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]
Brooklyn, one building at a time. Name: Wood framed semi-detached row house Address: 133 Carlton Avenue Cross Streets: Myrtle and Park Avenues Neighborhood: Wallabout Year Built: 1840s Architectural Style: Greek Revival Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No, but part of a proposed Wallabout Historic District. The story: In spite of all that’s happened on this block of […]
Bushwick’s Swallow Cafe has just opened a second location at 493 Driggs Avenue between North 9th and North 10th streets in Williamsburg. It opened Saturday and serves coffee, tea, sandwiches and pastries. There’s a short bar that will soon have a few stools under it. The otherwise nondescript storefront has a little hand-painted sign with […]
Yup, another incredible house on Arlington Place is for sale. The Renaissance Revival brownstone at No. 5 was built by George P. Chappell in 1887 and was a Building of the Day in 2012. It’s next door to the Crooklyn house, which sold for $1,700,000 in July. The house at No. 1, previously an SRO and delivered […]
We featured plenty of apartments at the Newswalk building in Park Slope in our day, but this two-bedroom duplex has to be one of the biggest and nicest of them all. The first level is a large, loft-like living area with a kitchen and bathroom; upstairs are two bedrooms and another bathroom along with a […]
This two-bedroom, two-bath pad at 100 Luquer Street — the building that prompted a downzoning in Carroll Gardens — has big windows and that bright new-condo feeling. The 1,079-square-foot apartment comes with a private balcony, central air, master bath with radiant heat and a large storage/laundry room. Designed by Karl Fischer (whether that’s a negative […]