Neighborhood Housing Services, or NHS, is a non profit housing organization that has been helping New Yorkers improve their homes since 1982. They educate the community on everything from first time home buying to being a landlord to diy repairs.
NHS helps people get mortgages and gives loans towards down payment and home improvement. They counsel folks on ownership and foreclosure prevention.
I’ve never taken one of their home maintenance courses, but I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews. I just noticed that the East Flatbush branch is offering a class that begins this Monday, February 11th. There is also a Wednesday class available which starts on February 20th. Classes meet once a week for 10 weeks, from 6pm-9pm. Topics covered are: safety, basic plumbing and electrical, carpentry and framing.
NHS does have other locations around NYC and offers more advanced courses, so do check them out!
Yesterday I linked to OTBKB‘s post about DIY’s upcoming TV series “Under Construction“. I have to admit that I’m guilty of not reading the whole post and I didn’t see the YouTube link.The show follows Brooklyn contractors John DeSilvia and John Palanca of Design Tech Construction as they deal with NYC’s whiny clients, unreliable sub contractors and DOB red tape. (Ok, that was me putting my own spin on it).
Watch the video! It’s too funny! You know they never would’ve used the word “poop” if the cameras weren’t rolling. Also, is that guy Scott Baio’s brother or what?
Clinton Hill Blog will host this month’s Brooklyn Blogade. It will take place on Sunday, January 20th at Frank White Cafe & Gallery, 936 Atlantic Ave at St. James. 11 am. The brunch menu looks to die for, so if you don’t come for the chit chat, come for the food. Please RSVP by January 16th: clintonhillblogATgmailDOTcom
January 13 & 14
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Over the weekend we schlepped out to Staten Island to look at some flooring I found on Craigs. When I spoke to the guy (Cyrus) over the phone he informed me that a 1790 frame building was coming down and there were more goodies in an old brick structure. There was wide plank flooring, antique beams and clapboard siding amidst the ruins and I can have for $100. It sounded too good to be true!Continue reading Junk Liquidation Auction
Brooklynites know where to go to see Christmas lights. It’s not 5th Avenue and Rockerfeller Center (although my parents did take me there too when I was a young’un). It’s Dyker Heights, which is that area between the better known Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst. Ah, Brooklyn at it’s finest!
The light and moving puppet thing (What do you call those?) shows are displayed on homes from 83rd to 86th Streets, between 11th and 13th Avenues. The greatest concentration is around 84th and 12th. Weekends are best, but it does get crowded. Be prepared to stand in line.