Women-Owned Brooklyn Business #3: Rita by Shyda Hoque

Have you stopped by Rita in Red Hook? Mary Ellen Amato who was the former executive chef at Court Street Grocers decided to pursue the solo project at the former home/made spot at 293 Van Brunt. Rita is an inviting space with delicious Spanish influenced items including:  Torrijas (Spanish French Toast), La Mallorquina and a porridge […]

Roundtable Discussion for First-Time Homebuyers with Jane and Shyda!

We love working with first-time home buyers and are looking forward to having an open discussion about making the transition from renter to homeowner. Our goal for this roundtable is to demystify the process and help to get you the most out of your purchase. We’ll examine what you’ll need to consider before you buy […]

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 […]