Though the Navy Yard has been getting a lot of attention lately, what with the new film school campus and super cheap apartments, Brooklyn’s other abandoned armed forces hub is getting some love now, according to NY1. Jacque Torres, a choclatier with factories around the city, is bringing chocolate production to the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Even better, it’s slated to open before Marty Markowitz leaves office, so we can definitely look forward to pictures of him at the ribbon cutting showing up on Marty Markowitz Eating. (more…)
Winter is a time to stay inside. Check out some of the best Brokelyn Real Estate listings right now to find your winter hibernation station. Up first, a taste of home in Greenpoint. Sure, no matter what you do, your apartment never feels as homey as mom’s house, but head to Diamond St., a peaceful, quiet block in Greenpoint, and feel like you’re Upstate, far away from the rough and tumble city lifestyle. This 1BR for $1850 Diamond St. includes heat, hot water, and even electricity. Snuggle up and bake cookies during the holidays with your boyfriend (or whatever) and then wash all the dirty batter bowls in your DISHWASHER!
• At $1,900, this place is not the cheapest 2Br in Sunset Park — we’ve got a whole bunch of new listings over there right now including a very cute 1BR — but holy tripe tacos, check out the park view in this renovated floor-through with our next favorite thing, an open kitchen. Pretty sure there’s a horse and buggy parked next to that weeping willow. (more…)
Even though some of us here at Team Brokelyn are nerd-sympathizers, this 5,000-square-foot comics warehouse in Sunset Park has somehow escaped our notice until now. We just spotted a flyer for what promises to be a huge sale at Koch Comics this Saturday and Sunday. The website for it is a bit of a hot mess, but it advertises more than 200,000 comics for $1, 10,000 trades for $6, a table of freebies and a free snack bar. And if anyone knows how to snack, it is comic book fans. The list of items also includes Willie Nelson bumper stickers, Doctor Who magazines, a mint Barry Bonds rookie card, Fat Albert board game and Mortal Kombat frisbees. So basically your own special budget comic con right in your back yard. (more…)
• Williamsburg: First up in our weekly Brooklyn apartment roundup is a place that’s actually described as janky in the listing. We dig that word too, but so far, this 3BR fixer-upper for $2,700 doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of bites. What do you think?
“To most people ‘Janky’ means a combination of Junky and Skanky but in this scenario it means ‘Opportunity.’ This is truly a handyman special, and the right 1, 2, or even 3 people can really trick this puppy out. (more…)
There comes a time in a couple’s relationship — and for some of you people it’s about two weeks in — when it’s time to flee the 17 roommates and upgrade to a love nest. In today’s edition of Awesome Cheap Apartments, we look at inviting one-bedrooms that will leave you enough money for the couples therapy you will inevitably need after moving in just to save on rent. First up (above): a light-filled 1BR in Sunset Park for $1,150, on the second floor of a walkup. Even if you’re solo, a joint like this will help you find a rent buddy real fast. What other cozy shacks beckon from our apartment listings? (more…)
A lotta bread for not much dough at Baked in Brooklyn. Photo by Sarah Bibi.
If you’ve been walking around Greenwood Cemetery on Fifth Avenue, you may have noticed an overpowering bread smell wafting over the streets. Don’t worry, they haven’t started burying ciabattas near the graves of the Civil War soldiers; you’re smelling Baked in Brooklyn, a colossal new factory / storefront that takes up nearly all of the corner of 26th Street and Fifth. What exactly is Baked in Brooklyn? We scoped it out over the weekend then did an FAQ-style interview with ourselves to fill you in on pertinent data points.
Remember the Portlandia sketch about Hotel Deuce, the intransigently hip lodge where you get a turntable and typewriter with every room and the lobby has a full-service DJ? Sure, we like to laugh at those funny similarities we see with Portland, but turn your gaze to this newly built boutique spot in Sunset Park called Hotel BPM, which is, of course, named for “beats per minute,” and which The Brooklyn Eagle says is described as a “music-inspired property.” That means the hotel has fully licensed music streaming through its public areas and 76 guest rooms, compiled by hip-hop DJ BIJAL, who conceptualized and founded the hotel. The Eagle, which got a sneak peek at the new hotel before it officially opens May 14, says guests can also make song or artist requests at the time of their reservations. King and double-rooms start at $139 per room per night for the grand-opening rate. And of course, they’re going to be a sponsor of Austin’s SXSW festival. It is unclear if typewriters and hand-crafted library selections are included in the price as well.
It’s now dead-hot beautiful summer and the only ones thinking about the cruel fall are those teacher types embracing their few months of sanity. If you’re a new graduate preparing for your first year in front of the classroom this September, one outgoing Sunset Park teacher may make your life a little easier. The class act is giving away a whole starting teacher kit for grades 2-5 including things like pocket charts, stickers, incentive charts, calculators, math books and “LOTS” of children’s books. You have to take the whole large suitcase of stuff at once. Betcha that teacher will be happy to see them go.