Cate Corcoran has written for the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Salon and San Francisco. She is renovating a wood frame house in Brooklyn and is obsessed with real estate, renovation and places that time forgot.
L train shutdown be damned. One of the most ambitious — and attractive — Brooklyn office developments to come along in decades is betting on reshaping the geography of the city — and where the worker of the future lives, works, and plays — by giving startups a place to flourish in Williamsburg.
But first, the block-long development at 25 Kent Avenue has to go through the lengthy public approval process known as ULURP. (more…)
A family was five minutes into an inspection of their Crown Heights dream house when it abruptly came to an end. The inspector had discovered a gas leak in the cellar — actually a crawl space — and ordered everyone out of the house.
A simple, unpretentious option for a smaller bathroom, the humble wall-hung sink can take on a variety of guises. In the hands of modern designers, even a vintage number can appear smart, serene, or rich, depending on the materials with which it’s paired. (more…)
A gut renovation opened up this now loft-like Williamsburg home. Photo by Ensemble Architecture
Renovating a house can be one of those bank-account-draining experiences that make a designer shoe habit or dining in three-star restaurants look cheap in comparison.
But how much does it cost — or should it cost — to renovate a home? Some believe a top-shelf Brooklyn townhouse renovation costs at least $1 million. But there’s also a vocal subset who hold fast to the idea that almost any house can be renovated for $200,000 — or less.
Along with the Nets, fixies, Patrick Stewart, and hydroponic kale, Brooklyn has fireplaces. Amazing fireplaces. The kind of mantels that could inspire a move — if you don’t live here already. Here are 15 we can’t stop dreaming about. (more…)
Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Photo by Barbara Eldredge
Yes, it’s true, the mind-boggling Brooklyn real estate boom of the last three years slowed in the fourth quarter, just as real estate agents predicted. No, not everyone will agree, but the numbers have spoken. (more…)
In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we’ve planned some relevant reading inspired by the great man’s legacy. First up, the stories of a few remarkable Brooklyn people and places involved in the fight for racial justice. (more…)