Is there anything more to say about Brooklyn cool? We thought the topic was exhausted, but over the weekend The New York Times’ T Magazine examined the meaning of Brooklyn as a brand in a brief essay. “To the extent ‘Brooklyn’ now designates more than a mere landmass, it means: small-batch production, urban husbandry, period facial hair, a fixed-gear bicycle, ‘Girls,’ ” the author found. Confusingly, however, areas as diverse and long-standing in their own culture as parts of Paris, Berlin and Stockholm are now said to be undergoing “Brooklynization.” This only starts to make sense once you consider that “everything we now associate with the word ‘Brooklyn’ actually originated 10 years earlier, in Portland, Ore.” It’s a strange case of the idea of local going global. “We reach out for reality, and no sooner do we brush it with our fingers than it turns into a brand,” said the Times.
Brooklyn: The Brand [T Magazine]
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A San Francisco-based co-working space called Makeshift Society is opening a location in Williamsburg on the first two floors of a converted warehouse at 55 Hope Street. Makeshift’s Brooklyn spot occupies 4,000 square feet across both floors and offers 17-foot ceilings, open seating and dedicated studio desks. It will also have a creative tool lending library […]
Here the developers have gutted a small one-family and turned it into three small open-plan apartments, each with two bedrooms. (The listing says there’s an owner’s duplex, but going by the floor plan, it seems to be referring to the cellar.) Some charm still remains in the form of beautiful fireplaces and the exterior, which has […]