laundromat; it’s a lovely space on a cheerless block. The majority of Manhattan purveyors have landed in Williamsburg, the Brooklyn neighborhood which feels in many ways like a natural extension of the East Village and the Lower East Side, only with more aluminum and vinyl siding. A string of big downtown dining names descended in quick succession:Momofuko Milk Bar moved their baking operation to Williamsburg in 2010, and opened to the public in June of 2011. Stanton Street’s wildly popular Meatball Shop, co-owned by chef Daniel Holzman and general manager Michael Chernow, followed on Bedford Street in July of 2011. Jason Denton, the force behind ‘ino and ‘inoteca, opened Betto on North 8th Street, with a menu emphasizing roasted meats also opened the July of 2011. Taavo Somer of Freeman’s and Peel’s fame came next with the ambitious Isa in September. The East Village’s Mama’s Food Shop started serving its comfort food on South 4th in November, and the cheap and fast but
Meatball Shop co-owners Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow and left, the restaurant without its typically big crowds.
quite good Vanessa’s Dumpling House followed in December on Bedford. These transplants will face competition from other expansive restaurateurs who began their businesses in Brooklyn, and so may have a leg up. Andrew Tarlow’s mini-empire started back in 1999 with Diner, located just down the street from Peter Luger. He added Marlow and Sons next door in 2002, and has since moved south to Fort Greene to open the Italian Roman’s in 2009. Dylan Dodd and Danny Minch, the owners of Walter Foods, which features an updated take on classic American cooking, have also made the Williamsburg to Fort Greene expansion; they opened a second location on Dekalb Avenue across from Fort Greene Park in late 2011. Bucking this Manhattan to Brooklyn trend, and swimming against this eastward tide are the Franks Falcinelli and Castronovo, owners of Carroll Gardens’ acclaimed Frankies Spuntino. After opening their Italian restaurant in 2004, they followed with the Germanbased Prime Meats in 2009, also in Carroll Gardens, then moved west, opening a Frankies on Clinton Street in the Lower East Side in 2009, and another on Hudson in the West Village in 2011. Is this a sign that it’s Brooklyn’s time to set
The majority of Manhattan purveyors have landed in Williamsburg, the Brooklyn neighborhood which feels in many ways like a natural extension of the East Village and the Lower East Side, only with more aluminum and vinyl siding.
the eating trends in New York’s near future? There is an ever-growing number of artisanal food makers based in the borough— the picklers, chocolatiers, coffee roasters, cheesemakers, granola-ists, beef-jerkyists, et al. With an emphasis on the slow food movement and locally sourced ingredients firmly ensconced, it’s certain that Brooklyn will remain relevant. And who knows? Perhaps the hype is correct, and we’ll soon be dining in charming seafood restaurants overlooking the Gowanus Canal.
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THE SCHOOL KIDS
Brooklyn families welcome new scholastic scene
By Danielle Mowry
WHEN LISTING THE PERKS of living in Brooklyn, parents will tell you schools often top the list. From public to private, Brooklyn Tech to Brooklyn Friends, St. Ann’s, St. Saviour’s and all the PS schools in between, Brooklyn offers a wealth of choice. Some new highlights to the Brooklyn scholastic scene: This leaves her well positioned to implement the International Baccalaureate system here along with offering Regents diplomas. Brooklyn Prospect Charter accepts students from all over District 15 via lottery. Plans are for the high school to eventually have its own location, but for Fall 2012, the school will co-exist with its middle school at Bishop Ford.
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Enthusiastic parents of both MS 447 in Brooklyn and Millennium High School in Manhattan have reason to celebrate the creation of Millennium Brooklyn. Sharing the massive John Jay High School building in the heart of Park Slope with several other schools, former MS 447 principal Lisa Gioe leads the project-based academics. She is striving to create an environment that is also known for inclusiveness. Given her awardwinning track record of developing and implementing a highly regarded Middle School ASD Nest program, and the school’s close affiliation with Millennium in Manhattan, the high school has a good shot at surpassing expectations. Gearing up for year two, admission to Millennium Brooklyn is screened and includes an interview process. As one parent put it, “MS 447 does inclusion in a way that really, really works for everyone. It’s amazing to think that Lisa can take that experience to the high school level.”
