Spotlight on Weeksville Heritage Center by Shyda Hoque

Have you taken a tour of the Weeksville Heritage Center off of the A stop at Utica yet?  The center is celebrating 50 years and is one of the few remaining historic sites of pre-Civil War African American communities. James Weeks, along with several other African American investors, purchased land in response to the 1826 […]

Hamilton Creator Helps Washington Heights Bar Renew Lease by Shyda Hoque

​After seeing so many vacant shops and restaurants around town, I started a trivia contest that included photos prompting people to “name the empty storefront” a few years ago. I am elated to know that one beloved business managed to stay put with help from friends including Lin Manuel Miranda. It was uplifting to see […]

New Food Shopping Option in Fort Greene by Shyda Hoque

As 2018 has begun and resolutions have been made, thoughts of a healthy new year will be on the mind of many.  Ft. Greene and the Downtown Brooklyn area will have another grocery store to look to for fresh produce and smoothie ingredients as the first east coast outpost of Whole Foods 365 will open this […]

Brooklyn Holiday Market Guide by Shyda Hoque

The holiday season is officially here and it is time to get your Secret Santa something special! While you could find something on Amazon in five minutes you could also go on an adventure and meet with the makers of a handcrafted gift. The holiday markets in NYC offer consumers the opportunity to find that […]

How a $3 Per Day Charge Will Affect the Renter in NYC. by Shyda Hoque

Streeteasy has been the “go to” for NYC real estate since I started working in 2010.  The New York City-based website launched in 2005 and really changed the game and certainly leveled the playing field for small brokerages to compete with the established firms. The Realty Collective website fed to Streeteasy back in 2010 and […]

Abhaya Yoga opens in Gowanus by Shyda Hoque

Abhaya Yoga opened their second location in Gowanus at 43D 9th Street on September 15th, which a short stroll from the Smith and 9th Street subway stop. This expansion has been in the works for a few years and, after looking at several locations, Abhaya has finally opened in a 5,300 square foot space.  It’s a great retreat from […]

Food Courts In Brooklyn by Shyda Hoque

I’m sure you have seen many empty storefronts throughout the city due to the high commercial rents.  One way that many independent restaurants have been able to thrive has been through the renaissance of the food court. Many are choosing to rent a stand and a van to save on the cost of rent of […]

Mike Errico’s Album Release Party Tonight by Shyda Hoque

What are you doing tonight? How about heading over to the Lower East Side to see indie rock singer and songwriter Mike Errico? Our friend and client, Mike Errico, has just released his 8th studio album, Minor Fits!!  He has poured his heart and soul into this album and will be playing tonight! The show starts at 7pm at Rockwood […]

Books Are Magic is Coming by Shyda Hoque

Smith Street has been a bit of a ghost town lately if you walk past Bergen.  Many retail spaces sit empty and it has been painful for locals who used to see commercial spaces thrive on this famed street. There are only so many banks, big retail shops and chain drug stores one can stroll […]

The RC Team Marches on NYC and DC!

We couldn’t be prouder of our Realty Collective family, who energetically participated at the Women’s March on DC and it’s sister March on NYC.  RC’s Victoria, Tina, Nils, Shyda, Brice, Chelsea, Tania and Liz A. were chanting among the enormous crowds on Saturday. It was an incredibly powerful experience that we will never forget and looking […]