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Citi Bike Stations–New York’s cleaner transportation method.

Over the past 48 hours or so Citibike stations have been popping up in my neighborhood. I walk by three of them on my less than a mile commute from my home to my office. I pass by the one at the corner of Remsen and Hicks Street, which is on a wider than average […]

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A History of the Strong Place Properties—Part Two.

Here’s the next installment of the Strong Place Construction Blog, a series following Brennan Realty Services and their team through the development of three townhouses in Cobble Hill, at the corner of Kane and Strong Place. Today Brennan Realty posts Part Two of the history of the Strong Place properties. The history of the properties […]

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A History of the Strong Place Properties—Part One.

Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, is an old neighborhood, with a history that goes back to the beginnings of Breukelin, and the area’s first Dutch settlers. The first farmers in the area were granted land patents as early as the 1640’s, for land stretching from the East River shore to the Gowanus Valley. What is now Cobble […]

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Teeny Tiny Living

I grew up on a small town on the eastern end of Long Island, where my bedroom was a large playground filled with my most precious items. When I first got into real estate I always knew there were two sureties about New York City living—it was small and expensive. People actually chose to live […]

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Disposable Real Estate

The Times Magazine had an interesting article this weekend about the freegans (deliberately lower case), a loose-knit group of capitalism-rejecters who live off the excessive waste of our society. They forage for food in dumpsters, get their furniture on garbage day, dress themselves in America’s sartorial rejects. But due to the rise of foreclosures since […]

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Option C

We read the article in the NY Times this weekend, about when is the best time to buy a condo. Buildings that are offering the best deals are sometimes doing so out of desperation–they need to sell the minimum 20% to officially go condo. But buyers beware: poor construction and shaky financing–not to mention an […]

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28 2nd Place: The Walk-through

I took a walk through 28 2nd Place the other day, the wide and centrally located Carroll Gardens brownstone that we hope to convert to roomy three- (and one four-) bedrooms. The architect who worked on the floor plan for us was with me, as well as a general contractor who is very experienced with […]

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Confidence–Who Needs It?

Markets do, that’s who. Without it, as we’ve seen in the last two or three years, the whole economic system gets shaky. One of the functions of this blog is to examine those elements that make confidence wither or bloom, those ever-present questions of whether or not to buy, what to buy, and where to […]

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