Brooklyn has discovered the North Fork.
OK, so that isn’t news to the second homeowners, locals and business owners who have known it for years, but this trend in the real estate market recently caught the attention of the New York Times.
In a story that ran on the cover of the newspaper’s real estate section on Sunday, May 8, entitled “Brooklyn’s Favorite Fork,” the Times noted an increase in attention Brooklynites are paying to the region.
“Brooklyn is the new Manhattan and the North Fork is the new Hamptons,” Carol Szynaka of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty told The Grey Lady.
The article interviewed several Brooklyn residents (singles, couples and families), who have either moved to or bought a second home on the North Fork in the last few years.
“While the Hamptons are very hip and happening, that is not what we want from life when we go out,” said Maddy Batliboi, a lawyer from Boerum Hill. “The synergy between Brooklyn and the North Fork is like the synergy between Manhattan and the South Fork.”
The article suggests Brooklyn residents are looking for a quieter existence.
“Sheri Winter Clarry, an associate broker with the Corcoran Group Real Estate on the North Fork in Southold, attributed the uptick in buyers from Brooklyn to the region’s ‘laid back, chilled vibe’ and its growing status as a family-friendly second-home haven for foodies and oenophiles,” the article states.
“Brooklynites get the North Fork, period,” Clarry, who is also a northforker columnist, told the paper.
The Times also featured Dr. Kristina Ivy and her husband Ben Wartofsky, who divide their time between Carroll Gardens and Southold and whose home was featured in a northforker profile earlier this year.
Also worth checking out is a slide show in the article that highlights some of our favorite eateries like Lucharitos in Greenport and GoodFood in Mattituck.