You might live in a landmark. via Flickr user Anastasia Ugorskaya
New York City is a land of constant change, but that doesn’t mean people are always happy with it. After all, you don’t want your unique and historical architecture replaced by a bunch of frozen yogurt shops, do you? Hell no you don’t. Which is why City Council member Jumaane Williams is pushing a plan to landmark over one thousand Victorian-style homes in Ditmas Park. (more…)
The rent, as we all know, is rather steep around here. There are a couple of coping strategies out there, like crying, waiting out the housing bubble or living with 14 roommates. Or you could play the housing lottery game, and hey, there’s a new ticket for you to scratch off. This weekend, there’s an open house for a couple of units in Morris Manor, an affordable housing building in East Flatbush that come with both cheap rent and plenty of amenities. (more…)
Wilenta and her tiny library. Photo by Edward Smith, via Little Brooklyn Farm
You ever walk down the street and wish you could come upon a kiosk full of books that you could choose one from? Pretty specific daydream, we know. But if you ever have, Jennifer Wilenta of Ditmas Park has made that daydream a reality by constructing a Little Free Library in front of her house. (more…)
Well, then you should keep reading. via Flickr user Mike S.
Hey, do you live in Ditmas Park? Or are just so full of civic pride and want to help people clean up their neighborhoods? Boy, you sure are charitable, aren’t you? Well, whether you want to clean your neighborhood or just help other people, you’ll have a chance to on Saturday when the Church Avenue Business Improvement District does a cleanup down the length of Church Avenue. (more…)
Just a total normal day in Ditmas Park. via DP Corner
There’s always so much going on in Brooklyn, that no matter what you do with your time, you’re bound to be missing out on something. Especially if you’re working in an office or something. Bleh, who wants to do that? Especially when something like The National showing up to Sycamore to promote their new album happens. Hm? Yeah, they played there, because that’s what fantastically successful indie rock bands do, is play small bar/flower shops on a Tuesday afternoon. (more…)
Traifik d’Info is one of the films set to screen this year.
Carribeing, Flatbush’s annual film festival celebrating Caribbean cinema and culture, needs some help getting off the ground this year. So, like any good artistic endeavor, they’ve turned to crowdfunding — though, their campaign’s a little more, uh, technical than some of the other ones we’ve seen. (more…)
Brooklyn is home to plenty of cars, but do they ever really go anywhere? Anyone who’s ever driven around here and waited through two light cycles to go one block can tell you that, well, no, not always. Still, people really like their cars, and one argument that’s tough to argue against is that cars can transport more stuff through the city than a bike. But the Ditmas Park Corner talked to a new group that’s changing the equation by rolling out a fleet of cargo bikes. (more…)
You may have heard that professional aggrieved person/member of the New York State Assembly Dov Hikind recently found himself in a little hot water. And for what, just a little blackface during Purim? And saying things like “someone gave me the hair of the actual, you know, sort of a black basketball player.” Oh and then abjectly refusing to apologize and saying things like “maybe I would be a gay person . . . by the way, would that be okay, Zev? If I played a gay person next year?” Well, the Daily Show noticed too, covering it by going over Hikind’s record of standing up against intolerance (of Jews) and then with their official Purim correspondent dropping Yiddish bombs left and right. (more…)
Obviously you guys knew about our Real Estate section, but did you know that we’ve made some changes to pretty it up a bit? Well, we have, so now seems as good a time as ever to see what magical deals can be found within. For starters, how about this 3-bedroom in Ditmas Park for $2,500/month. It’s being called “unbelievable,” and we can see why. Even without the furniture (we know, sucks you have to buy some) the place just oozes class and refinement. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you can’t go home with a six pack of High Life every night. (more…)
Show your bike some love. via Flickr user David 23
There’s snow on the ground right now, so riding a bike is probably the last thing on many of your minds. But guess what? Hard as it is to believe, it will be warm again in time and you’ll remember that a bike is an excellent way to get around Brooklyn. But what if you get a flat? Or need to replace a worn down brake pad? You could take it to a bike shop and hang around while they do the repair, OR you could prepare to be self-reliant at Flatbush Mutual Aid’s free bike repair clinics. (more…)