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Ditmas Park is a neighborhood in western Flatbush in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, east of Kensington – which explains where it is but not the details that make it such a unique place! Ditmas Park is home to one of the largest collections of Victorian homes in the United States. Once the home of movie stars and millionaires, the remnants of that time fill the streets of the officially designated Historic District for all residents to enjoy.

The Ditmas Park Historic District includes 172 buildings, mostly residential, built between 1902 and 1914. Marvelous architectural and designs include Colonial Revival, Bungalow/Craftsman, Tudors, Swiss Chalets, and Queen Anne single-family homes. The District also includes the stunning brick

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Little Italy

Little Italy is a neighborhood in New York City located in lower Manhattan, bounded by Tribeca to the west, Chinatown to the south, the Lower East Side to the east, and Nolita to the north. In the 1880s, large populations of immigrants from Naples and Sicily moved into the area, creating a neighborhood with vibrant Italian culture, vestiges of which remain to this day. Though the area was once expansive, today the neighborhood consists of only a few blocks along Mulberry Street.

Little Italy is a wonderful area to visit, live in, or invest in. Little Italy has a number of historic businesses and restaurants to check out –most notably Angelo’s or Puglia’s, which have been around since 1919. The area is a great respite from the

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The Flatiron District in NYC

The Flatiron Building - one of the oldest original skyscrapers - is an iconic sight in New York City, featured in movies, television, and photographs for years. And around this unique location is an incredible neighborhood of fine dining, shopping, culture, history, and education.

Named for the triangular 22-story landmark, the Flatiron District also houses the Met Life Tower and its incredible 700-foot marble clock tower. Nearby, on the site of the old Madison Square Garden, is the New York Life Building, built in 1928 and designed by Cass Gilbert, with a square tower topped by a striking gilded pyramid. There’s also the stunning display of statuary adorning the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court on

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 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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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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brighton-beach

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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Little Italy Real Estate DeFalco RealtyLittle Italy is a neighborhood of New York City located in lower Manhattan, bounded by Tribeca to the west, Chinatown to the south, the Lower East Side to the east, and Nolita to the north. In the 1880s, large populations of immigrants from Naples and Sicily moved into the area, creating a neighborhood with vibrant Italian culture, vestiges of which remain to this day. Though the area was once expansive, today the neighborhood consists of only a few blocks along Mulberry Street.

Though recent surges of new boutiques, cafes, and bars have changed the old-world feel of Little Italy, there are still a number of historic businesses and restaurants to check out –most notably Angelo’s or Puglia’s, which has been around since 1919. The area is a great respite

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20160108230411795387000000-oBeautiful custom-built one-family with a fully furnished basement! Large eat-in kitchen with an island, granite countertops, family room with a fireplace and a combo living room/dining room with a half bathroom! Sliders to the deck, hardwood floors throughout the bedroom. Level 2 is the master bedroom with private bath, walk-in closet, two more bedrooms and a full bath, and washer/dryer hookups! 20160108225920466410000000-o Located in the Huguenot neighborhood, be prepared to provide directions to friends and family. Located on Staten Island's South Shore, it’s secluded and sheltered by wooded parkland giving the impression of a personal retreat. Homes for sale in Huguenot that aren’t waterfront are more modest in price, but all homes benefit from the spectacular Wolfe’s Pond Park –

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