Alfa Motors: A Neighborhood Story of Old Meets New

Alfa Motors has been on Hicks Street between Union and Sackett since 1982 and has gone through several big changes since that year, including new ownership, a new business model and (just last month!) a complete make over of the interior. All of this begins with a heartwarming story of two strangers, Ami and Sal, […]

The Ultimate Guide to Brooklyn’s Columbia Street Waterfront District

We were delighted when we came across this guide to our cozy corner of Brooklyn, the Columbia Street Waterfront District, put out by What Should We Do.  And then pleasantly surprised to see that they linked to one of our blog posts from a few years back. Back in 2016 we wrote a blog about the […]

Stand with Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Opposing Zoning Changes.

Does the sound of allowing 39 story buildings to cast a shadow over Brooklyn Botanic Garden appalling? Many Brooklyn residents definitely think so does the Brooklyn Botanic Garden organization. A new proposed zoning change could make this a reality and for community members who oppose it. The BBG has posted a petition. Read more below! A proposed […]

Spotlight on Brooklyn Slate Company!

Here at Realty Collective we love to share any events, new info, or ideas from other local Brooklyn-based businesses. We are committed to supporting our community of small businesses. With big box stores moving in all the time, we need to stick together! Read about Brooklyn Slate, our neighbors in Red Hook, below! Our slate […]

For Better Or Worse the L-Train Is In Service by Francesca Girardi

Will it shut down, will it not? The question was hanging over 250,000 of the city’s commuters for what seemed like a lifetime. April was coming quickly, closing in on the residents and business owners alike. Williamsburg experienced declining rental demand and increasing vacancies. People were able to negotiate better deals than they ever could […]

CSF Mermaid’s Garden Moving Pick-Up Locations.

We had been hosting Mermaid’s Garden, a community supported fishery, out of our space at 351 Van Brunt Street over the years and were so happy to do so. They’ve recently found a new space in the neoghborhood that works better for them during the winter months. Read below! Starting this coming Saturday, December 8, we’ll be […]

New Childcare Coming to Cobble Hill.

Eladia’s Kids is a family-run daycare and early education program that has been in Brooklyn for more than 40 years. Two new locations are opening up soon. One is in Greenpoint and one is in Cobble Hill (photo above). The 283 Court Street location, at the corner of Douglass, will be set up for accepting […]

Tips for Year End Tax Planning.

Right now we all have shopping lists and recipes on our mind during this holiday season. After the chaos had died down, however, and everyone has their resolutions in order the next thing on many “to do” lists is getting their taxes in order. 2018 is the first year the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, […]

Donate to These Local Organizations Today!

On this Giving Tuesday we are thinking of our local Brooklyn organizations, who have been working as partners with us and contributing to our community. We’ve been  sponsoring events for PortSideNY for several years now and cherish our relationship. We hope to continue our alliance for years to come. And we’re thrilled about our very recent partnership […]

Amazon’s New Headquarters by Shyda Hoque

After a 14 month competition by cities across North America, Amazon decided to split its HQ2 with Long Island City, Queens and Crystal City, Virginia. According to their blog post  Amazon will invest 2.5 billion each to both locations and will create 50,000 new jobs. The new campus in Queens will be  in a energy-efficient space and will span […]