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Ami Underground

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 at 9:20 pm

Next time you’re on the 2 train, totally riveted by an article in The Times, and think nobody is paying attention — think again. You just might be the subject of a new series of drawings by Brooklyn-based illustrator Ami Plasse. Ami, a resident of neighboring Brooklyn Heights, has been drawing on the train on and off for the past 11 years and finally began publishing his drawings on a blog — appropriately named — Ami Underground. His expressive sketches take ‘people watching’ to a new level and capture the unique mix of characters and fleeting moments that are quintessentially New York.

Ami’s talents aren’t limited to his subway sketchbook. Check out his complete portfolio of design, illustration and animation at

Posted in Neighborhood
by lori

Resident Spotlight: Pamela Quinn & The Sweet Divines

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 at 9:29 pm

When it seems like all that’s going on in the music industry is Britney’s custody battle and Amy Winehouse’s drug habit, it’s easy to forget about all the not-yet-discovered talents out there. Lucky for us at 53 Boerum, one of them lives right here in the building!

Pamela Quinn is 1/4 of The Sweet Divines, a quartet of strong, soul-singing women (don’t dare call them a girl group) who will blow you away with their amazing vocals, unique ’60s vibe, and adorably matching wardrobe. There’s no production smoke-and-mirrors here, people. These ladies can just sing.

Check out their site at and don’t miss their upcoming show at Union Hall on February 16. Their recent show at Magnetic Field sold out, so get your tickets early. And while you’re at it check out some sample MP3s, especially Honeythistle. I can’t get it out of my head!

by lori

Lights, Camera, Brooklyn!

Friday, September 28th, 2007 at 8:01 pm

Who needs Hollywood? The stars are out in full force in Brooklyn these days! Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher were recently spotted filming a movie all over DUMBO. Brad and Angelina have set up shop in NYC as he films “Burn After Reading” in our very own Brooklyn Heights — one of our friends had a George Clooney sighting today on Hicks and Clark on the set of the same movie. A few weeks ago, “The Wackness” starring Ben Kingsley and Mary-Kate Olsen was filming right outside 53BP. Anybody got any star sightings and/or pics to share?

Posted in Neighborhood
by matthew

Stay Cool at the Floating Pool

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007 at 8:18 pm

Looking for ways to beat the heat this August? Look no further than the Floating Pool, docked between Piers 4 and 5 near Furman Street at the future site of Brooklyn Bridge Park — and only about a 10-12 minute walk from 53BP. The pool, open 7 days a week, offers 1 1/2 hour sessions (but you need a wristband to get in) and can accommodate up to 175 swimmers… best of all, admission is FREE! Athletic types will love the nearby “beach” volleyball courts and recently added yoga classes sponsored by Equinox Fitness. Check it out!

Posted in Neighborhood
by matthew

Trader Friggin Joe’s!

Friday, August 3rd, 2007 at 10:47 am

This isn’t exactly breaking news, but when you hear about something that is too good to be true, you have to give it a little while to sink in. Trader Joe’s, the eclectic and upscale grocery with down-to-earth prices isn’t just moving into Brooklyn, it’s moving in two blocks away from 53Boerum!

While there has never been a shortage of excellent grocery and food options in the neighborhood: Sahadi’s, Garden of Eden, Key Food, Pacific Green Gourmet and the farmers market at Borough Hall, Trader Joe’s has been our holy grail of grocery collection for some time now.

There’s something about dining on dried blueberries and wine…

Posted in Neighborhood
by matthew

NYTIMES: Smith Street & the Corporate Takeover

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007 at 1:03 pm

Photographs by Robert Wright for The New York Times
Nice little article about the ever changing offerings of Smith Street in The New York Times. - Thanks to neighbor Tina for the tip!

Posted in Neighborhood
by matthew

Walk Score = 95%

Sunday, July 29th, 2007 at 6:19 pm

If you live in a metropolitan area (or you are thinking about living in one), it’s time you met Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. and allows for a whole lot of friendly competition between friends and co-workers.

Seems that 53 Boerum landed ourselves a 95 out of a possible 100, not too shabby!

Posted in Neighborhood
by matthew

Boulevard East in the NY Times

Saturday, April 14th, 2007 at 8:29 pm

Neighbors Katie and Brad alerted me that the NY Times article I was interviewed for was indeed on newsstands today! The article, featured in the Real Estate section of the April 14 issue, is a love letter to our blossoming residential Downtown Brooklyn neighborhood and highlights all the reasons it is such a great place to live. The Times deems Downtown the next big thing in Brooklyn real estate. Cheers to us for getting in early! Read the article here.

Photo courtesy of Uli Seit, NY Times.

Posted in Site News
by lori

Sunday in the Park with Cooper

Saturday, March 10th, 2007 at 10:30 pm

OK, OK, I promise not every post will be about our new son. But with spring creeping up on us oh-so-quickly, I can’t help but get excited about taking the little guy to one of the great parks in our neighborhood. One of my personal favorites has always been Cobble Hill Park on Clinton and Congress… this well-kept greenspace is tucked away next to the most adorable residential street (Verandah Place), and has plenty of tables where you can often see older gentleman playing dominoes in harmony with young professionals clicking away on their laptops. There’s a small playground area, and plenty of benches on which to just sit back and enjoy the weather. It’s total perfection for a sunny spring day. What are some of your favorite parks? Any tips to share on which are family-friendly?

Posted in Neighborhood
by lori

Resident Spotlight: Cooper

Thursday, March 1st, 2007 at 8:50 pm

Calling all tiny ladies of 53 Boerum… there’s a handsome new man in town! We at are pleased to introduce you to the newest resident, our son Cooper. Us proud parents can be seen strollin’ with the little guy around the building. Stop by and say hello!

by lori