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Parks & Recreation in Brooklyn : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Mar 12, 2015
Daria Kolomiiets answered:
While Brooklyn's Crown Heights used to be infamous for its high poverty and crime rates, the neighborhood is experiencing a much-deserved revival thanks to its lovely architecture and incredible cultural attractions like the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Museum and the northeastern edge of Prospect Park. ... more
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Mon Jul 28, 2014
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Tue Mar 26, 2013
Jenet Levy answered:
Congrats on knowing that, Luke. It's about 40 years since I read that book and I didn't live in Brooklyn then.
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Tue Mar 26, 2013
Jenet Levy answered:
I'd have to say 3 green spaces. Albert is right - Prospect Park and the Botanical Gardens for sure, but Greenwood Cemetary is a big green space as well. It's not a gloomy place, nor was it ever. Before there were parks, Victorian people picnicked in the cemetary and enjoyed the foliage and the statues. There are many notable people buried there. There are concerts held there and some great themed walking tours. I once went on a Halloween walking tour visiting the some of the more notorious long-term residents. Also notable is that the cemetary is the only part of Brooklyn that retains its original form - never leveled or artificial slopes put it. It's the way it was since the beginning of time.

Jenet Levy
Halstead Property, LLC
212 381-4268
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Wed Feb 6, 2013
Narodny Team answered:
The Red Hook Recreation Are on Hallack street should work out just fine.
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Thu Jan 17, 2013
Luke Constantino answered:
You know they just opened the walkway... Right?

For all the latest news go to this site:

Luke Constantino
Douglas Elliman Real Estate
M: (212) 300-3919
F: (917) 369-2690
325 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
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Tue Jan 15, 2013
Scott Olsen answered:
If you're looking for a quick inexpensive ski day, especially for beginners and youngsters, Bousquet Ski area is located right off of route 7 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
While the slopes are not too challenging and the mountain itself is rather small, the cost is sometimes 30% or less than the larger, more populated mountains. There are lessons, rentals, tubing, cheap food (not too healthy, but hey, you're exercising!), a restaurant for better food and lots of shopping in Lenox, Pittsfield and Lee (outlet mall) if the weather turns against you.

A 1/2 hour closer, Catamount Ski, located on the New York/Mass border is right outside of Hillsdale, New York. More challenging and more expensive, it's trails are pretty well groomed.

Catamount is 2-1/2 hours from Brooklyn, Bousquet is 3.
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Wed Oct 24, 2012
Joseph Runfola answered:
Learn about your Community Board. Community Boards are local representative bodies. There are 59 throughout the City. Each Board consists of up to 50 members appointed by the Borough President, with half nominated by the City Council Members who represent the community district. Board members are selected by the Borough Presidents from among active, involved people of each community, with an effort made to assure that every neighborhood is represented. Board members must reside, work, or have some other significant interest in the community.
Boards meet once each month. At these meetings, members address items of concern to the community. Board meetings are open to the public, and a portion of each meeting is reserved for the Board to hear from members of the public. In addition, Boards regularly conduct public hearings - on the City's budget, on land use matters, and other major issues - to give the people of the community the opportunity to express their opinions.
Board committees do most of the planning and work on the issues that are acted on at Board meetings. Each Board establishes the committee structure and procedures it feels will best meet the needs of its district. Non-Board members may apply to join or work on Board committees.
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Fri Jul 27, 2012
Joseph Runfola answered:
McCarren Poool in the news again!
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Thu Feb 11, 2010
Shai Megiddo answered:
Hello Jodie,
I couldn't find the home listed anywhere...... where did you see it for sale?

I looked at the property records and the owner is listed as an individual...... therefore not owned by the bank.

"St Johns park" and "Lincoln Terrace park" are very close to the property.

Hope that helps.
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Mon Jan 18, 2010
Joseph Runfola answered:
Brooklyn's third-oldest park is named for Charles Carroll (1737-1832), an American Revolutionary leader and signer of the Declaration of Independence, for whom Carroll Street is also named. He served in the Continental Congress from 1776-78 and represented Maryland in the Senate from 1789-92. Carroll, whose family emigrated to the Maryland colony from Ireland, is the only Roman Catholic to have signed the Declaration of Independence.

The park originated in the late 1840s as a private community garden shortly after much of the neighborhood, which now comprises the Carroll Gardens Historical District, was laid out by surveyor Richard Butt. The land was acquired for use as a public park by the City of Brooklyn in 1853. It was first improved around 1870 when a drainage system was installed, a children's playground was built, and new walks were laid. Subsequent renovations in the 1890s, 1930s, and 1960s introduced new design features and playgrounds, which increased opportunities for active recreation.

In 1994 Carroll Park underwent a $1.3 million capital reconstruction and redesign, funded by Borough President Golden. Improvements included new plantings, reorganization of the playspaces and the installation of play equipment. The historic character of the park was also restored with decorative cast iron gates and fencing that echo the fences of neighborhood brownstones and motifs on the bronze and granite Soldier and Sailors World War I Monument (1920) by sculptor Eugene H. Morahan that was conserved under the same project.

Community involvement in the programming, maintenance, and preservation of the park has been ensured by the Committee to Improve Carroll Park (first formed in 1975), in partnership with City of New York/Parks & Recreation.
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Tue Jan 5, 2010
Joseph Runfola answered:
In addition to Asser Levy Park, there is Kaiser Park
Address: Neptune Avenue between West 24th Street & Bayview Avenue, Coney Island Creek
Type: Off-Leash
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Sun Jul 5, 2009
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
anthony santangelo answered:
There are several small parks and playgrounds in the Fort Greene area the Grandaddy of parks is Washington Park. With it’s outdoor concerts and festivals there is always plenty to do.
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Sonni Woodbury answered:
Kensington is walking distance to Prospect Park, and the Kensington Stables. Plus, there are additional playgrounds as well. One such playground, newly renovated, is located at E. 5th St and Greenwood Avenue. There are some dog runs within Prospect Park, as well as running paths. ... more
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Sonni Woodbury answered:
Park Slope is right next to Prospect Park, a park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, who also created Central Park. Used by 8 million visitors a year, this is one of New York City's crown jewels. Bolstered by a 20 year plan to restore the park to its original state, you can find beautiful waterfalls, walking paths and greens spread through the park. You can also arrange a tour of the Colonial Quaker cemetary if you wish. And with al that, there are still baseball fields, open greens where families picnic (fire allowed in special areas only) and bikers roam. Dogs are allowed, and can be off leash in the early morning and evening. There is a ring road which is used by both cars and bicyclists. Restaurants, especially along trendy 5th Ave, are excellent and they range in both style and cost. From Bistros to Indian Food to barbeque, you will find it here. ... more
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Sonni Woodbury answered:
Prospect Heights borders Prospect Park, one of the largest parks and recreational areas in all the five boroughs. Prospect Park has a large variety of venues, recreational and musical events during the year, including the Prospect Park Zoo. There are dog runs and an actual dog lake, that is open to pet owners in the early morning hours. You can go to the park to run, bike, skate or picnic. Additionally, the Central Public Library, Brooklyn Museum and Botanical Gardens all border Prospect Heights. ... more
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