02/12/16 4:30pm
Best Plants for Urban Gardens

Photo by Shelby Bell via Flickr

Presented By Brownstoner Services.

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

So you’ve decided to turn that unfinished backyard into an urban oasis come spring. But how do you know which plants will thrive in our climate and put on a big show in a small city space?

Brownstoner asked three local garden professionals — James Stephenson of Artist Garden, Katherine Aui of Staghorn, and Jacob Hawvermale of Urban Roots — which plants are best for Brooklyn gardens.

Here are the top nine shrubs, trees and perennials these pros prefer. They will add color, texture and interest all year long.
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02/12/16 4:00pm
Brooklyn Snow Dog Winter 2016

A snow-loving pup in Brooklyn. Photo by Diane Greene Lent via Flickr

In the News
Save the Date: Remodelista Market in NYC, March 12-13 [Remodelista]
L Train Shutdown Is Uber’s “Wet Dream” [TRD]
One of Brooklyn’s Favorite Chefs Is Headed to a Meal-Delivery Start-up [Grub Street]
PLG Developer Allegedly Harassing Community Gardeners to Force Them Out [Gothamist]
Barclays Center Developer Bruce Ratner Gets Pressed to Fulfill Brooklyn Deal [NYDN]
Loving the Brooklyn Bridge [Charlotte Observer]
Jason Sudeikis on ‘SNL,’ Joe Biden & Being a Celebrity in Brooklyn [Gothamist]

Today we featured a home that combines home design and kitsch, which garnered polarizing reactions. Here’s why one reader thought it worked: (more…)

02/12/16 1:40pm

Brooklyn Open House 55 80th Street Bay Ridge

What could be more romantic on Valentine’s Day weekend than touring open houses? You might just fall in love — with a property.

The weather outside promises to be frigid, but inside these nicely renovated spaces should warm you up. Notably, two of the houses feature grand pianos. (more…)

02/12/16 12:00pm

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Our Open House Picks from six months ago did well, with three sold and one still on the market. All three went for full ask or near it.

Interestingly, the one property still on the market was the least expensive at $459,000 — nearly 10 times cheaper than the most expensive home. (more…)

02/12/16 11:00am
Catskill Skiing Restaurants Apres Ski

Skiing, snowboarding and snacking go hand in hand. Photo by Nassfeld via Flickr.

After a long, exhilarating day of shredding everything from bunny slopes to black diamonds, you deserve a hearty, decadent meal. Slope-side après-ski scenes may be good for a quick beer as you swap ski boots for comfy kicks, but for the ultimate upstate foodie experience, fuel up at these awesome spots near the Catskills’ most popular mountains. (more…)

02/12/16 9:00am
Biggest Home Sales In Brooklyn 2015

105 8th Avenue. Photo via Halstead

After languishing on the market for years, the historic Tracy Mansion at 105 8th Avenue sold in 2015 for $9.5 million. Now, its new owner wants to dramatically expand the building and convert it into eight residential units.

After some initial hesitation, Landmarks gave the green light this week for a host of changes that’ll give a new life to this old limestone beauty. (more…)

02/12/16 8:30am
Prospect Park Brooklyn Kids Winter 2016

Prospect Park. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
Officer Peter Liang Convicted in Fatal Shooting of Akai Gurley in East New York [NYT]
A First Grader, a Stumble in Math and a Teacher’s Anger at Cobble Hill Success Academy [NYT]
Adams Urges Landlords to Rent to Sandy Victims [Eagle]
City to Invest $7.2 Million in Navy Yard and Beyond to Bolster Tech [Crain’s]
What Went Wrong at Bark Hot Dogs? [Grub Street]
City Council Questions Extra Height, Parking Reductions for Affordable and Senior Housing [NYY]
Dirty Laundry From Shelters Stalls Development at Greenpoint Hospital Site [DNA]

Top Brownstoner Stories
L Train Won’t Shut Down Until 2018, Disruptions Could Last Seven Years
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Earlier this week we shared how the Dyker Heights neighborhood got its name — but one of our readers says it’s a bit different, and made a documentary about it. Watch, below. (more…)

02/11/16 4:00pm
Prospect Park Brooklyn Winter 2016 Snow

Kids in Prospect Park. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
El Chapo Could Be Tried in Brooklyn Court for Drug Trafficking [NYT]
Police: 25-Year-Old Hasidic Man Stabbed While Walking in Crown Heights [CBS]
$438 Million in FEMA Funds May Build Power Plants at Red Hook Houses [DNA]
Brooklyn’s Vanishing Street Art [Brownstone Detectives]
The Key for Park Slope to Keep Its Big Grocery Store: Less Parking [Streetsblog]
Brooklyn Will Get Its Own Breaking Bad Coffee Shop This Year [Grub Street]
Brooklyn Power Couple Go to War With Democratic Machine in State Senate Race [NYO]

The house profiled in this week’s Insider column is a stunner — even for those who aren’t crazy about lots of wood details. Read on for one reader’s thoughts. (more…)

02/11/16 2:30pm

Everything ends up here eventually, but Made in Brooklyn is a column exploring native, born-and-bred borough creations.

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Photo by Louis Seigal for MakerBot

Brooklyn-born MakerBot Industries is a leader in the futuristic field of personal, on-demand 3D printing. And the bulk of their wares are built in a 170,000-square-foot factory in Industry City (more…)

02/11/16 12:46pm

Cobble Hill Brooklyn Apartment for Rent -- 132 Kane Street

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…)