This week marks the 5th anniversary of our blog! In case you haven’t heard Brokelyn’s backstory, we’ve always been about bringing you things on the cheap. And as Brooklyn neighborhoods continue to change (read: gentrify), so do the places we have to look at for anything close to affordable real estate. Your more unfortunate real estate listings will call these neighborhoods “the next frontier,” as if no one already lives there. We’ll happily avoid that kind of terminology and instead just bring you apartments across a healthy spread across the Greater Brooklyn Area—decide for yourself where to shack up in order to land (or avoid) the next up-and-coming ‘hood. (more…)
Hey guys, I’m your substitute realtor for today, because Sam is unavailable. While I can’t give you Sam’s noted Canadian wit or keen eye for real estate, I can at least find you some places that won’t break your paycheck into pieces and snort it while demanding more more MORE. It’s just for a week, but long as I’m here, I found you some cheap places to live in Fort Greene, Bensonhurst, Crown Heights and a mysterious place in Sunset Park. They’re also all 2-bedrooms somehow, which I didn’t notice until now. Anyway, let’s go hunting! (more…)
Now I know you and your S/O have been talking about moving out to Park Slope someday, so you can raise your children on Sundays in Prospect Park and honey pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds. Well, guess what? Now you don’t have to save ’til you’re 40 to do it! We’ve got a handful of reasonably-priced apartments in the Slope. That, and a bunch of cute pads in a weird cluster of Bushwick/Bed-Stuy real estate off the J train, where the real estate values are going up with the crime rate (allegedly). So what’s it gonna be, kids? (more…)
I’ve got a bone to pick with the housing market. Everywhere you look this month, there are calls to “bring your pets,” or apartments boasting that pets are allowed. And you know what? Maybe I don’t even have a pet. On the other hand… maybe it’s fancy reverse psychology to get us to abandon our pets in exchange for hardwood flooring! Either way, here’s what’s up this week: we’ve got your 3-beds, your 2-beds and your pre-wars, dishwasher-equipped and pet-friendly. Check it all out below. (more…)
No, see, it’s not an illegal sublet. We just have a lot of kids.
Your desire to live in a luxury apartment is probably a bit stymied by the fact that your desire to pay a luxury apartment price is non-existent. What if though, you could split the cost of it with a few roommates? Taking it a step further, what if you split the cost with 21 other roommates and you all slept in bunk beds? Sure the arrangement probably wouldn’t be strictly legal, but that’s just what a broker is offering in this YouTube video. Pros: Luxury living! You get kitchen utensils! Cons: No drinking. No drugs. Only two bathrooms. You have to sleep in a bunk bed. You might get kicked out for living in an illegally subdivided luxury apartment that’s making one person rich while helping throw off the housing market.
Hey guys, did you forget? Your year-long lease is up at the end of this month, because you’re still on college time. Don’t worry, Brokelyn’s gotcha covered. This week’s apartment steals feature prices that might actually make you feel like you’re still in college, except the hot plate is a luxury gas stove and you (usually) can’t hear your roommate having sex next door. Ready? Here they are. (more…)
This week, the city voted for a 1% rent increase on all stabilized apartments. Aren’t you glad you don’t live in one? Actually, still sounds nice. Sure you could plot your way into living in one of those, but that’s gonna take you some time. Meanwhile, how about checking out these “very unlikely to not increase” Brooklyn apartments? (more…)
Bummed you can’t get in on cheap artist housing? Guess you shouldn’t have gotten that sensible graduate degree. Don’t worry, you can still come home to reasonably priced abodes after your day of microkitchen-equipped co-working. This week’s apartments have something for everyone. (more…)
This morning we learned of a polyamorous house in Bushwick seeking roommates looking to escape judgement. The three-story building has fifteen bedrooms and its occupancy is being coordinated by Leon Feingold, the co-founder and co-president of polyamorist group Open Love New York. Feingold said they’re not advertising to the public and are currently only considering “friends and friends of friends.” That’s tragic, because this is one of the more appealing housing options we’ve come across in a while.