This striking townhouse, at 132 Kane Street in Cobble Hill, comes to us via Dixon, the Australian firm that’s been buying, renovating and renting Brooklyn townhouses at a furious clip in recent years. With its modernist design, this one’s a departure for the group, which has restored quite a few historic Brooklyn properties.
Said design was “inspired by early-20th-century modern French architects and designers such as Le Corbusier, Robert Mallet Stevens, Pierre Chareau, and Jean Prouve,” according to the listing, from Dixon Leasing’s Joshua Carney. The result “exhibits a refined industrialism paired with understated luxury.” (more…)
Owned by a single family for a century, this Gilded Age townhouse near Prospect Park came into modern times with nearly all its original detail preserved.
That’s not to say the new homeowners didn’t have work to do. First they hired Red Hook-based MADE Architecture to, among other things, design new bathroom layouts as well as a new layout and cabinetry for the garden-level kitchen, and to bring the intact but timeworn woodwork to a high level of polish.
Then in came Ensemble Architecture to choose furnishings and finishes, including floor and wall tiles, light fixtures, countertops, plumbing fixtures, wallpaper and paint colors. The Gowanus-based studio, which was founded in 1998 by Elizabeth Roberts and now comprises 13 architects and designers, recently expanded its interiors department. (more…)
While much of the focus in Brooklyn’s development boom has been on the recently rising towers downtown, many medium-sized projects are cropping up in neighborhoods across the borough. One such project — going up at 465 Pacific Street in Boerum Hill — will feature an unusual brick and metal facade. (more…)
L train shutdown be damned. One of the most ambitious — and attractive — Brooklyn office developments to come along in decades is betting on reshaping the geography of the city — and where the worker of the future lives, works, and plays — by giving startups a place to flourish in Williamsburg.
But first, the block-long development at 25 Kent Avenue has to go through the lengthy public approval process known as ULURP. (more…)
Photo of Levin by emilyshu; photo of L train by Mary Hautman
New details on the much-feared L train tunnel repairs — which would entail shutting down one or both sets of tracks running between Brooklyn and Manhattan — came to light this week at a local community board meeting.
City Council Member Stephen Levin told the crowd that repairs to the tunnel could take two to seven years, according to Gothamist. (more…)
In this fence drama case (not the first we’ve seen), a Brownstoner reader has a neighbor’s fence on her property.
I’m renovating my brownstone, so we had a survey done of our property lines. It ends up that my next door neighbor’s (ugly) chain link fence, which separates our two gardens, is about 8″ on my property. We’d like to renovate/landscape our garden, remove her fence, and put up a new wooden one on the correct lines.
My contractor says that we can just give the neighbor notice that we’re doing so, and just go ahead and remove her fence (and offer to replace it with the wooden fence at our own cost). My lawyer says its not worth the fight and that we should just install our fence next to the chain link fence – but then we’re losing precious inches. Would love thoughts from those who have experience in this. Should I go through the DOB?
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A community meeting on the proposed redevelopment of Park Slope’s 5th Avenue Key Food grocery turned into a public roasting of developer Brian Ezra Tuesday night, with an audience of nearly 400 area locals hissing, booing and laughing at explanations for the financial difficulties in creating a new supermarket to meet local demand. (more…)
This South Williamsburg row house, at 64 South 4th Street, has been written up in both Dwell and Design Sponge, and for good reason. It’s a beaut, gorgeously renovated from top to bottom by Agencie Group architects.
The result is stylish, tasteful and warm, with impeccable rustic-tinged finishes. Features include wide-plank chestnut floors reclaimed from a Virginia barn, tin ceilings, exposed beams, and a glass wall at the rear of the parlor floor. (more…)