WHAT FAMILIES WANT
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|Boutique residential developer East River Partners principal Joe Cohen (with his back to the camera at a recent firm event) tells usBrooklyn is the next frontier for family living. A condo owner might pay $4,200 annually in taxes in Park Slope, compared to $20k for a similarly valued home in Westchester. The schools in Brooklyn are top-notch, too, he says. It’s just that supply of two to three-bedroomcondos hasn’t caught up. East River is developing eight condos at 1st Street and 6th Avenue across from PS 321 (sales will start in spring).|
|At East River's forum on condos, Brooklyn resident Sarah Mencherand others had some low-cost, family friendly suggestions for East River's JR Benton and architect Len Herczeg, including ditching some luxury ideas: Don’t extend wood floors from the rest of the apartment to the kitchen; it’s easier to wipe spilled milk from stone.Deep bathtubs are a no-go, too. Other worthy add-ons: extra insulation in common walls (neighbors and crying babies don’t mix), rounded counters and handles, and a ground-floor parking lot for strollers.|