A week ago, I received an email about a vacant industrial warehouse on 46th Street in Sunset Park that recently sold for $1,100,000. Each of the 4,900 square feet came to $225. I wondered why a bare bones property like this would cost so much, but somewhere out there a landlord was probably excited that Read More
By Nicole Brydson 12/11/08 11:06pm
"WE ARE IN A RECESSION!" screamed the words from my in-box back on Nov. 16, and whether it was official yet or not, the wardrobes of Brooklyn’s 20-somethings were feeling it.
The email was from my friend Rachel, inviting me to a clothing swap at her Boerum Hill apartment. After listing other monetary commitments, Read More
By Nicole Brydson 12/05/08 1:34pm
On the day before Thanksgiving, at the corner of Prospect Place and Washington Avenue, Harvey Keitel put back the driver’s seat of a vintage ambulance and caught a little shut-eye. Looking like his role as the similarly vice-ridden cop in the 1992 film Bad Lieutenant, Mr. Keitel awaited set-up for his next scene as Lieutenant Read More
By Nicole Brydson 11/21/08 1:54pm
On Monday, the door to the new and expanded Beacon’s Closet, a consignment shop now on the corner of Warren Street and Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, opened. Along with a burst of cold air came not a customer but a stink bomb.
"All I heard was a bang and then ahhhh," said Tiffany, Read More
By Nicole Brydson 11/14/08 1:04pm
"It’s not like libraries are over-funded!" said Soledad O’Brien, master of ceremonies for the 12th annual fundraising gala for the Brooklyn Public Library on Thursday. "It’s not like, ‘Trim the fat off those libraries!’ Those are cuts that are going to be very much felt."
Ms. O’Brien was drinking a glass of water in Read More
By Nicole Brydson 11/03/08 1:39pm
Over the last weekend of the presidential election, the now ubiquitous Shepard Fairey-designed poster of a sacrosanct Barack Obama dotted the windows of shops and homes throughout Brooklyn. At the Gate, in Park Slope, the word "hope" below the senator’s smiling countenance had been amended to Slope.
Brooklyn, like the rest of New Read More
By Nicole Brydson 10/31/08 4:43pm
"I’ve often heard people say it doesn’t matter who you vote for, they’re all the same," said Jimmy Ellis, a 56-year-old MoveOn.Org member and host of a calling party Thursday night for Barack Obama in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. "But now, since the election in 2000, I think we can see really clearly, even if you don’t Read More
By Nicole Brydson 10/24/08 2:26am
Last Wednesday, on the evening of the final presidential debate of this cycle, held at Hofstra University, Senator John McCain alleged in the most cautious terms he could muster, that ACORN "is now on the verge of maybe perpetrating the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy." Read More
By Nicole Brydson 10/14/08 5:47pm
Danny Hoch knows where the money is.
"It’s funny," Mr. Hoch said via phone from his home in Williamsburg. "There’s a guy about a block away from me – an old school Puerto Rican cat – and there’s a new ATM machine on Grand Street, so he’s like, ‘Yo man, I be seeing Read More
By Nicole Brydson 10/06/08 10:16pm
"Do you hear the crickets?," asked Ali Jafri, a broker for Prudential Douglas Elliman. We were standing on the ninth-floor balcony of a brand-new three-bedroom condominium for sale at 20 Bayard Street in Williamsburg. "That’s something you won’t get in Manhattan."
These days, Mr. Jafri might hear crickets more often than he’d like. It was Read More