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What are houses selling for in Marine Park?

Of course you want to know what the houses cost in Marine Park.

Here's a sampling of prices in the waterfront southeast Brooklyn neighborhood:

* An LLC whose authorized member is Ephraim Vashovsky paid $355,000 for 3702 Quentin Road in July 2013, city Finance Department records indicate. This is the house on the corner of East 37th Street where the lawn has grown so high, it almost looks like the prairie grass in Marine Park's nature preserve. See related story.


The Marine Park nature preserve is calling your name

Hear that whisper in the wind?

It's the rustle of prairie grasses calling your name. Right here in B'KLYN.

Perhaps it's time to play hooky from work and head for the hiking trail in Marine Park's nature preserve. This is where a glorious grassland grows green, and shore birds swoop in and out of the waters alongside a salt marsh.


Hendrick I. Lott House is a Marine Park treasure

Once upon a time, before the Revolutionary War, there was a farm here in the neighborhood now known as Marine Park.

The farmhouse from the 1720s lives on. A section of it was incorporated into a house built by Hendrick I. Lott in 1800.

The historic property at 1940 E. 36th St. — which is a city landmark — is one of the neighborhood treasures that makes a visit to Marine Park worthwhile. See related story to read more about it.

By 1825, the Lotts' farm was 200 acres in size.


Escape the hipsters, head for Marine Park

Escape the hipsters. Head for Marine Park.

The neighborhood and the vast city park that shares its name are great antidotes when the summertime scene in Brooklyn's hipster neighborhoods starts to seem annoying.

We've said it before and we'll say it again: We love hipster Brooklyn. But sometimes people need a break from it, and that goes for the hipsters as well as Middle-Aged Persons like us.


Leaders of Brownsville-based gang convicted of racketeering, murder

This past Thursday, following approximately eight weeks of trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn returned guilty verdicts against Paul Rivera and Michael Garrett on charges of racketeering, murder, sex trafficking, narcotics trafficking, money laundering and witness tampering.


Asian-American community applauds mayor on Lunar New Year school closing

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to have New York’s public schools observe the Lunar New Year holiday is a sign of the growing political clout of the city’s Asian-American community, according to political observers, who noted that the mayor’s decision came after intense pressure from advocates.

The mayor announced on Tuesday that from now on, public schools will be closed in observance of the Lunar New Year, a major holiday celebrated by Asian-Americans.


Brooklyn pols join fight for Lunar New Year school holiday

With the growth of the Asian-American population in New York City over the past several years, the school system has seen a sharp rise in the number of Asian-American students, according to Southwest Brooklyn elected officials and political leaders, who said Asians now account for 15 percent of the student population.

The numbers are even more striking in communities like Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights and Sunset Park, where Asian-American students comprise over 50 percent of the school population. 


City names Gravesend corner in memory of teen program founder

A Gravesend woman who founded a program for teenagers at her local church and served as a mentor to hundreds of neighborhood young people over the years was posthumously honored by New York City which officially dedicated a new street sign in her name.

A sign declaring the corner of Avenue W and East 2nd Street as “Barbara Dattilo Way” was unveiled during a ceremony on Sunday attended by members of her family, leaders of the teen group she founded, and priests from her parish, Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church.


A prehistoric resident survives in Brooklyn

Early each summer, the sands of Plumb Beach, in South Brooklyn, become scattered with lovers. At high tide, you can find them clutching one another in passionate embrace where the gentle waves of Jamaica Bay lap the sand. It may sound like the beach makeout scene in "From Here to Eternity," but you won't see anyone who looks even remotely like Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr rolling around on the sand.


Learning Leaders group promotes parental involvement

The key to a successful student is to have a parent who is fully involved in the child’s education according to Learning Leaders, a non-profit organization that seeks to get moms and dads engaged in what goes on in the classroom.

Six Brooklyn public schools are currently taking part in the Middle School Success Program, a city-wide initiative sponsored by Learning Leaders to provide help and guidance to families so that kids can succeed in middle school and beyond.



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