Crooklyn? No, Quooklyn!27

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?

Ridgewood’s “Architectural Eye Candy”

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.

 

Fall for the Burbs40

Posted by Deirdre // 09-17-2014

 

Catchy, huh? I just came up with that. First off, I do still live in Brooklyn and we don’t have plans to leave soon. That said, do I still have the conundrum? Yes. Does my husband come home from EVERY trip ANYWHERE outside of here and say, “I had an epiphany”? Yes. We have pretty much ruled out the suburbs because we both work freelance for now and it just wouldn’t make sense for us – we’re more emotionally connected to the city than needing to be physically connected to the city. Know what I’m sayin’? I thought I’d clear that up because sometimes I meet people who have heard of the blog who are surprised that we’re still here. We are.

Suburban Jungle EventBut the suburbs make sense for A LOT of people. Those who are tied to the city for work and want more space for their money. Those who want the security of a good school. Or those who just want the close access to the city without the everyday stress of the city. Yet unless you grew up in the suburbs of NYC or have other knowledge of the area through friends or something, it can be hard to decide which suburb is right.

I happened upon Suburban Jungle Realty I think on Facebook…or maybe through this NY Times article I wrote about a while ago – I can’t remember which. Anyway, I have been in touch with them for a long time and have been wanting to share their services with all of you because it’s just such a great idea! They help city dwellers who are looking in the burbs first with finding the right area for them and THEN connect them with brokers. They have a network of former city people to draw from to help those of us clueless about the burbs with all the typical city questions. So you start off talking to people like you, helping you find the right town for you and your family, not a broker trying to find you a house who may have a different agenda.

So if you happen to be around tomorrow after work in the city, you can check out Suburban Jungle and learn a bit more about them – rsvp to alana@suburbanjunglerealty.com (I couldn’t do that HTML code for the life of me, so you’ll just have to copy and paste – sorry). And stay tuned for an event in Brooklyn that we’ll be doing together – I just may call it Fall for the Burbs!

 

Bed-Stuy – From “Do or Die” to “Rent or Buy”138

Posted by mary-katherine // 07-17-2014

 

As usual, the weekend is approaching and I’m posting about last weekend’s NY Times. BUT, I did think it was worth it just to bring up the conversation, in case you missed the articles or wanted to chat about them with like-minded others.

Brownstones on Hancock Street

The Living In was about the “diverse and (rapidly) changing community” of Bed-Stuy. An influx of investors, many of them foreigners and/or LLCs (side note – read the nauseating NY Mag article about these people “stashing” their millions in our real estate, if you have the stomach) has driven up prices in this beautiful community of brownstones so much that it now seems close to clubby Park Slope. Guess we missed that boat.

There’s also an interesting piece from WNYC about Bed-Stuy in their “Life in the middle” series on the middle class. Bed-Stuy average income is now slightly over the city’s median. Some are thinking about cashing in on the boom, while others are getting priced out, like a young couple who can barely afford their $2000 a month rent and talk about having to go the “next Bed-Stuy,” which may be East New York. Crazy.

Also in the Sunday Times, the Travel section offered a slightly glossy version of Old Brooklyn coexisting peacefully with New Brooklyn — Wythe hotel and a red-sauce joint. The so-hip-it-hurts The Pines restaurant in Gowanus next to a social club. You get the idea. For tourists, yeah, it probably does feel that way. And for locals, at least those of us who have been here for more than 5 years, it’s often the mix of old and new that keep the charm of the place alive. But I think if you asked many, they’d say the new is steamrolling the old, especially in places like Bed-Stuy where it’s happening so fast it’ll make your head spin, with brownstone prices TRIPLING in four years. I wonder what’s been happening to the schools?

Also, I wish the New York Times weren’t putting our little neighborhood gems in its Travel section. The waits are already long enough.