How We Live Now
It has been a long time coming, creeping ever closer with each new luxury condo and $8 million townhouse sale, every $17 bowl of ramen, $10 latte and cup of cold-pressed beet-and-kale juice, but now the end is finally upon us: Brooklyn is over. Done. Finished. Brooklyn as brand has overtaken Brooklyn as place, turning itself over fully to the project that was always its greatest work in the first place: the cultivation of a luxury lifestyle.
We may not be able to agree on a name for the neighborhood—is it Flatbush? or Ditmas Park? or Prospect Park South?—but at $2 million, the house at 114 Westminster Road is definitely a record for a single-lot Victorian home in whatever you choose to call it. (A house at 145 Argyle Road around the corner sold for $20,000 more last year, but it included an adjacent vacant full-sized lot.)
The graceful tree-lined streets of Ditmas Park proved a particularly dangerous place to be during Hurricane Sandy. A tree on Ditmas Avenue killed two friends walking a dog when it fell on them sometime late Monday or early Tuesday. Many others damaged cars and homes. Special contributor Ian Lamb shot this video of one down just north of Cortelyou Road.
Tragedy struck last night in the Ditmas Park section of Brooklyn, as the daughter of a prominent local activist and her friend were crushed by a fallen tree and killed.
The female victim was Jessie Streich-Kest, the daughter of Jon Kest, executive director for New York Communities for Change, according to a spokesman for the family. Council Member Mathieu Eugene identified the male victim as Jacob Vogelman of First Street in Brooklyn.
Neighborhood residents said the victims were out last night walking a dog when a tree was uprooted from the sidewalk and trapped the pair beneath its weight. They were discovered on Ditmas Avenue near East 18th Street early this morning.
“Jessie was an amazing young woman who was known and loved by many NYCC members, staff and allies,” said Jonathan Westin, the spokesman for the Kest family, in an emailed statement. “Jessie loved life and was deeply devoted to social justice.”
Ditmas Park, New York’s answer to suburbia. The place where all the cool kids go when they want to show that growing up in Montclair or White Plains or Brookline wasn’t actually half-bad. The place where you can still walk to the subway or down to Cortelyou for killer coffee and the farmers market.
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“There’s really nothing else like this in the city,” said broker Marie-Ange Augustin, pulling the curtain back to reveal white picket fences, sprawling Victorian mansions and a tattooed hipster pushing a baby stroller.
Indeed, Ditmas Park, just across the park from Park Slope, feels more like an upstate suburb than a neighborhood off the Read More
"The Q is a solid train. And Ditmas Park is our amazing, affordable, tree-lined little secret (shh!). But please don’t let south Brooklyn turn into Williamsburg! It’s lovely as it is without hordes of Facebook-addicted, angsty, post-college types in skinny jeans! Keep it quiet and nerdy–much better that way." ["Brooklyn, The Borough: Can the Read More
The “chief insitgator and CEO” of Ditmas Park’s Vox Pop cafe, Sander Hicks, is looking for partners to take his cafe national, the Brooklyn Papers reports. An excellent investment opportunity–if you think there are 170 other neighbrohoods in the country that would go for “Halloween masks of unpopular presidents”–to say nothing of Read More
The last installment of Curbed’s 2005 awards came through this afternoon. Rather unscientific reader polling seems to make Prospect Heights the neighborhood of the year for readers of the real-estate Web log, unseating last year’s champion, Fort Greene.
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It’s been a while since anybody picked up the shrinking alt-alt weekly, but the Sun has news today that the current regime at the New York Press has been replaced by my friend and Ditmas Park neighbor Harry Siegel, an occasional Observer columnist.
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