09/30/13 12:00pm

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Over the weekend, New York Magazine and Dwell Magazine hosted City Modern, a house tour of 10 modern style homes in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The five Brooklyn picks were located in Boerum and Cobble Hill; the final stop on our tour was the beautiful Salle Residence in Fort Greene, formerly on the market for $10,000,000. (Sadly, we weren’t allowed to take interior photos of that home.) But after the jump, check out lots photos of a just-finished townhouse from the 9 Townhouses project, the James Cleary-designed condo build on Pacific Street, and townhouses on State and Dean streets. (more…)

09/13/13 12:00pm

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Welcome to the Hot Seat, in which we interview folks involved in Brooklyn real estate, architecture, development and the like. Introducing Justin La Mort, the Chair of Events and a Steering Committee Member at the North Brooklyn Boat Club. The club enables and advocates for human-powered boating on the waterways bordering Greenpoint and Williamsburg. To wrap up its season, the group is holding a benefit concert next week, promised to be “the best Superfund dance party of the season.”

Brownstoner: Where do you live, and how did you end up there?
Justin La Mort: I started out in a warehouse loft off the Williamsburg waterfront but once the condos went up so did the rent. Next I ended up being one of the first tenants in a Bushwick development on the site of the ribbon factory in a “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” then finished the North Brooklyn trifecta with a great old house in Greenpoint near McCarren Park. As of two weeks ago I’ve moved to Windsor Terrace so my girlfriend and I could shorten our commutes to South Brooklyn and enjoy all the green scenery without abandoning our love affair with the G train.

BS: How did the North Brooklyn Boat Club come to be? How did you get involved?
JLM: The North Brooklyn Boat Club (NBBC) was the brain child of local filmmaker Dewey Thompson, Christine Holowacz of the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning (GWAPP), and too many other great people to name here. North Brooklyn is in dire need of more open space and our city with hundreds of miles of shoreline only has a handful of access points into the water. NBBC was this DIY movement to open up not just the waterfront to the people but the waterways themselves. The idea quickly spread and with an outpouring of community support NBBC was awarded money from an environmental legal settlement that will one day fund the Greenpoint Boathouse.

After the jump, Justin explains why the NBBC picked Newtown Creek for its headquarters, what’s in the future for the club, and his favorite spots on the water… (more…)

09/06/13 12:00pm

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Welcome to The Hot Seat, in which we interview folks involved in Brooklyn real estate, architecture, and the like. Introducing David Colley and Elizabeth Keegin Colley, the authors of recently released “Prospect Park: Olmsted and Vaux’s Brooklyn Masterpiece.” The book is a detailed, visual look at the history of Brooklyn’s best park. (Check out a trailer for the book here.) The authors will speak about the book Saturday, September 21 at 2 pm at the Dweck Center of the Brooklyn Public Library as part of a Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event. Park landscape architect Christian Zimmerman will lead a park tour after the presentations.

Brownstoner: What neighborhood do you live in, and how did you end up there?
David Colley and Elizabeth Keegin Colley: While working on the book we were staying in a beautifully located apartment near the library, the Brooklyn Museum and the Botanic Garden. It was a wonderful neighborhood and convenient to Prospect Park so that Mary Liz [Elizabeth Keegin Colley, the book's photographer] could be out at all times of day and night and in all seasons capturing the moods of the park.

BS: What first drew you to Prospect Park, and why did you decide to write the book?
DC + EKC: With backgrounds in city planning, park boards and a shade tree commission, we have always loved parks. When traveling, we go to museums, take long walks, but spend inordinate amounts of time in public parks. When we heard the Prospect Park Alliance was looking for proposals for a history we responded immediately as a writer/photographer team. We have often worked together but this was a terrific opportunity and the first time we both started with just the germ of an idea and continued to publication. It has enriched our lives tremendously.

After the jump, the many joys of photographing Prospect Park, what the park was like in the ’70s and ’80s, and some little-known facts about Olmsted and Vaux’s masterpiece. (more…)