Piece of Atlantic Yards. Not pictured: “No Poors” sign. via A/N Blog
Despite the fact that every day, the promise of not just affordable housing, but housing in general, going up near the Barclays Center seems like a crueler and crueler joke, people are still saying it’s going to happen. And as long as people are there saying that, Norman Oder from Atlantic Yards Report will be digging up government documents telling us bad news about it. Like the thing he published today, a financing agreement between the New York City Housing Development Corporation and Forest City Ratner, showing what the projected rents for the apartments at 461 Dean Street will be. Do you want the bad news, or the really bad news? (more…)
How can we raise children in a city without vacant lots? via Flickr user Ralph Hockens
Despite visionaries like Glenn Beck and the majority of the terrified editorial pages of New York City warning us about it, the voters of New York elected Park Slope liberal squish socialist warlord “Red” Bill de Blasio. What kind of changes will de Blasio be wreaking on New York, now that the calm, teeny tiny hands of Mike Bloomberg aren’t guiding the levers of power? Well, here’s one thing: a plan to charge higher property taxes on vacant lots in order to spur the owners to build something or sell it to someone who will. First they came for the empty lots and I said nothing because I was not an empty lot. (more…)
Yeah sure, just knock it all down and put up shitty boxy condos. via Flickr user Atom
Just when we thought the “X is the new Y” consensus for Bed-Stuy was that it was “the new (old) Lower East Side,” someone from the real estate brokerage Aptsandlofts.com had to go and upend that by telling Crain’s “I’m seeing in Bed-Stuy what I saw happen in Williamsburg in 2002.” And they are very similar! In that both places are neighborhoods in Kings County in the City of New York on the planet Earth.
So if you’re playing along at home, that makes the G train the new L train, the J train the new G train, Herbert Von King Park the new McCarren Park, Williamsburg the new uh, Kips Bay, and Bedwick still the stupidest neighborhood anyone has ever devised.
New York’s real estate market is a bit overheated, as we know. So you need to be able to identify bargains where you can, and latch on to them like a facehugger alien. You’re also going to need a place you can defend yourself when Red Bill Crimewave de Blasio gets elected, and what better place to defend yourself against the redistributive hordes in than in your very own castle in the Bronx? (more…)
Anyone who’s ever looked for apartments around here on line is familiar with the strange phrasing, bait and switch and questionable grammar and punctuation of your typical listing. “Why is it in all caps? Is that the right usage of ‘you’re’? There’s no way that’s really Fort Greene” are just many of the thoughts that have run through our heads looking for a place. Well finally someone got so fed up he decided to amuse us with a Tumblr imagining that the people who write this copy were also selling us candy, Vicks and paper towels. We give you, The Broker Bodega. (more…)
If you wanna see Father John Misty do his Father John Misty thing, read on. Photo by Mary Dorn
So you want to do CMJ, but think of yourself as a little too fancy for the free shows but not quite 1% enough for the $500 full pass. Well, first get off your high horse. After you’ve come off that, you can look into a CMJ pass deal from Living Social that gets you in to all of the showcases next week. (more…)
Future housing you can’t afford being built on Bedford Avenue
So hey, remember about two months ago when everyone was freaking out and rending their garments over the “average NYC rent over $3,000 now” thing? Well, good news everyone! It’s only getting worse, with a new Douglas Elliman report letting us know that the median rent in Brooklyn is the highest it’s been in five years. Great, good news, cool stuff everyone, let’s have a party. A party with a lot of crying. (more…)
Slave Theater back in the day. Via Flickr user universalhiphopparade
The historic Slave Theater on Fulton has been the focus of many hopes and dreams as of late. Since last September, New Brooklyn Theater, a local non-profit theater company, has been raising funds to purchase the dilapidated building and restore it to its former glory, waking it from its 14-year sleep and filling it with a huge main-stage, a state of the art sound system, projection capabilities, an orchestra pit, and a revamped lobby. However, in a sad – and yet somehow totally familiar – turn of events, the Daily News says Slave Theater has been purchased by a real estate developer and will probably be turned into luxury condos. (more…)
All this and nothing else can be yours for $1800 per month!
We’ve made some jokes about the Bloomberg administration’s push for micro-apartments as a solution to new and affordable housing in the city. But, at the very least they were supposed to be affordable. Right? Kind of? Oh whoops, if your idea of affordable is below “starting salary at an investment firm” you can go screw, because a new study of the units shows that like a lot of Manhattan, these apartments are going to be for the well-off only. (more…)
Williamsburg, as we know, is getting kinda lame, what with the billion dollar condos that look like the worst architecture Miami has to offer and a buregoning set of things you can find anywhere in America like Urban Outfitters. Who’s fault is it though? Artists? Bankers? Whitey? Maybe we should go back to our teenage years and start blaming our parents for everything, like this Wall Street Journal story about boomers moving to the city and paying ridiculous prices for uuuugly condos, suggests we should. (more…)