Monday, May 14, 2012

Realty Collective to Open Red Hook “Shared Space” Office

Residential & Commercial Brokerage to Promote Local Business; Shared Space Mission with Artists’ Gallery
Realty Collective announced it will be opening its third office May 19th at 351 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In keeping with its mission of promoting local business and sustainable practices, the residential and commercial real estate brokerage will engage in a shared space model with Gallery Brooklyn, designed to add value to the community, increase street traffic and showcase artists from Brooklyn.

The 351 Van Brunt Street gallery and business space, Gallery Brooklyn and RC Red Hook will open with group exhibition “Lightness, Being,” curated by Trong Nguyen, showcasing three NYC-based artists - painter Jon Elliot, photographer Rebecca Reeve and sculptor Judith Braun - that will run May 19th through June 30th.

"We are passionate about Red Hook. I live here, and Realty Collective works with many clients looking to buy, sell and rent homes and business spaces in Red Hook. We’ve been looking for a storefront location that would meet both our goals of easy accessibility to those in the area, and would fit our business model of community engagement and sustainability,” said Victoria Hagman, Founder, Realty Collective. 

The 1,400-square-foot, ground level storefront, is located on a main thoroughfare of Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, and enjoys high foot traffic year-round. It is steps away from celebrated eateries and shops, including Baked, Fort Defiance, The Good Fork, Metal and Thread, Erie Basin, Foxy & Winston and also neighboring art galleries such as The Kentler International Drawing Space and The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. A local dog-walking firm uses a portion of the rear office area, while RC Red Hook will have an agent/client work and meeting section in the main, white-walled gallery space, as well as a window display showcasing Realty Collective listings.

About Realty Collective

Brooklyn-based real estate brokerage Realty Collective,, was founded in 2005 by agents who believed that dedicated professionals can have a creative life outside of their residential and commercial real estate careers, and that brokers with this kind of connection to their own creativity can, in turn, better serve their clientele. Like many Brooklynites, Realty Collective's agents are also sculptors, dancers, producers, photographers, musicians, filmmakers, and writers. In an increasingly automated world, the Realty Collective team maintains a hands-on approach, creating a personalized experience for each client. As a result, many of the Realty Collective clients are repeat customers, or arrive through referrals. Realty Collective teams with Brooklyn-based agencies and charities to help build a better Brooklyn for all.

About Gallery Brooklyn

Departing from the traditional gallery model, Gallery Brooklyn is the latest addition to Red Hook’s burgeoning art scene. How are we different – It’s all about partnerships! We do not directly represent artists. Whether you’re a great artist seeking space to show your work; a maverick curator wanting to realize your vision; or an artist based collective or organization seeking a prime exhibition venue, Gallery Brooklyn wants to share with you our 800 square-foot, high profile, storefront space in the heart of Red Hook, Brooklyn.


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