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…)

02/05/16 3:00pm

Brownstoner takes on Brooklyn history in Nabe Names, a series of briefs on the origins and surprising stories of neighborhood nomenclature.

canarsie-brooklyn-neighborhood

Golden City Amusement Park in 1922. The park was razed to make room for the Belt Parkway in 1939. Photo via brooklynpix.com

Deep within the alphabetized grid that characterizes Brooklyn’s southern residential realms, Canarsie is still steeped in the awnings and accents of another era in the borough’s history. (more…)

02/05/16 1:30pm

Brooklyn Open Houses -- Bed Stuy, Carroll Gardens

Our picks this week offer a range in both style and condition. They include a newly revamped Bed Stuy flip, a classic Stuy Heights brownstone, a brick Carroll Gardens three-story that needs some attention and a fully detached Windsor Terrace house that defies easy description.

Starting out in Bed Stuy, we’ve got a four-story flip at 521 Greene Avenue. It’s quite a nice one, renovated top to bottom in a thoroughly modern style, with open-plan living spaces and steel-railed staircases. It offers a two-bedroom triplex (which includes a finished basement) with a three-bedroom duplex above. (more…)

02/05/16 11:00am

Upstate New York Books About Catskills

The world north of New York City has been a muse for countless writers, photographers, musicians and artists who draw inspiration from its wild corners and storied past. If you can’t slip away for a weekend retreat, bring the rolling hills, quaint towns and quirky characters of Upstate New York right to your living room with a good book.

We tapped the well-read team at The Golden Notebook, the fabulous Woodstock, N.Y., independent bookstore, for a list of their New York State must-reads. (more…)

02/05/16 9:00am
Photo by Suzanne Spellen

Alhambra Apartments on Nostrand Avenue. Photo by Suzanne Spellen

There’s nothing like a Gilded Age apartment to set the heart racing — or to inspire a swap for one’s first born, as the movie Rosemary’s Baby so famously depicted. That particularly coveted real estate showstopper was located in Manhattan’s Dakota building, home to stars from John Lennon to Lauren Bacall.

But Brooklyn has its grand apartment buildings too. These immense elaborate structures attracted admiration like no others — and they still do today. (more…)

02/05/16 8:30am
Gowanus Brooklyn Winter 2016 Street Photography

Gowanus. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
Elation and Skepticism Over Proposal for Streetcars in Brooklyn and Queens [NYT]
Mayor de Blasio Lays Out Vision for New York in State of the City Address [NYT]
The Bossert’s Rooftop Bar Moves a Step Closer to Reopening [Eagle]
Historic Designation Likely for Coney’s Carousel, Feds Say [BK Paper]
Bed Stuy Board Rejects Outpost of Williamsburg Hipster Dive-Bar Empire [BK Paper]
BAM’s New Prez Talks About Revitalizing Brooklyn — and How the Borough Gives Back [Crain’s]
Bill Clinton Hosting Hillary Fundraiser at Brooklyn Bowl [Gothamist]

Top Brownstoner Stories
It’s No Teleporter, But the Mayor-Supported Streetcar Is Going to Be a Game Changer
The One Thing You Need to Know About Dating an Old House
Dumbo Drive-By Shooters Were Part of Flatbush Gang, Police Say

Ever wonder how Red Hook–based bakery Baked gets their cakes to look so pretty? Watch below to see how the magic happens. (more…)

02/04/16 4:30pm
flatlands-family-farm

“The Kouwenhoven Farmhouse, the house that my great grandparents occupied from about 1900 until 1925 when the land was sold to developers and Kings Highway was expanded. The figures on the porch were farm hands.”

An old Dutch farm that once stood in Flatlands is gone but not forgotten. A Brownstoner reader sent in never-before-published family photos and stories of life on the farm circa 1900, when his great-grandfather lived there. (more…)

02/04/16 4:00pm
Coney Island Brooklyn Steeplechase Pier

Steeplechase Pier at Coney Island. Photo by David Tan via Flickr

In the News
Smorgasburg’s Dosa Royale Opening Second Brooklyn Outpost in Clinton Hill [DNA]
Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Brooklyn Tax Exemptions Totaled $368 Million [Crain’s]
Big New Williamsburg Development Will Wipe Out Three Restaurants [Gothamist]
Bed Stuy Board Says Nabe Has Enough Homeless, Mentally Ill [BK Paper]
Revamped Brooklyn Borough Hall to Become First Stop for Tourists [NYDN]
Court Hearing on Alleged Pierhouse View Plane Obstruction Today [BHB]
Developers Required to File Affordable Housing Plans as if Inclusionary Zoning Were Already Law [TRD]

There’s been lots of talk today about Mayor de Blasio’s proposal for a streetcar along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront. Read on to hear why one commenter thinks it’d be great — and two ways it could be made even better. (more…)