02/08/16 1:00pm
MetroTech Brooklyn Downtown History

Photo by Mary Hautman

The sprawling Downtown Brooklyn complex known as MetroTech is a city within the city. Office workers and students enter and leave the interconnected buildings, very few of them aware of the streetscape that used to be there.

Not many people remember the controversies and promises that accompanied the construction of the campus, either. As modern changes sweep through all of Downtown Brooklyn, from City Point to the borough’s future tallest tower, let’s revisit the granddaddy of them all — the huge complex built as the Metropolitan Technology Center. (more…)

02/08/16 12:00pm

Crown Heights Brooklyn House for Sale -- 904 St. Johns Place

This landmarked single-family, at 904 Saint Johns Place in the Crown Heights Historic District, has gotten a nice top-to-bottom renovation, with a good deal of original detail restored. Most notably that includes a lot of unpainted maple woodwork, including door and window frames, fireplaces, pocket doors, wainscoting and a large pier mirror in the living room.

There are modern touches as well — exposed brick, recessed lighting and a modern kitchen. The latter is spacious and nicely done, with white Caesarstone counters and island, a six-burner Viking range and a wine refrigerator.  (more…)

02/08/16 11:31am

Brooklyn Greenway Half & 5K

Sponsored By Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is the 501c3 non-profit committed to the development, establishment and long-term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.

Created By BlankSlate

On October 16, 2016, experience the wonder of the Brooklyn shoreline at the only half marathon and 5K exclusively held on the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.

The Brooklyn Greenway Half & 5K, hosted by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and produced by NYCRUNS will take an anticipated 2,000 runners on a 13.1 mile or 5K journey along the Brooklyn waterfront from Red Hook to Greenpoint. The course offers unique and memorable views of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges — winding through Brooklyn Bridge Park and other city, state and industrial parks as well as the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (more…)

02/08/16 11:00am

Park Slope Brooklyn -- Brownstone Interior Design by Jennifer Morris

This classic four-story Park Slope brownstone had been updated by its previous owner, a contractor, who had “already done the big stuff — the kitchen, air conditioning, a security system,” said Jennifer Morris of JMorris Design, a Brooklyn-based interior design studio specializing in finishes and furnishings.

So Morris was able to forget about the function and focus on the fun. Her goal was to create something “textured and expressive.”

“The parlor floor was very much intact,” Morris said, with elaborate original woodwork, mantels and delicate plaster decoration on the ceilings and on friezes running along the top of the 12-foot-high walls. But the plasterwork had been “gunked up” over the years and was hardly pristine. (more…)

02/08/16 8:30am
Bushwick Brooklyn Flushing Avenue Winter 2016

Flushing Avenue in Bushwick. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
Luxury Condos on Brooklyn’s 4th Avenue [NYT]
Bed Stuy Street Named in Honor of Carey Gabay, Slain Former Aide to Gov. Cuomo [NYDN]
New HIV Infections in NYC Highest in Bed Stuy and Crown Heights [AMNY]
Pols to Mayor: Fix Southern Brooklyn Transit Before Building Flashy Streetcar [BK Daily]
A New Wallabout Fragrance Destination Helps You Find Your Scent, Watch It Get Made [Vogue]
Meet the Business Owners Waking Up Windsor Terrace’s “Sleepy” Food Scene [DNA]
Holy Cannoli, Hipsters! 71-Year-Old Williamsburg Bakery Tries Something New [DNA]

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Happy Lunar New Year! Watch drummers perform on 86th Street in Brooklyn in 2015, below. (more…)

02/06/16 9:30am

DeKalb Market Hall Brooklyn Hard Hat Tou

Behold the Vast DeKalb Market Hall, Turning Downtown Brooklyn Into a Foodie Destination
“I think Brooklyn deserves all this,” said DeKalb Market Hall managing partner Anna Castellani as she guided Brownstoner on a hard-hat tour of the subterranean cafeteria. Beneath the mixed-use behemoth of Downtown Brooklyn’s second City Point tower, a sprawling food market is quickly taking shape. What is it Brooklyn deserves? Great food. (more…)

02/05/16 4:34pm
Gavin McInnes Vice Williamsburg Brooklyn

Photo to 80 Metropolitan Avenue PHV via Halstead. Video still of Gavin McInnes via Rebel Media

Has Williamsburg lost its luster, or is Gavin McInnes just cashing in? The Vice Media co-founder — who left the company in 2007 citing “creative differences” — has listed his luxe 1,300-square-foot penthouse for $2.499 million, as first noted by Curbed.

That’s more than double what he paid for the pad a mere five years ago. (more…)

02/05/16 4:21pm
Coney Island Brooklyn Winter 2016 Street Photography

Coney Island. Photo by Robert S via Flickr

In the News
Coney Island Boardwalk Pushed for Landmark Status [NYDN]
Senate Task Force to Hold Hearing in Dyker Heights on Heroin Addiction [Eagle]
East New York Residents Say Little Has Changed Since NYPD’s Stairwell Shooting [Gothamist]
4 Reasons a $2.5 Billion Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar Doesn’t Add Up [Streetsblog]
Bushwick Youth Create Jobs (and Community Roots) Through Local Compost Program [Yes Mag]
550-Seat Restaurant Planned for Banks of Polluted Gowanus Canal [DNA]
How Shore Road Almost Didn’t Become a Park [Hey Ridge]

A current Park Slope resident sent us photos of his family on a now-gone Flatlands farm, circa 1900. Read on for what one commenter had to say about unearthing gems like these. (more…)

02/05/16 4:05pm

Presented By Brownstoner Services.

This series highlights the expertise of Brownstoner's Services Pros.

If you don’t have much experience with cork flooring, you might have the wrong idea about what it looks like. No one is suggesting you cover your floor with an Office Max bulletin board. And it certainly won’t resemble your sister-in-law’s DIY wine cork art.

Cork flooring can look like your typical solid wood floor. But is it the right choice for your home? Read on for the surprising pros and cons of cork. (more…)