“A Touch of Brooklyn” – Ridgewood Update18

Posted by Deirdre // 11-11-2014

Roberta's? No - Trans-Pecos in Ridgewood via NY Times

Roberta’s? No – Trans-Pecos in Ridgewood via NY Times

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.



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.



I’m Mike D and I Get Respect1

Posted by Deirdre // 06-18-2013


If you have not seen Mike D’s gah-orgeous house in Cobble Hill, that was featured in the NY Times yet, prepare ye self.

Lots of blogs and media outlets picked it up. And there was some back lash about the bougie-ness, especially on twitter. Whatevs. He’s earned it. And this is kind of what brownstone Brooklyn has become, right?

If this were ours would it have legos and school papers all over the place?

If this were ours would it have legos and school papers all over the place?