Home, cheap home. via Myrtle Avenue Partnership

This could be home, cheap home. via Myrtle Avenue Partnership

We tend to vascillate between telling you real estate is a lost cause and then telling you things like hey, look at this one exception. Well, today we’re on the positive side of the equation, because DNA Info reports that yet more affordable housing is coming to Clinton Hill! A new building at 490 Myrtle Avenue is offering up 19 units to the affordable housing lottery. That means $1,064 two-bedrooms, $877 one-bedrooms and $816 studios. Hey, maybe you can get married and move out, after all.  (more…)

03/30/15 4:34pm
brooklyn pop-up market

This could be you, but you gotta get out there and apply first! via Facebook

Spring is coming and so is summer, even if they’re a little stuck. They just are. That means of course, the return of Brooklyn’s many nice pop-up markets taking their rightful place in our storied vacant lots and playgrounds, with vendors hawking all sorts of nice handmade and vintage goods. Vendors like you, maybe? If that’s the case, you should get on your horse, figuratively, and apply to be a vendor at the Brooklyn Pop-Up Market’s outdoor space in Clinton Hill. After all, you can’t sell your handmade Han Solo/Luke Skywalker hybrid dolls if you don’t have a place to show them off. (more…)

biggie smalls mural

Spread love, but also paint. Picture of Owen Dippie mural via Flickr user ithinkx

Yesterday you might have spent some time thinking about the passing of Biggie Smalls, seeing as how it was the 18th year since his death, meaning that unsolved murder is now old enough to go war but not old enough to buy cigarettes in New York. There’s no reason to dwell completely in the past though, baby baby, not when there’s cool efforts to celebrate Biggie’s life and work. We’re talking things like the struggle for a Christopher Wallace Way and now, a Biggie mural going up outside the Key Food on Fulton Avenue where he used to work, courtesy of Danielle Mastrion, the artist who put up a Beastie Boys mural on the Lower East Side last year. (more…)

greene hill food co-op

You can even spritz the kale while you’re shopping. If you really want to. via Facebook

Ah the food co-op, the secretive bastion of cheaper groceries and respectful exchanges with employees because if you start yelling at someone who can’t find what you’re looking for, it’s gonna make for an awkward shift tomorrow. You wanna shop at one, but you also don’t want to commit to doing the work, not off the bat anyway. Well good news, lazybones, because Clinton Hill’s Greene Hill Food Co-op (18 Putnam Avenue) is offering a two-month trial membership with no membership fee or work requirements. (more…)

02/23/15 2:16pm
The new face of Brooklyn bargain hunters

The new face of Brooklyn bargain hunters

Despite its emergence as a real estate powerhouse that makes people openly weep as they look at the listings tacked up outside real estate offices, some people out there still look to Brooklyn as the affordable option for when you want to spread out and get a little room for your growing family. Of course, by “some people” we mean “high-wattage celebrity couple Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudekis” who have recently moved to Clinton Hill for more room for their family according to the New York Post. We didn’t mean Brooklyn is affordable for people like you or us of course, only an idiot would make that kind of statement. (more…)

02/17/15 3:39pm
brooklyn rent map

Haha, these aren’t for you, poor person.

I think we can safely say that at this point in the real estate game, “cheap” is a term of relativity. We’ve always maintained that reasonable per-person rent means $1,000 or less—and if you keep up with our bi-monthly apartment posts, you know that places like that still totally exist. But Curbed just posted their latest map revealing median rental costs of various neighborhoods (courtesy of housing website Zumper), and it’s not looking good. The question is, is this map more or less depressing than the map showing Park Slope will be beachfront property? (more…)

02/02/15 2:57pm
black artstory month

Sure you could look at a picture of Anthony Boone’s painting, but you could also go see it live this month. via Facebook

February is Black History Month, and there is no better place to celebrate the heritage of African Americans than here in Brooklyn. The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership is celebrating with their 3rd Annual Black Artstory Month, under this year’s title of “Where I’m From: The Black Artstory of Myrtle and Beyond.” The month-long series of free art exhibits, performances, film screenings and more in Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Wallabout, Brooklyn will explore themes of time, travel and transition by over 25 Brooklyn-based artists celebrating the neighborhood’s rich African American history. (more…)

11/28/14 12:07pm
Wouldn't you rather get two Robicelli's cupcakes for $5 than get trampled in the quest for a cheap TV? via Facebook

Wouldn’t you rather get two Robicelli’s cupcakes for $5 than get trampled in the quest for a cheap TV? via Facebook

If you’re reading this, our congratulations for not having been trampled into a coma at Black Friday. Whether you participated in the shopping stampede or not, you might be wondering if there’s any more shopping you can do where you find cheap holiday deals, but maybe cheap holiday deals that don’t require full body armor to get. Well the answer is yes! November 29 is Small Business Saturday, a celebration of the indie shops and small businesses that make Brooklyn go. Small business like say, Robicelli’s (9009 5th Avenue), which is offering sweet deals in the literal and metaphorical sense. (more…)

brooklyn patch

“I artificially screw up your housing market, just for #viral content.” via Facebook

If there’s one thing we can all agree on in Brooklyn, it’s that there’s so much housing everywhere. Just the kind of vacancy rates that apartment seekers dream of, knowing that they aren’t over a barrel whenever they start looking for a place to live. Given that we have so much space in which to live around here, obviously it’s totally cool that the candy company behind Sour Patch Kids is now using a Clinton Hill house as a kind of AirBnB for handpicked traveling musicians, who can stay there provided that they make some cool #viral #branded content about Sour Patch Kids. It’s not like anyone would want to live in that house or anything. (more…)

10/28/14 10:47am
clinton hill apartment

Just picture a Sims version of yourself right there, as a placeholder under 2017

So, you saw the Williamsburg affordable housing and decided that you’re too good for living in Williamsburg. Or more likely, you’re just feeling hopeless that you’ll win the lottery to get in, which makes more sense. Well, if you can hold on here for a little more than two years, you can start the teeth-gnashing process for an affordable apartment in Clinton Hill, with the Observer reporting that 20 percent of the 40 units in the above Fulton Street building will be affordable. Technically that means 7.6 units would be affordable, but we don’t see the developers rounding up, do you? (more…)