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Celebrating life in the time of COVID.

When I was a young lass, I used to tell people that I was half-Jewish and half-Christmas. My parents were quick to disavow me of that saying. We did celebrate both Chanukah (also known as the Festival of Lights) and Christmas in the Wolfe household. My father was not religious, but we did celebrate some Jewish holidays because we loved Grandma Wolfe, and that made her happy. So, when we remembered, we would light the menorah every night for eight days. The Christmas tree was usually up for most of December, and sometimes a good bit of January.
I remember lots of Holiday Parties, egg nog and merriment. But most of all, there were delicious traditional cookies & cakes. The one savory tradition that made my heart sing was Grandma Wolfe's Potato Latkes. If you have a yen for some potato pancakes -just like Grandma used to make-try this recipe that will be in the NY Harbor School's cookbook (once a Harbor parent, always a Harbor parent).
Today we celebrate the closing of a house at 105 Clermont Avenue (I might add at 2% over the asking price). And several houses with accepted offers (which we will show for back-ups until we are in contract).
I had promised an interview with the creator of the OY/YO sculpture, Deborah Kass in our October newsletter. It happened a couple of weeks ago. You can see the full interview on our website, but there will be snippets of it throughout this snapshot.
Lastly, I would like to put in a plug for our amazing local shops and restaurants in Brooklyn and throughout the five boroughs. On Atlantic Ave, we gave away some great totes designed by local artist, Adam Suerte. Here's a little video featuring our very own Sue Wolfe giving these bags to people shopping on Atlantic Avenue.
If you have any questions about current market conditions, whether it is it better to rent or buy, or anthing Real Estate related, please contact The Wolfe Pack. If you would like to know how to make the very best Challah, please contact Lissa.

On the market: Rental

Lovely two bedroom rental with private garden at 366 Pacific Street in Boerum Hill. Available January 1, 2021
This 2 bedroom garden apartment at 366 Pacific Street in idelic Boerum Hill has everything you want. It is approximately 900 square feet large, has a substantial eat-in kitchen, closets galore, two decorative fireplaces, a shared washer & dryer, and best of all, a private garden with regular garden maintenance provided along with heat and gas. Bonus: there are classic period details like a built-in cabinet/bureau between the kitchen & betroom, tin ceilings and working wooden shutters in the front room. A stone's through to all the Smith St & Atlantic Ave food purveyors and restaurants, you are a short stroll to the F, G, A, C, 2, 3, trains, and a little further to the 4, 5, R, B, Q, trains. Only 2 or 3 stops to Manhattan. Talk about convenient. Sorry no pets and no smoking. Come see it for yourself.
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Cozy Up for the Winter Months
Winter is Right Around the Corner
Who says winter days have to be cold and gray? Country Living pulled together a list of 35 easy DIY winter decorations to make your home feel bright and cozy during these cold months. Think citrus garland and playful patterns! After these updates, you won't want to leave your home at all.
Deborah Kass talks about her inspiration for OY/YO
Tips on Celebrating Virtually
As we head into the colder months, the CDC has recommended that we stay at home for the holidays in order to protect the ones we love. While going out isn't an option, that doesn't mean you can't still throw a great party. Check out the list below that Bustle has put together to ensure that your virtual holiday parties are just as fun as ever.
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Deborah Kass talks about NYC influence in her art.
Looking for a Work-From-Home Update?
By now, most companies have moved to a remote working environment. As comfortable as the couch may be, sometimes it may not be the most ideal work setup. Apartment Therapy spoke to some interior design pros and gathered some tips to help make your work-from-home space effective, productive, yet creative. Check out the link below to get started on your office space redesign.
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Deborah Kass about her life in 2020

Shopping Local for the Holidays

This year, deciding where to buy your holiday gifts from can make a big difference to your local mom and pop shops. Instead of buying gifts through your usual large retail stores, why not support your communities by purchasing locally? Check out some great options below for local shopping in New York City.
• ShopIN.nyc (features my favorite t-shirt "Brooklyn not Bezos")
• Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
• The Grand Central Virtual Holiday Fair
• Artists and Fleas
• Chelsea Market

On the Market: Sales

This beauty at 641 Carlton Avenue has an accepted offer. We will show for back-ups.
In le Comté des Rois (the County of Kings), there is a beautiful block, where you will find a landmark brick townhouse with a unique center staircase reminiscent of a Parisian home. It is currently configured as a triplex upstairs with four bedrooms and two bathrooms and a one bedroom garden unit below. Almost every room has a gorgeous decorative fireplace. There are three stain glass windows original to the home. The washer/dryer is situated in the cellar, which is accessed by a hatch in the front by the stoop. It is one of the cleanest, most well laid out cellars we have ever seen. Get ready to fall in love with this home in the Brooklyn arrondissement.
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Deborah Kass on buying a house in Brooklyn
This house at 152 Macon Street has four units, two tenants, multiple violations, and one accepted offer. We still show for back-ups.
And last but not least, how Deborah Kass knew she was meant to be an artist
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