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A new high school that was just announced in time for Round 2 of this year’s high school process, Brooklyn Institute will bring a limited screened high school to the Lefferts Garden area. Uniforms will be a must, academics rigorous and, as part of the cities iZone program, some courses will be offered online.
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A highly successful middle school that launched just three years ago and is still anxiously awaiting its permanent home on Douglas Street, near Thomas Greene park, Brooklyn Prospect is entering into high school territory starting with 9th grade in Fall 2012. The high school’s new principal, Kim Raccio, was the assistant head of a school in England where many US ex-pats kids go.
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On the education horizon
NOT ONLY IS BROOKLYN KNOWN for excellence in education, it’s also praised for innovations. Perhaps it’s the sheer size of the borough that fosters a willingness
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to start new ventures; or the eclectic mix of students that encourages a range of approaches. Here are two such examples, with each serving a distinct need.
This fall marks the second year in dedicated space (and third year for the school) for MMFS, a Quaker school for children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Kirk Smothers, a former Upper School Director from The Calhoun School, has been shaping the high school’s direction from the start. The school transformed a longempty Catholic school on Sidney Place in Brooklyn Heights into a light, airy space ﬁlled with energetic thinkers and an equally engaged sta .
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As any trek through Williamsburg, Carroll Gardens or Fort Greene conﬁrms – kids grow in Brooklyn! Everyone agrees, but how to address the immediate need for more early ed schools is a bit more controversial. A mix of both charter and public schools are opening throughout the child-booming borough, most starting with K-1 classes this fall.
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New York native Marianne Rossant ‘s education career has since included public schools, private schools, instructional support, teaching English abroad and administration. But commenting on her newest adventure, Urban Dove Team Charter School, “I’ve worked all my life to get to this point. I am really, really excited.”
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Partnered with Urban Dove, a sportsbased youth development non-proﬁt, this high school is a unique concept that fully integrates support, sports and mentoring with an extended day of classroom instruction. “There is no other charter or transfer school with this model. The whole sports, nutrition and ﬁtness component is designed to shake the kids up a little, make them feel a part of a team,” commented Ms. Rossant. Meant to reach that elusive group of kids who are on the brink of giving up on education, Urban Dove Team Charter is looking to create an environment of intense encouragement and to challenge their potential while they are still young “and can graduate when they are supposed to – another motivating factor.” With small groups and a team approach, the curriculum will o er workshops, group learning, and technology as a support tool with lots of interface with peers. This is intended to “develop a language of criticism, critique and presentation, all skills that you need in real life.” Ms. Rossant adds, “Community support is more than welcome, it’s necessary. These kids are the most disenfranchised. We want people to be aware of what can be done to help.”
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Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts has a unique spring and summer line-up, beginning in April with The Moscow Festival Ballet’s performance of Giselle, an 1841 Parisian ballet about love overcoming death in a quaint forest populated by fairies and ghosts. Other summer performances range from orchestra and big band ensembles to an International Electroacoustic Music Festival.
Having already opened its massive Keith Haring retrospective, the Brooklyn Museum will kick off the its social season with a celebration of the 5th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on April 18. The
inaugural awards, presented this year by Gloria Steinem, and Sackler herself, will honor a legendary lineup of female pioneers: Sandra Day O’Connor, Toni Morrison, Connie Chung, Johnnetta B. Cole, Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, Sandy Lerner, Lucy R. Lippard, Linda Nochlin, Jessye Norman, Marin Alsop, Judith Rodin, Muriel Siebert, Susan Stroman, Faye Wattleton, and chief Wilma Pearl Mankiller.
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.
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The exterior of BAM at night.
