It’s official: Bedford Ave rents are the most expensive in all of Brooklyn


Rents are averaging $350 per square foot! Wow. That explains all the beautiful, shiny, Kinfolk aliens inhabiting the area.

Asking rents on of the northern section of Bedford Avenue in the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn led the 15 corridors featured in the Real Estate Board of New York’s first-ever retail report focused on the borough. The average asking rent along Bedford Avenue between Grand and North 12th Streets, one of the bustling thoroughfares in the neighborhood, was $347 per square foot in the third quarter of 2015. [Read more...]

Williamsburg home prices have increased by 269% in the past decade

increaseUnsurprising news of the week: Williamsburg home prices have gone up a whole lot in the past ten years. As shown in the image above via PropertyShark, Williamsburg is up 269% from 2004-2014 and Greenpoint is up a meager 92%. From TheRealDeal:

Talk about gentrification. Home prices in some of the city’s neighborhoods have not just climbed over the last decade, they’ve blasted off, landed on Mars and found water.

Average prices for condos, co-ops, and single- and two-family homes in Williamsburg climbed from $275 to $1,015 per square foot between 2004 and 2014, which, after adjusting for inflation, amounts to a positively-shocking 269 percent increase

Entitled nouveau riche Williamsburgers paying 4k a month to make friends and attend sober raves at Pure House commune


credit: Pure House

The existence or Pure House and similar properties in this city is enough to make any sensible New Yorker want to pull his/her hair out. The Times covered this communal living phenomenon a few weeks ago and now Curbed has more:

Communal living is not for everyone, but it’s quite the rage right now, with new cooperative apartment buildings popping up everywhere, it seems. Pure House in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighb’ (where else?) is one such space, promising to curate and bring together like-minded people. [Read more...]

Greenpoint’s Boulevard Tavern is closing


Well this sucks. We love Boulevard Tavern and will definitely miss it. Sorry to see you go!

It is with great sadness that I must report that after 10 years my beloved bar Boulevard Tavern will close its doors for the last time on Aug 30th 2015.

I could site many reasons for this, but suffice to say, a changing demographic in the neighborhood, increased competition, and increased costs are about as good a reason as any. Let’s just say its tough being a small business in NYC right now.
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There’s an Occupy the Inlet event this weekend at Bushwick Inlet Park


If you follow this site, you’re likely familiar with the saga of Bushwick Inlet Park. The city promised to turn the 28 acre plot of land on the East River into a park, but now its in danger of being sold to the highest bidder for condos. On Sunday, come out by land or by sea to tell City Council that we want our park:


Join (human-powered) boaters and fill the extraordinary Bushwick Inlet to show the City that we refuse to to let the promised park space become another doormat for skyscraper development. [Read more...]

Bushwick bar Cain’s Tavern is closing this month due to ’500%’ rent hike


And another one gone, and another one gone:

We are very sad to announce that Cain’s Tavern will be closing at the end of August. After 5 years, Our landlords have decided to to raise our rent 500%, forcing us to relocate. We are scoping out spots now.

Thank you to the neighborhood of Bushwick for making every moment of the last five years worth it. Thank you to the other Bushwick bars and restaurants for being so damn cool. [Read more...]

Graffiti wars in Bushwick as artist murals are replaced by corporate ads


credit Bushwick Daily

Sadly, this is a fitting metaphor for what’s happening throughout Brooklyn.

On 247 Starr St., near the Jefferson L train stop, a billboard plastered with AT&T ads covers a mural where the “Bushwick Collective” signature can still be spotted in the corner.

Movie posters and more AT&T ads were recently put on the side of 427 Troutman St., covering the only work that a group of Russian artists did outside of their home country. [Read more...]

Forget poor doors, Greenpoint developers building segregated poor buildings


Stephen Levin — who voted to sell Greenpoint’s air rights — and a crew of other dipshits breaking ground; credit Gothamist

The last time we checked in with the progress of the 10-tower Greenpoint Landing waterfront development — aka Stephen Levin Towers – we were hearing concerns from the community about the decision to dig in a polluted Superfund site. Now, that they’ve officially broken ground — don’t breathe until they’re done — they’ve released more details about the project.

The developer behind the massive 10-tower waterfront Greenpoint Landing project on Friday broke ground on construction of the first three buildings in the complex, which will contain entirely below-market-rate units. [Read more...]