Getting to Know Joe Baglio…..

Joe Baglio

While other young kids were dreaming of becoming superheroes when they grew up, Joe Baglio, Managing Partner of Madison Estates, was thinking real estate, even if he wasn’t quite sure at the time what that meant.  “I was drawn to the business at a very young age and intrigued by the process,” he says. “The thought of owning property was always attractive to me as well.”

A Brooklyn boy at heart, Baglio has seen the borough he’s called home since birth go through changes and believes it’s come a long way since he was a kid growing up. It’s a place where home values continue to rise, and the bottom line is, buyers are attracted to what Brooklyn has to offer.

We spent some time chatting with Baglio to learn more about what he believes makes the Brooklyn real estate market so attractive….

How do you spot an area that is on the rise before it truly explodes on the market?

Real estate is like a living, breathing organism; it has a pulse and you can just feel it. There are certain subtleties that you have to look for. I am a big fan of people watching, which will usually give an area away. And it’s a combination of the properties, architecture, and people that will indicate if an area is exploding or about to.

As the real estate market continues to prosper and we get closer to the New Year, what areas would you say in your opinion are currently in demand?

Right now I am very bullish on Prospect Lefferets Gardens; it’s an area I’ve spent a lot of time in and have witnessed its change right before my eyes. It has amazing architecture with many limestone and brownstone blocks as well as new, larger scale rental buildings that are fully amenitised which are attracting a younger, artistic demographic.

The original roots of the area are still strong which makes it even cooler. There are lots of restaurants on Franklin, Bedford, and Washington Avenue, plus you can walk to Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Museum.   

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As homebuyers, sometimes finding the perfect place takes longer than we hope. As a seasoned broker, what advice do you have for those potential buyers who walk through Madison’s door?

To always be honest and transparent with your broker. You’re trusting them to help in finding one of the greatest investments of your life. A good broker should know what your wish list vs your needs list is.

What types of changes do you see happening in 2018 for Brooklyn?

I believe Brooklyn has far to go with many areas on the South Shore that still have not been tapped, or should I say discovered. Growing up I remember the backlash I would get when I would tell someone I was from Brooklyn; at that time it wasn’t very chic to say that’s where you were from; it’s still sounds crazy to me when I think about that.

For newcomers, what would you recommend are the “must see and do” things?

You must tour the “Gold Coast”; start in Greenpoint and follow the coast all the way to Coney Island. The diversity, architecture, cultures, and sites will blow your mind!

When you’re not on the hunt for the next great property/location, what do you enjoy doing?

I truly enjoy spending time with my family. I am blessed with a beautiful wife and two beautiful children. My kids allow me to tune out the world and shut down my engines. I get to unwind and jump onto their level which is not all that difficult for me considering I’m a child at heart!

Your greatest passions?

My family and my work.

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Make it to Market

One of our favorite things about Spring is the super fresh and delicious, seasonal produce, and luckily for us there are dozens of farmers markets in Brooklyn to choose from. The below are open right now, so do some research on the seasonal specialties, grab a tote and head to market!


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A Green Point
Greenpoint never disappoints, with farmers markets held on Saturdays year-round in McCarren Park. These much-loved markets are enjoyed by the vibrant, growing Williamsburg community and the longtime Greenpoint Polish community. Shoppers mingle with friends and neighbors, bring their dogs to run around at McCarren Park and enjoy live music by local artists and cooking demonstrations by local chefs. Since 1997 this market has stayed true to its loyal customers who are encouraged to learn about featured produce and take home recipes.
North 12th St & Union Ave, Brooklyn. Saturdays, 8am-3pm (Year-Round).


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On Sundays the Down to Earth Farmers Markets land in Park Slope. This is how we to like to start our Sunday mornings! Founded in 2004 the markets include dozens of vendors who sell plants, flowers, fruits, vegetables, eggs, dairy, honey, baked goods, meat, poultry and more. In the market for the freshest of fresh produce? Check the website to see what’s in season. Right now we’re sea’ing seafood and ciders! This weekend (5/15) there will be a textile recycling program from 10am-5pm. The Market is now also open on Wednesdays if you’re planning a mid-week grocery shop!
5th Ave between 3rd and 4th St, Park Slope. Sundays, 10am-5pm (4/24 – 12/18); Wednesdays, 3pm-7pm (5/11 – 11/16).


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Founded in 1989, the Grand Army Plaza market is appropriately named, and is the grandest and largest Brooklyn market in the Greenmarket program. On Saturdays year-round these markets treat market-goers to a huge array of farm-fresh produce. A mix of shoppers, runners, dog walkers, families, foodies and more from Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights and beyond come together to enjoy the numerous stalls. If you’re checking these markets out, why not make a day of it and explore the nearby beautiful Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Brooklyn Public Library or Brooklyn Museum.
Prospect Park West & Flatbush Avenue, Northwest corner of Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Saturdays, 8am-4pm (Year-Round).


