August 2016

There are 8 blog entries for August 2016.

 And with that, we'll announce that Robert DeFalco, owner of DeFalco Realty in Grasmere, is the 2016 Fig Fest Grand Marshal — congratulations, Robert!

Via Pamela Silvestri for Staten Island Live.

And so it is!! Staten Island Advance yesterday announced the exciting news that our very own Robert DeFalco is this year’s Staten Island Fig Fest Grand Marshal!! Fig Fest is a relatively new event, having begun in 2010, but it is already a Staten Island staple.

Fig Fest has outgrown its original location at the Turtle Fountain in Midland Beach and has since been held in several places on Staten Island, with an ever-growing audience of Fig lovers and Gardening enthusiasts! This year, for the first time, the festival has incorporated the title of

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 A beautiful ALL BRICK two-family home featuring well-appointed amenities!

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Enjoy the renovated eat-in kitchen with granite countertops! The home also offers formal living and dining rooms, 3 bedrooms, a full finished basement, and 1 ¾ baths!

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This property also boasts a two car heated garage with dehumidifier, new windows, newer roof and hot water tank.

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There’s ALSO a two bedroom, one bath rental unit with hardwood floors throughout!

Call Monique Tufano at 917-509-0624, or Salvatore Taormina at 718-938-0662!!

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 This spacious two bedroom co-op features hardwood and tiled floors throughout!

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It boasts 2 full baths and an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances!

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$740 monthly fees include outside maintenance, sewer, and real estate taxes.

Call Cynthia Dgheim at 718-344-7136!

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Originally a farming community, Colts Neck traces its roots back to the early 1700's, when the community was called Scobeyville (now a section of the town). Many people choose to move to Colts Neck due to its open space and proximity to the Jersey Shore, while still being within commuting distance of NYC.

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The township's strict zoning ordinances have long kept out urban development and chain stores. The community has no traffic lights or sidewalks, no multifamily housing, and no sewage or water systems. Colts Neck has long been known for its large number of equestrian farms. Colts Neck has a dozen horse farms, where thoroughbreds are raised and trained, and even more hobby (or gentleman’s) farms.

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The township has a Farmland Preservation Committee…
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 Considered a part of South Brooklyn until 1964, Carroll Gardens takes its name from the deep front gardens through most of the neighborhood, and Revolutionary War veteran (and signer of the Declaration of Independence) Charles Carroll.

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These famous gardens are an unusual feature in most Brooklyn brownstones, and are often bordered by decorative wrought-iron fences and occasionally ornamented with the Madonna statuettes that some call “Mary on the half shell.”

Originally settled by Irish immigrants, who were followed by Norwegian immigrants, Carroll Gardens became an enclave of Italians in the late 19th century. The proportion of Italian-Americans has been dropping for decades, according to census data, from 52 percent in 1980 to 22 percent by…
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bkbrgDUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Underpass) was originally a ferry landing in a major industrial and manufacturing district. It has since become an upscale residential and shopping community, one of Brooklyn's most buzz-worthy neighborhoods.

From its roots in 18th century industry, the area once featured warehouses, factories, and even a small, local railroad that ran through the Belgian block streets. empire-stores-dumbo-brooklyn-then-and-now

Today you’ll find the warehouses turned to shopping centers and the factories turned to lofts. (For more incredible pictures of DUMBO then and now, click here.) Some things, however, remain unchanged…

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DUMBO is one of NYC’s premiere arts districts, as well as the city’s largest tech hub, with over 500 tech and creative companies. It also

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At the southern end of Brooklyn, you’ll find the oceanside neighborhood of Brighton Beach. This large community is the destination for many New Yorkers in the summer months, flocking to Coney Island and local beaches.

Before being developed in the 1860’s, the sandy terrain of Brighton Beach was mostly farmland. Then in 1868, a resort named “Brighton Beach” was built, and a vacation community was born. West_Brighton,_Brooklyn,_ca._1872-1887._(5832942307)

In the early 20th century, Brighton Beach was redeveloped thanks in part to rebuilding of the railway and integration into the NYC Subway system. It has become a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood.

Brighton Beach residents have their pick of a diverse menu of restaurants, cafes, shopping and bars. The community also offers excellent schools,

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We told you recently that great pictures will help sell your home faster. It’s true, especially in the online age where visual is everything and first impressions are usually all you get before potential buyers click to the next house in the slideshow.

We also told you that while your real estate professional will gladly help you, we are not necessarily skilled photographers, and our cameras or phones are of varied quality. So how about we get some expert advice from photographer Paul Kohlman via Stauffer and Sons!

De-Clutter Your Home!

This is something we keep repeating. It’s as important for the photographs as it is for the showing! Other people really don’t want to see your stuff when they look at their potential home.

Most people…
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