Bed-Stuy, Red Hook, and…Staten Island?120

Posted by Deirdre // 03-17-2012


I was up early with my older one (well, 8 o’clock which is NOT early but they went to bed at 11 after friends were over) who had some cereal and promptly went on the iPad. This is a weekend-only thing for them, and it allows me some time to do things like read.

My husband and I used to fantasize about living in this Red Hook building. Photo Ui Seit for The NY Times.

So I actually got through most of today’s NY Times Real Estate section, which is chock full of alt-Bklyn and city stuff. The Living In is about Red Hook — its feeling close to the “Manhattan-center-of-the-universe and still have a small town feel”. Residents of Red Hook are a specific lot, those seeking out its removed and hard-edged quality. As usual with this section, I find the information on the schools totally unhelpful. Does anyone out there send their kids to local schools, or have another alternative? It’s close to the Brooklyn New School but that’s lottery (and very in-demand).

They went from Ft. Greene to Bed Stuy

The Hunt section chronicles a Ft. Greene couple’s search for a historic 3-bedroom in Brooklyn, and how they ended up in Bed-Stuy. What they paid was not at all cheap, but for the money they got way more space and charm than you would in say, Cobble Hill. They have two toddlers, so targeted District 13 but didn’t mention a specific school. The district is home to Community Roots, an amazing charter school but their waiting list last year was 800 kids for 50 spots. A few years ago when I spoke to Joyce Szuflita, she had great things to say about things happening at PS 9 and PS 56 as well. See her comments here on A Child Grows – ignore the Stop sign at the top of the page that tells you the page has been updated, just scroll down.

Another article references young artists’ colonizing fringe neighborhoods in Manhattan, Queens and yes, Staten Island. Brooklyn has kind of already been there, done that, in Williamsburg, Dumbo and Greenpoint. But for pusses like me, there aren’t enough amenities for kids (or me frankly) until some services start sprouting up. Yes, that would be gentrification. So just like the stroller set invaded Williamsburg (also referenced in the article), Red Hook and increasingly Greenpoint, there too may go Bushwick. So if you’re intrepid and have a baby or kids already in school, and especially if you are an artist, check out Ridgewood, Queens, Upper Manhattan or Richmond County (that’s Staten Island, but somehow sounds better that way). Just don’t tell any of them I sent you.

Any interest?


2 Responses

  1. Joshua says:
    December 10th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

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  2. February 12th, 2013 at 11:28 am

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