Not Everything Is Better In Brooklyn
Having opened up in Cobble Hill last year, aptsandlofts.com is expanding once again, this time into Bedford-Stuyvesant, where the brokerage has taken a 2,000-square-foot bi-level storefront space—with fully landscaped backyard no less—at 308 Malcolm X Boulevard.
The space is designed to be able to support 45 agents and support staff, though it’s expected to be occupied by 25 when it opens early next year. David Maundrell, the company’s founder and president, spoke to The Commercial Observer last week about expanding into Bed-Stuy and the unique features of the space.
“A lot more transactions are happening in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights,” he said. “This will be a jumping off point for us in Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, Clinton Hill, Bushwick and even Ridgewood, Queens.”
To hear politicians like City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, or council members Steve Levin and Letitia James tell it, Downtown Brooklyn is a critical hub of New York City’s blossoming tech industry. A vertex in the so-called “Tech Triangle,” along with Dumbo and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the area has been (or will soon be) blessed with $100,000 in study money, a new bus line, a master plan, grant programs, a new urban engineering school and an untold number of press releases.
Now it’s just missing one thing: the tech tenants. Besides MakerBot Industries, a 3D printing firm that recently took over a whole floor at Forest City Ratner’s 1 MetroTech, and Aereo, a hi-tech service to access lo-tech over-the-air TV that took up shop at 470 Vanderbilt Avenue (which straddles the border between Fort Greene and Clinton Hill), the area has few of the start-ups that the litter Manhattan neighborhoods like Union Square, the Flatiron District and Chelsea. Never mind the larger established firms like Google and Microsoft.
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The City Council approved the Grand Street downzoning yesterday, despite a last-minute opposition campaign mounted by a group of small-scale Williamsburg landowners.
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