We’re sold on the Cortelyou Greenmarket, located on lively Courtelyou Road in Flatbush on Sundays. Since 2003 market-goers have filled their bags and baskets with specialty Mexican produce and herbs, eggs, chicken, fresh pasta, orchard fruit and juices, seafood, mushrooms, grass-fed beef, goat cheese and locally-grown vegetables. Is your mouth watering yet? Cooking demonstrations, seasonal celebrations, family-friendly activities like singalongs and the open adjacent schoolyard ensures a festive atmosphere, located among a thriving shopping strip in the heart of South Brooklyn.
Cortelyou Road between Argyle & Rugby, Flatbush. Sundays, 8am-3pm (Year-Round).



Brooklyn’s Black History Month

Brooklyn neighborhoods are some of the most diverse in New York City and as we enter into Black History Month, here our top picks for educational experiences that celebrate black culture, influence and impact – because these histories are American history.


Ride the revolution

160122 - PanthersThe City’s Movie in the Parks initiative will screen “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution”. The poignant documentary combines archival footage and interviews with surviving Panthers and FBI agents to tell the story of the revolutionary black organization Black Panther Party. History meets mystery as the film demystifies one of the 20th century’s most alluring and controversial organizations that captivated the world’s attention for nearly 50 years.

The event takes place on Friday February 5 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm at St. Johns Recreation Center, 1251 Prospect Place, Brooklyn. Admission is free.


Green with history

160122 - greenFrom the post of the town to the toast of a movement, Victor H. Green was a postal worker during the mid 1930s who compiled the Green Book – a network of white and black-owned businesses that would welcome African American travelers throughout the South during segregation. Green’s work served as a compass for African Americans to travel safely for nearly 30 years, until the passing of the Civil Rights at in 1964, when publication of the guide ceased.

Awareness of this crucial navigational gem faded with time until award-winning author and playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey put it back on tbe map in the documentary “The Green Book Chronicles” that follows the smooth and rough journey the users Green Book endured.

Brooklyn Historical Society will host a conversation with Ramsey, who will share raw footage from the unreleased film.

The event takes place on Thursday February 18 from 6:30pm at Brooklyn Historical Society. Admission is free.


A revolution’s muse(um)

160122 - CharlesBrooklyn Museum Target’s First Saturdays will be a chorus of culture with music from 5pm by Ahanu and Tai Allen present The Originals. A live mix-tape will honor the progressive music and poetry of legends Gil Scott-Heron and Oscar Brown, Jr.

Lose yourself to the tune of interactive activities with the Museum of Impact. At 8pm, the #VeryBlackProject and #TeamMelanin host a celebration that harmonizes the great work of our predecessors with the inspiration to encourage us to fight for the futures we want.

For those looking to get their hands arty, be inspired by the art of Romare Bearden and create a collage portrait or self-portrait using special papers.

Moving on with a movie and monologues, there will be a screening of “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” followed by a conversation with Stanley Nelson and Elizabeth Sackler; while The New Black Fest presents “HANDS UP: 7 Testaments”, a series of monologues by emerging black playwrights exploring their experiences with racial profiling and policing – followed by a Q&A with performers.

Other moments to get you dancing and thinking include a performance by Brooklyn-based Latasha Alcindor, aka L.A., and DJ Afro Panther and NonVisuals; a workshop led by organizer, abolitionist, and freedom fighter Joshua Allen exploring the important intersection between organizing around Black Lives Matter and gender justice; and a book club on “Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party” by Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin (2013) and “From Ike to Mao and Beyond: My Journey from Mainstream America to Revolutionary Communist” by Bob Avakian (2005).

Twirl, dip, shimmy and entrance your night away to a kaleidoscope of pop, R&B and soul thanks to Brooklyn-bred singer and sonic storyteller, Charles Perry.

The event takes place on Saturday February 6 from 5pm at Brooklyn Museum. Admission is free.


Trolleying down memory lane

160122 - GreenwooThe journey from segregation and activism to diversity and progress has many layers and Green-Wood Cemetery’s trolley tour will examine the life and accomplishments of many prominent black New Yorkers, as well as several abolitionists working for freedom in America.

Led by Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman, you’ll visit the monuments of Susan Smith McKinney Steward, the first black female doctor in the state; Jean-Michel Basquiat, innovative artist of the 1970s and ’80s; Jeremiah Hamilton, New York’s first black millionaire; civil war heroes and survivors; freed slaves working as abolitionists, and more.

You’ll dive into the lives of those who were rough, tough and who had had enough of the status quo – striving for equality and exemplifying the deep impact black New Yorkers have been making on New York City culture since its inception.

The event takes place on Saturday February 27 from 1pm to 3pm at Green-Wood Cemetery. Admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.