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Real Estate Cheat Sheet: Could Carroll Gardens Get a Homeless Shelter?

Plus, rental prices in brownstone Brooklyn still better than Manhattan; a peek behind the doors of one actress's Cobble Hill pad.


Miss a headline this week? It happens. Here is a cheat sheet to a few of the more noteworthy real-estate stories regarding Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill. 

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Homeless Shelter Eyes Carroll Gardens 

Housing Solutions USA/Aguila Inc. has submitted a proposal to the Department of Homeless Services to open a homeless shelter at 165 W. 9th St., between Court Street and Hamilton Avenue, reported DNAInfo on Wednesday. The agency, which opened a similarly small, 400-bed homeless shelter on West 59th Street in Manhattan earlier this year, is already receiving pushback from Carroll Gardeners worried about the shelter's impact on safety. The proposal will be presented in an informational meeting with Community Board 6 in the near future.

Brooklyn Rentals More Expensive Than Manhattan? Fuggedaboudit

Those looking for more square footage per dollar are better off in Brooklyn, according to a report released by Prudential Douglas Elliman. Despite the media frenzy around everything trés Brooklyn, the average price for a rental in even the borough's most coveted 'hoods in September was $2,548, roughly $29.68 per square foot, as opposed to $52.60 in Manhattan. Brooklyn wins again.

Cobble Hill, Still Alluring After All These Years

Last weekend the New York Times Real Estate section wrote a love letter to the 21-block neighborhood, citing its landmarked buildings, quiet streets and, in some parts, "dollhouse"-like scale. If you have a few minutes, it's a nice ego boost. But there is no new information presented for anyone who already lives here.

...Speaking of, Cobble Hill Actress Opens Up Her Apt. for L Magazine

If you're like us, then there are no limits to your real-estate voyeurism. This week, L Magazine was able to get inside the home of former Smallville actress Allison Mack, to share a slideshow featuring her bohemian daybed, flora-filled deck, original trim accents, and collection of globes. Quirky!

Paul Leonard October 11, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Used to live directly across the street at 154... One thing to keep in mind is that this building has been an abandoned, scratchiti eyesore for quite some time.
Zeke October 11, 2012 at 09:00 PM
It seems that despite due process, Housing Solutions USA/Aguila Inc. has already moved beds into the building as of 10/11/12. Workers are busy making repairs and Carroll Gardens residents are being sold out by their elected officials. This facility will add people to a area already teeming with loitering individuals from the two nearby methadone clinics. Is this how you rebuild a struggling area? This end of Carroll Gardens doesn't have any $3 million townhouses. In fact an individual was shot by police near here in a prostitution sting a few weeks ago. Call Councilman Brad Lander's office at (718)499-1090 and voice your concerns about the potential for more crime.
Lozlo Toth October 12, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Zeke is correct... The area was on an upswing, small business, etc. Now this set-back. I am an owner and am dismayed by what I see during the day and night. Aimless souls, rag pickers... a throwback to the 1970"s. Brad.....WAKE UP. EARN YOU PAY!!!
Amy Sara Clark October 12, 2012 at 03:28 AM
People were very concerned when a homeless shelter was planned for Dean Street in Prospect Heights (since knocked down for the Barclays Parking lot). However, it turned out to be totally fine. Looked a lot nicer than the abandoned buildings that were there and there was a enclosed courtyard for residents, I believe, so there was never anyone hanging out on the street. At the time I lived a short block from there and you would never even know it was a homeless shelter from the outside.
Joanna Prisco (Editor) October 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM
CB6 has announced that it will hold a public informational session concerning the 170-bed homeless shelter proposed for 165 W. 9th St. on Oct. 24.
Jim Somoza October 14, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Housing Solutions USA plans to operate a shelter for individuals at 9th Street but they have no experience running shelters for individuals. They currently only operate shelters for families which are much easier to operate than shelters for individuals and don't have many of the issues that go along with shelters for individuals. Their lack of experience creates too much of a risk to the community because a poorly run shelter for individuals will inflict great harm to the community and its residents. Go to their website at http://www.housingsolutionsusa... and you'll see that every one of their shelters is identified as being for families, not individuals. So it's either true that they have no experience with shelters for individuals or they are lying to the other communities about the true nature of their current shelters. Either answer should disqualify them from operating a shelter in our community.
Janette Vinci October 16, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Contact Daniel Squadron and voice your opinion. I have 2 young girls and the thought of a men's homeless shelter nearby is quite scary. http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/daniel-l-squadron/contact

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