Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Brooklyn’s Bash: Beer, Bourbon & BBQ

If you haven’t already gotten your tickets for the upcoming local Beer, Bourbon & BBQ festival, stop everything now and do so!  Happening this Saturday at the Brooklyn EXPO Center, located at 72 Noble Street, this year is set to be Bigger and Better than ever!

Now celebrating an entire decade of festivities, the 10th annual festival has a lot on its plate this year.  Every guest (VIP or general) will receive a souvenir glass and bag but for the VIP ticket you will also get access to the Beast Cage and Shrine of Swine whereby you can enjoy whole hogs in each session.  As well, you will be able to sample 15+ Southern Style BBQ dishes in an unlimited amount until 2pm! Smoked meats include those that are less likely to be seen on your typical BBQ menu like: alligator, bison, lamb and longhorn rounds! A real meat lover’s treat.

In addition, there will be Brewmasters and Pit Masters’ seminars (at the Tasting Theater) and an opportunity to rock out to all the DJs. For all you brave foodies, make sure you take part in the Bacon Eating Contest as well. All in all, it’s a great way to spend an evening

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Gearing Up for New Year’s!

New Year’s Eve (and day!) is approaching so here we take a brief look at what is happening in and around our locality.

Getting the party started early is a joint venture between EBK Events and JRG Entertainment happening tomorrow night! Get your glad rags and dancing shoes on for The End of a Decade Masquerade Ball. With VIP guest appearances including Eric Adams (Brooklyn Borough President) and Yvette Clark (US Representative), Caribbean-infused complimentary appetizers and more, this event is not to be missed!

If you don’t want to spoil their foray into New Year’s, they can wait til 31st December and celebrate at the Le Crocodile, Wythe Hotel with a New Year’s Eve Dinner. Watch the ball drop and then check out the Lemon’s after-party where Boy Michi will be hosting a disco-inspired fete!

If you want to take a trip down memory lane or at least go back to how things were a century ago, there is the aptly themed Roaring 20s Party. Take a cab over to Bushwick and get your place at the Brooklyn Cider House before 10pm when the party starts. With a DJ and ball drop Times Square screening this dress up party will have you boogeying the night away til 2am! Cost $100.

And if you are up for doing anything the next day, why not bring in 2020 with the ever popular Coney Island Polar Bear Club swim? Come on down to Stillwell Avenue’s Boardwalk at 1pm donning warm clothes and old boots. Suggested donation of at least $25 for the benefit of the Coney Island community (and New York Aquarium). It really is a must-see (at least one time in your life) for locals and all swimmers will be given free admission to the New York Aquarium too.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Christmas: A Brighter Brooklyn

A bunch of local police officers have taken on a beautiful Christmas tradition over the last few years. Thanks to them, almost 100 kids will have their holiday season brightened with some wonderful Christmas gifts like other – more privileged – kids take for granted each year.

For those who happened to be at the Spring Creek (Gateway Drive)’s Target earlier this month, they would likely have bumped into some NYPD officers chaperoning kids from underprivileged families enjoying a much deserved shopping spree. One local 9 year old reported how he got a Mario Hot Wheel an other exciting gadgets. As Officer Sherry Levan-Lewis said:

“It’s an amazing, amazing experience as this is my first time and I’m so excited. Some children may not get the opportunity to go into a toy store. I love this and I’m sure the children are ecstatic about it and their hearts are beating really fast, as mine is.”

With $150 per kid, it really will be a brighter Brooklyn Christmas!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Kent Towers

With an abundance of light, green space and community amenities, the towers on Kent Avenue, Brooklyn are becoming a fabulous architectural landscape site. Architectural firm ODA is the brains behind this development taking a step away from classic New York residential towers.

In this Williamsburg project designs, most units come out as corner apartments. This is a fascinating way to please everyone since usually the four corner apartments are the most expensive due to their popularity. So ODA solves that issue.

“ODA is relatively new in the architectural playing field,” said Olivia McCormick who has long dabbled in architecture and interior design, mainly for her family and friends. “And that’s what makes its success and recognition so impressive. It’s designs are somewhat off the beaten track but they are gaining popularity at incredible speed.”

Corner apartments in this particular venue are even more welcome given the location – right alongside the waterfront. As such every unit is subject to incredible views that almost seep into their apartments.

“When I first saw the design and then thereafter the actual tower,” reminisces retired architect Moshe Victor Keinig, I was blown away. ODA really knows what they are doing. I would love to one day purchase a unit at the towers,” he added.

Who could blame him? With views of the east river, Williamsburg bridge and areas of Downtown Manhattan these really will be prime locations. The towers take up four addresses from 416-420 Kent Avenue. The first one on 416 is now finished and each one will have more than 20 stories with over 850 units. Affordable housing will comprise 20 percent of this (those will be the only ones not in the corner status).

Sunday, November 17, 2019

New York Festival for Motherless Brooklyn

At the recent 2019 New York Film Festival premiere of Motherless Brooklyn, Ed Norton spoke to Emerson Unger about the movie.  It tells the story of lonely private detective Lionel Essrog (whom Norton plays) and his life with Tourette Syndrome and how he tries to solve the murder of his mentor and one friend, Frank Minna (played by Bruce Willis).

Friday, November 1, 2019

Kensington: One of NY’s “Best Kept Secrets?”

Why do people choose to live in Kensington, Brooklyn? According to, the area is Brooklyn’s “best kept secret [providing] a balanced setting fit for all, nestled in New York City’s most beloved borough.” Here we take a look at some of the reasons why this might be true.

First, in recent news it was found that at 264 Webster Avenue (just off of Ocean Parkway), an apartment complex has been described as one of the “hottest” buildings in New York. A report from Property Shark found it to have been one of 2019’s top 15 best selling buildings between January and June. In sales it came in at number 8, securing the sale of 37 deals in six months at a $614,000 median unit price. the building has recently added some attractive amenities including a gym, spa for pets and rooftop terrace with outdoor showers.

With a population of just under 58,000, Kings County Kensington features many eateries, green space and an above average education system. A couple of years ago local resident Mimi O’Connor decided to buy in Kensington too. Of her search to find a place to live she explained:

“We ended up in Kensington, just south of Park Slope and Windsor Terrace, in a compact three-bedroom attached house with a porch and a small concrete-paved space in back. I had passed through, but did not know the area well. Now that I’m here, there are many reasons why I love my new home base, but that’s different from why I chose to live here in the first place.”

Her reasons became: the schools in District 15; the house prices (a listing of $497 from Streeteasy per square foot – less than half of Gowanus and Park Slope); the many public transportation options in particular, the subway; an ability to own some outdoor space; and ultimately the fact that they loved Brooklyn for its familiarity, architecture and that all the basics are on their doorstep.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Local Business Events

The MREA Business Planning Clinic is taking place in just a few days’ time (October 21st at Leonard’s Palazzo on Northern Boulevard). This event (from 9am to 1pm) is free for anyone interested in starting their own real estate company or want to develop an existing one.

Team Leader Michael Brown is the host. Click here for more information.