The National. Attendees can wander through the Brooklyn halls of BAM to experience a diverse line-up of music, Historical Society from Beirut to The The Brooklyn Antlers to The Historical Society Brooklyn Youth is in the midst Chorus. BAM of Inventing also has the Brooklyn, R&B Festival an eclectic lined up for series of films, midsummer, talks, and which features artwork exploring new talent in Brooklyn’s cultural R&B and World Dr. John history, including will be one of the and will be held a photographic headliners outdoors in the at the R&B Festival. exhibit on sun at Metrotech. Coney Island www.bam.org and the opening dance www.crossingbrooklynferry. presentation of a six-week com festival called Brooklyn Woman in Traditional MAY 19 Performance. If you’re feeling scholarly, the Prospect Park society also offers tours Festivals of historic Brooklyn neighborhoods throughout Prospect Park has tons the summer, such as the to offer this summer, Immigrant Foodways tour and the African-American Heritage tour.
beginning with the Googamooga Festival in May, a completely free bonanza of food, drinking and music that managed to crash Eventbrite in its first round of ticket registration. The Celebrate Brooklyn! series kicks off in early June with a gala and concert by Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. The series will host free concerts all summer, featuring acts like Dirty Projectors, Hot Chip, and English folk singer Laura Marling.
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Coney Island will kick off summer with its annual dose of nylon flippers, colorful wigs, and partial nudity at the 30th Anniversary of the Mermaid Parade. Details on an after party have yet to be released, but last year’s was held at the New York Aquarium, with performances by both world renowned burlesque dancers and sea lions. With September comes the Coney Island Film Festival, which has specific categories for everything from silent films to animation to music videos.
Movies with a View
Movies with a View is in its 13th Season. Watching New York-themed films with the glittering Manhattan skyline as a background continues to be fun. This year’s films have yet to be announced but they’ve usually been classics to be enjoyed on the lawn of the park, each accompanied by a related short film and a performance by a DJ.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
In early May, BAM will hold Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, a three-day festival of music and short films curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of Brooklyn-based band
The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens .
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“[It’s] a historic landmarked building located on a quiet, deadend street in a very intimate corner of Brooklyn Heights. However, it’s also steps away from great shopping on Montague Street, and close to many modes of transportation,” said Laurie Zucker about
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THESE DAYS MANY REALTORS are noticing that for many luxury buyers and renters, Brooklyn has evolved into a borough of choice rather than a second rate alternative. With abundant green spaces, innovative top-notch restaurants, cultural diversity, a full-on social scene, fantastic shopping and world-class entertainment, Brooklyn offers plenty to do and see. Many flock to Brooklyn to capitalize on more spacious apartments and townhouses. Families find Brooklyn attractive for its community atmosphere and strong schools. The reasons
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that buyers and renters choose Brooklyn vary greatly, but the majority seem to hint at an improved overall quality of life. “The renovation boom of the 60’s and 70’s began in Brooklyn. Shelter magazines like ‘Old House Journal’ were born as a result of Brownstone owners seeking to share their renovation experience with others. Whether it is the draw of the Ocean in and around Coney Island and Brighton or the proximity to Manhattan for people living in Brooklyn Heights or DUMBO Brooklyn is a destination for many. As Brooklyn has be-
come more popular, the price for Brooklyn real estate has risen,” explained Michael Guerra, a long-time Brooklyn resident and Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Brooklyn. MNS, an official alliance of The Developers Group and The Real Estate Group of New York, reported after the final quarter of 2011 that Brooklyn’s year over year median sales price was up 15%. Brooklyn Heights’ median sale price was up to $890K from $738,000 and Williamsburg popular highSPRING 2012 Brooklyn Living 19
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Jacqueline Urgo, President of The Marketing Directors, Inc., 75 CLINTON STREET’s exclusive marketing and leasing agent, commented: “We’re seeing a lot of interest from people who are leaving the crowdedness of Manhattan behind for what is a quieter, more peaceful environment in Brooklyn Heights —yet is only five minutes away.”
