Realty Collective aka RC
Real Estate/Broker Services
Realty Collective operates in the spirit of contemporary Red Hook by being a category buster. Their Red Hook space is available for community events, meetings and art installations. The firm and its principals are often involved in neighborhood betterment projects from resiliency planning, historic preservation and a facade redesign competition to protect neighborhood heritage. Many of their realtors are artists.
From their website:
"Realty Collective is a people-driven real estate solution service founded in 2005 with the goal of guiding and supporting clients using honest and ethical practices—and ditching industry bad practices along the way. The brokerage was co-founded by a then-24-year-old Victoria Alexander who, after studying art history at Pace University, hit pause on plans to become a gallerist once she realized a jump into real estate meant she could design a career that combined all her interests, activism and deep love of Brooklyn. (Not to mention all the old houses and architecture she gets to ogle every day.) Victoria went on to earn a Master’s degree from Pratt University in historic preservation and urban planning."
2012's hurricane Sandy was a destructive example of Red Hook WaterStories; and in its immediate aftermath, Victoria provided the space to PortSide NewYork to operate an aid center. PortSide urges people to understand what happened then and be prepared for the next big storm.