02/09/16 11:31am

Sponsored By BRIC.

BRIC is a nonprofit arts and media cultural organization that presents free and low-cost programming to the community.

Created By BlankSlate

With the nation focused on the seemingly intractable problem of gun violence, BRIC TV has introduced a series of three videos on how this problem manifests itself on the streets of Brooklyn—and what Brooklynites are doing about it.

“Gun Violence in Brooklyn, Part 1” — which you can watch above — tells the story of Marlon Peterson. He was incarcerated for ten years due to his involvement in an armed robbery, and his experience with the criminal justice system inspired him to become a social justice advocate. Peterson is the creator a project called Safe Child Zones.

Peterson talks about his upbringing in Crown Heights, and how events in his life contributed to behaviors that led to gun violence and tragedy. The video was shot by Chris Raddatz, and produced and edited by Natasha Gaspard. (more…)

02/09/16 8:30am
Prospect Park Brooklyn Snow Winter 2016

Prospect Park. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
Too High? Brooklyn Judge Mulling Pierhouse Penthouse Arguments [Eagle]
A Recent NYC Transplant Finds a Creative (and Literal) Home in Bed Stuy [Curbed]
Don’t Worry About All Those People Climbing the Brooklyn Bridge [Gothamist]
Op Ed: Property-Tax Cap Is the Wrong Tool for NYC’s Homeowners [Crain’s]
Map Shows Cities With Rents Equivalent to Brooklyn Neighborhoods [Time Out]
The Carroll School Finds Annex to Address Overcrowding [PMFA]
Rapper Pumpkinhead to Be Honored With Park Slope Street Renaming [DNA]

Top Brownstoner Stories
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During one of their two sold-out shows at the Kings Theatre in Flatbush over the weekend, Wilco paid tribute to David Bowie with a cover of “Space Oddity.” Watch, below. (more…)

02/08/16 4:00pm
Fort Greene Brooklyn Dog Park Winter 2016

Fort Greene Park. Photo by Francisco Daum via Flickr

In the News
World-Famous Restaurateur Is Behind Brownsville Culinary School and Eatery [DNA]
Photos: Australia Is Really Into Brooklyn [Gothamist]
The Praying Mantis, a Friend and Foe of New York City Gardens [NYT]
Two Spicy Outer-Borough Favorites Expand in Prospect Heights [BK Based]
Planned Supportive Housing on Gates Avenue Draws Ire of Bed Stuy Residents [DNA]
Brooklyn’s Most Expensive Rental Ups Its Price to $29K/Month [6sqft]
Roberta’s Square Pies Are Back for One Week Only [Gothamist]

Our latest Insider takes us to a classic Park Slope townhouse — below, see what one reader had to say about the classy renovation. (more…)

02/08/16 3:00pm
Airbnb Hosting Pros & Cons

House photo by Jaclyn Warren, horse photo via State Library of Queensland via Flickr

It’s no secret that many Brooklynites rent out their homes to travelers via Airbnb and other short-stay home-sharing sites. One Brownstoner reader is wondering if opening up their home to strangers is worth it.

peaceout writes:

Curious to hear experiences, recommendations, advice from those who are Airbnb hosts. We are considering converting the lower level of our house (has a separate entrance) for guests.

Should this reader hop on the Airbnb wagon? Share your thoughts in the original post.

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02/08/16 2:00pm

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


An undated image, likely from the 1910s, of Manhattan Avenue. Photo via Ephemeral New York

Brooklyn’s northernmost neighborhood, Greenpoint is known for its Polish heritage and waterfront views. (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…)