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No news about the cost of living in New York City—and in Brooklyn more than ever—is shocking. It all ends in: This is a largely insupportable place to exist comfortably. DNAinfo just reported 40 percent of New Yorkers say they can't afford to live here (according to a Quinnipiac University poll) and, indeed, Brooklyn itself is among the least affordable places to be a home owner in the country. While it was Manhattan a decade ago...
It is almost not newsworthy to report that, in the third quarter of 2016, the average cost of homes in Brooklyn rose over the same period from the year before. And, in a Real Estate Board of New York report, we are told that all five boroughs became more expensive places to home shop in the span of a year—most telling, however, is where Brooklyn prices shot up the most. In Ocean Hill/Brownsville, just Northwest of East New York, average condo prices saw the...
  Handsome streets lined with stately trees and brownstones, just a few F stops from Manhattan; an increasing number of high-end retailers like Rag & Bone; an entire store dedicated to giving sugar fixes to children, called Sugar Shop; and one of the city's best restaurants—La Vara—and most charming green spaces—Coble Hill Park—all, as expected, make Cobble Hill an outlandishly expensive place to buy a home. And now this has become so true that market rates...
By all accounts, the Gowanus Canal was a clean waterway when it was built in 1849. But the industry that it supported, and the combined wet weather and sewage overflows that emptied into it at 10 bank-side locations, made it, to put it lightly, dirtier. In 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency designated the canal a Superfund site. Just a year prior, in 2009, developer Toll Brothers Inc. initiated a zoning change to the canal's waterfront...

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