rise, Edge, had the highest price per square foot closing at $1,142/sq.-ft. “We have been heartened to see the 2012 late winter-early spring market be extremely robust across all prices and property types (condos, coops and townhouses),” elaborated Mr. Guerra. According to MNS, Brooklyn rental rates seem to be down slightly on average at the end of February 2012, but market leader DUMBO still commands an average price of $4,964 per month for a two-bedroom. For renters and buyers seeking hidden gems for less, they just might score big in neighborhoods such as Bushwick, Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Clinton Hill, Red Hook and Crown Heights. Areas like Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Prospect Heights and Park Slope, which were once considered hotspots for having it all at lower costs, have changed significantly. “Williamsburg and Greenpoint are ever growing neighborhoods with limited inventory. This is resulting in properly priced properties flying off the shelves … I find with rental rates as high as parts of Manhattan, and real estate prices rising, the [some people] are being
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displaced,” said David Kazemi at BOND New York, a Brooklyn-focused broker. The demographic of people settling on Brooklyn has evolved beyond starving artists and bohemian families. Jacqueline Urgo, President of The Marketing Directors, Inc., 75 Clinton’s exclusive marketing and leasing agent, commented: “We’re seeing a lot of interest from people who are leaving the crowdedness of Manhattan behind for what is a quieter, more peaceful environment in Brooklyn Heights —yet is only five minutes away.” Steven M. Rutter, Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Stribling Marketing Associates, who represents 20 Henry Street said, “The demand for sales is very strong… More than 50% of the apartments in contract are buyers from Manhattan.” ONE ELEMENT OF BROOKLYN’S DNA that pulls in many renters and buyers is the diverse neighborhoods and intermingled
cultures. “Brooklyn has also benefited from and been transformed by wave after wave of immigrants over the past few decades. Each wave of immigration results in new residents carving out homes in areas that are attractive to them. In addition to the influx of new neighbors, immigrants also add to the fabric of Brooklyn by starting new businesses and introducing new things,” Mr. Guerra highlighted. This is a characteristic of the borough that is sure to continue. It’s no secret that the spatial confines of Brooklyn beat most areas of Manhattan. Whether a buyer or renter is looking in Williamsburg or Prospect Heights, many will discover their dollar goes farther in getting them more square footage. “We’re seeing a lot more buyers coming from Manhattan. These buyers are primarily looking for space, and in places like Brooklyn Heights, they know they can find larger spaces at a better price than in comparable downtown neighborhoods like Tribeca,” pointed out Laurie Zucker Vice Chair, Manhattan Skyline Management Corp., which represents Brooklyn Heights’ Love Lane Mews. New Yorkers are constantly on the go and for many residents that commute back into Manhattan for work or social life, convenient transportation is key. “Buyers are moving to properties with better access to transportation and are willing to forego character for proximity to trains,” said Terry Naini, Senior Vice President Associate Broker at Town Real Estate. Many of the neighborhoods with cabs aplenty, extensive subway options or lines
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that are easy to transfer from, have already hit the ceiling in terms of price points. She continued: “A number of neighborhoods have peaked: Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Fort Greene.” With the Barclays Center and recent high-rise construction in Downtown Brooklyn, Ms. Naini agrees that “there is no neighborhood better suited to become the most expensive neighborhood in Brooklyn. It is at the center of beautiful peaked neighborhoods (DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene and Boerum Hill) yet on top of all the train lines with much development in the works.” Projects such as the revitalization of downtown and the Barclays Center, will unquestionably lead to the advancement of the borough’s landscape. “Brooklyn is really a quilt of different neighborhoods, each with its own characteristics and appeal.” Mr. Guerra concluded, “One trend that continues on both sides
of the river now is a steady stream of development of housing for all tastes and household sizes, but particularly luxury residential development.” With a steady influx of new buildings, the constant expansion of certain neighborhoods and escalating migration of Manhattanites (as well as new-fangled New Yorkers), Brooklyn’s real estate market is guaranteed to remain robust.
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