Behind the sagging wire fence, all that’s left of 55 Eckford Street in Greenpoint is a skeleton, its steel ribs turned rusty from months of rain. A tangle of weeds has shot up among the bottles and soggy cardboard covering the ground, and blue construction tarp flaps in the autumn wind. The place smells faintly Read More
By Leigh Kamping-Carder 9/30/08 10:18pm
“The lookers are gone,” said Stribling’s Brenda Vemich, sales director at One Hanson Place, the condo hewn from Brooklyn’s tallest tower, the old Williamsburgh Bank Building.
The economic crisis has rippled across the rivers, driving sellers into hiding, buyers into tizzies of anticipation and analysts and brokers into thorough consternation. What the heck is Read More
By Leigh Kamping-Carder 9/29/08 12:43pm
For most non-profit organizations, the current financial crisis is likely a cause for anxiety. Sean Andrews, the executive director of the Prospect Park YMCA, sees an opportunity.
"We’ve been in neighborhoods through the hard times, the good times, the real estate booms and busts," he said, "and people know to come to us whether Read More
By Leigh Kamping-Carder 9/19/08 9:14pm
Since 2002, Williamsburg-Greenpoint has lived without a movie theater. The absence is especially surprising given the area’s history of film exhibition: At one point, the neighborhoods boasted six movie theaters in less than five square miles. But since the 1950s, the theaters have been slowly disappearing, converted to other uses or demolished.
"If you’re Read More
By Leigh Kamping-Carder 9/19/08 12:26pm
"I don’t think we live in Park Slope," my roommate said to me one evening, sitting at the kitchen table in our new walk-up. "I think we live in Go-anus. I don’t even know how you pronounce that."
My roommates and I had recently moved into a three-bedroom near Fourth Avenue, assuming we’d entered Read More
By Leigh Kamping-Carder 9/17/08 6:56pm
Walk Score is a Web site that tells you what you already know: In your New York City neighborhood, you can walk places, a lot more places than in a lot of other neighborhoods.
With the help of Google’s local data, Walk Score rates properties between 1 and 100, based on the number of Read More
By Leigh Kamping-Carder 9/14/08 4:26pm
On Friday afternoon, Senator Hillary Clinton announced proposed legislation which includes $237 million in new funding for New York City’s mass transit system. The bulk of the cash will go toward the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in an effort to prevent future fare increases.
"One of the best ways to save money, help the environment, Read More
By Leigh Kamping-Carder 9/12/08 1:43pm
The wet bar seats eight comfortably; the billiards table is covered in red felt; ESPN blares from the flat-screen television, a salvo of sports scores echoing over the brown leather armchairs; and, next-door, the children are playing in their rec room.
Upstairs, the rooftop terrace is quiet. Several neighbors are lounging on the Read More
By Leigh Kamping-Carder 9/04/08 1:54am
Even at the height of the Thursday morning rush, Roosevelt Islanders have time to stop and talk about transportation. That’s because they’re likely watching two or three or four F trains go by, packed to the doors with Manhattan-bound commuters.
As newcomers flock to Roosevelt Island, transportation on and off the 147-acre landmass Read More
By Leigh Kamping-Carder 9/01/08 9:35pm
In 2000, Roosevelt Island had less than 10,000 residents. Since then, 1,331 new apartments have gone up or are under construction. Another 1,160 are expected within the next five years.
These new structures will pile thousands of fresh faces–and Fresh Direct trucks, as one resident put it–onto the sleepy spit of East River land Read More