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Need help with your steam heating system? looking for a steam heating specialist? Here are a few of the threads about steam heat you can read about in the Brownstoner Forum:

1. I am looking at a hybrid heat pump solution. Because of the layout of the apartments, there would be 2 heat pumps in each apartment, each being on either side.

I have already ruled out air based heat pumps because temperatures can get pretty cold on some days, here in New York City. Also because I prefer an abundance of heat rather than j ust enough of it.

So the alternative is a water sourced heat pump.

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Brownstoner is Brooklyn’s leading real estate website for apartments to rent in Brooklyn, New York. Brooklyn real estate changes fast, and on Brownstoner you can have the confidence that you will find up-to-date listings in every Brooklyn neighborhood, with photos and floor plans and the most recent information. Advanced tools give you the ability to search and save listings, and get real-time notifications about any changes in price or status. Brownstoner’s editorial coverage provides expert insights into what is happening in the real estate market, as well as highlights key sale and rental listings.

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Long before Brooklyn emerged as a globally recognized brand, the Dutch settled here in the 17th century and established towns that later grew into some of Brooklyn’s best-known neighborhoods, such as Brooklyn Heights, Flatbush and Bushwick. From its beginnings as a rural area consisting mostly of farms, Brooklyn grew into a prosperous and busy city of row houses, churches, parks, factories and ports during the mid and late 19th century.

The mission of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission is to protect the historically, architecturally and culturally significant buildings and sites in Brooklyn and in the five boroughs of New York City.

Brooklyn has a total of 33 historic districts. Below are the names, maps and dates of designation of all 33 districts as of April 2016. All maps by New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

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Is your house landmarked? Hold off before you paint that door or replace the windows!

You may need to check with the Landmarks Preservation Commission before making changes to your property. But don’t worry — routine repairs do not need approval, as long as they do not alter the appearance of the building.

The Commission has published a 31-page guide to helping homeowners repair, restore and renovate their buildings and navigate the LPC. Below, some excerpts and a link to the full guide:

Title: NYC Landmarks, Restoring Architectural Features – Application Guidelines

(Includes work required under Local Law 11/8)

Restoration and Repair of Masonry and Other Wall Surfaces

  • Brownstone and Limestone Repair and Restoration
  • Terra Cotta, Granite, Cast Stone and Other Masonry
  • Cast Iron
  • Wood: Clapboard and Shingle Wall Surfaces

Painting Roof Repair and Rehabilitation

Door Replacement and Restoration Stoop, Fence, Handrail and Related Details Restoration and Replacement

Substitute Materials

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The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, under Commissioner Robert B. Tierney and Mayor Bloomberg, published an in-depth manual to rowhouses. If you own a rowhouse, are dreaming of owning a rowhouse, or are interested in rowhouses, the manual provides a wealth of information. From the introduction:

New York City is recognized around the world for its 20th century, glass and steel skyline, yet architecturally it’s largely a 19th century city. Much of the New York’s architectural distinction derives from its rowhouses, the standard, narrow, three-to-five story residences that were constructed to house an expanding middle class population more than a century ago. These distinctive residences are the dominant building type in the majority of the City’s historic districts, and their care and maintenance have a substantial impact on its unique character.

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In 2005 the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission published a handy guide to NYC rowhouse styles, including Anglo-Italianate, Beaux-Arts, Federal, Colonial Revival, Gothic Revival, Greek Revival, Neo-Grec, Italianate, Queen Anne, Renaissance Revival, Romanesque Revival, and Second Empire. Today, the guide is every bit as relevant as it was in 2005. You can read the complete Rowhouse Style Guide PDF here. Excerpts follow below.

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The Brownstone Guide, published by the New York Landmarks Conservancy Technical Services Center, is an eight page PDF that is more a consumer’s brownstone maintenance and restoration handbook than a technical manual. Rather than a source of step-by-step instructions for repair materials and techniques, the Guide is designed to help owners of historic properties understand the character of sandstone and the basic causes of its decay.

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The Brownstoner Forum has hundreds of posts by hundreds of people about finding, refinishing and maintaining interior and exterior brownstone doors. Whether you are dreaming, planning, researching, building, shopping, restoring, maintaining or just curious about brownstone doors, the Brownstoner Forum can provide you with the information you are looking for.

If you are a door expert, or a home owner with experience, share with the community by visiting the Forum and contributing.