Posted by Deirdre // 11-11-2014
It’s only gotten crazier since the last post. The latest, in the NY Times Styles section, tells us that “Cafes with vegan muffins, yoga studios and destination pizzerias have (naturally) sprouted.” So clearly, Ridgewood is totally Brooklyn. Of course the people who live in Ridgewood had lots to say about it, over on Gothamist.
“‘I love the term Quooklyn because it is so stupid looking and sounding that it perfectly captures the essence of the real estate hype machine. I feel like the NY Times is doing some Trading Places-esque social experiment where if they write enough articles about Ridgewood being the Next Big Thing, then it’ll become it, and Maureen Dowd wins $1 or something.’ —Alex Tween, 6 year resident of Ridgewood.”
Oh New York Times, what would we do without your Styles section making us all feel like we have already missed out whatever it is or we’re currently right this minute the only one not at the party? Though I think I’m pretty much past needing to hang out with Scout Willis, so that’s good. And Park Slope’s got vegan muffins aplenty.
Posted by Deirdre // 10-07-2014
When I first created Bklyn or Beyond, I had in my mind that I would sell some ad space to like-minded brands in order to support my hosting and programming fees and maybe squeak out a little extra for myself. I quickly abandoned the idea because besides super cute and stylish or cool brands, I don’t really want them on my site! And my posts tend to come in fits and starts as you may know, which doesn’t always make advertisers happy.
While I don’t intend to turn this into a channel for real estate brokers to prey on desperate home-seekers, I do think that the right broker can go a long way in helping people find a great home. Especially for those looking in new towns, it’s pretty important to be able to have a broker with whom they speak the same language and can tell their innermost thoughts and fears (or something like that).
So I am launching a monthly feature in which I ask a realtor a set of questions that I feel are important to Brooklynites looking to move (within Brooklyn, the burbs and beyond), and give them a chance to sell themselves and their towns or neighborhoods – not just their listings. Let me know what you think and if there are questions that are glaringly omitted!
First up happens to be Maplewood and South Orange, and former Brooklynite Lisa Danbrot.
Pictured is Michelle Williams’ now on the market townhouse in Boerum Hill just for shits and giggles.
Posted by Deirdre // 09-29-2014
Did you happen to see this piece in the Observer on Ridgewood, Queens, “aka Quooklyn”? Whhhaaaat?! Please tell me this is not being actually uttered out of anyone’s mouth. Have others heard this horrible (totally came from a Real Estate Broker) moniker?
I’ve never been to Ridgewood, but we mentioned the hood in this piece a ways back, spurred by a NY Times article on somewhat far-flung neighborhoods ‘artists are flocking to’ (always a relative term with the Times). They’ve since written more, including the inevitable Brooklyn to Queens migration and seemed to have started with this Living In from 2011 — oh, if only we’d bought then! I’d love to hear more about Ridgewood’s schools and what life is like there if you have a family. It seems the Daily News is enamored with it too, claiming it’s the next hot hood, whatever that means.
With so many being priced out of Brooklyn (it’s only a matter of time for us renters) we may need to hop on the M and have a look.