Brooklyn Brownstoner montrose Morris Suzanne Spellen Book

Over the past seven years, I’ve written more than a thousand Buildings of the Day and hundreds of Walkabouts and Past and Present columns — all under the screen name Montrose Morris. In the process, I’ve learned a great deal about Brooklyn and its magnificent architecture and history.

I’ve been passionate about chronicling stories about the fascinating people, places and events that have slipped through the cracks of time. It’s important to know the past as we rush headlong into the future.

I’ve long dreamt of writing a book about these passions. And now I will be doing just that. It will be Brownstoner’s first in-print publication, to be released around holiday time of 2016. (more…)

Brooklyn Gardening: Fall Photos

Brooklyn gardens are in their final flowering. How is your garden looking?

As the air gets crisper but before the leaves start falling in earnest, we’d love to share your scenes of autumnal Brooklyn plantings. Send us your garden photos while you have the chance and we will publish them.

Email photos to laura [at] along with your neighborhood info and any details of interest to Brooklyn gardeners. Or simply tag @Brownstoner in a twitter or Instagram post and we’ll embed your picture.


Brownstoner reader survey 2015

It’s been a few years since we last asked you to fill out a reader survey (five, to be exact) so here we are again, on bended knee, hoping that you’ll take a couple of minutes to give us some anonymous feedback and data. All of the information is submitted anonymously and is definitely interesting to see, which you will, because we’ll share it with you after the survey’s done next week. Here’s the link.

Photo by Barbara Eldredge


Workers on strike in 1979 pictured in the Daily News. Photo by The Weekly Nabe

We hope you’re giving your summer clothes a workout and enjoying the long weekend and unofficial end to summer. For your reading today, we’ve scheduled two pieces on Labor Day history.

The first, by our columnist Montrose Morris, looks at the beginnings of the holiday. It started in New York City when workers demanded eight-hour workdays.

Our second piece talks about five historic strikes in Brooklyn. It kicks off with the Trolley Workers Strike of 1885 and ends with the Postal Workers Strike of 1970. The latter resulted in a new law giving postal workers the right to organize.


For the start of this Independence Day weekend, we’ve planned some holiday-relevant reading. First up: where to see fireworks in Brooklyn — and how to beat the crowds.

Next, the story of Independence Day celebrations in a Norman Rockwell-esque small town in upstate New York. Enjoy.

Photo by Victoria Belanger

Brownstoner is looking for a writer and editor obsessed with real estate and lifestyle in Brooklyn. The Regional Editor and Brooklyn Reporter will report, write and edit news and features on topics such as history, architecture, real estate and lifestyle in Brooklyn and beyond, and attend occasional evening events such as community board meetings. (more…)

We have an exciting announcement to make. Brownstoner has a new owner: BlankSlate. The deal was announced today.

Please join us in welcoming BlankSlate CEO Kael Goodman as our new publisher. You may recognize BlankSlate as the company that helped to create such Brownstoner features as the Brownstoner Local Home Pros directory of real estate and home professionals, as well as the Brownstoner real estate listings. For several years, BlankSlate has also been handling Brownstoner’s advertising and marketing.

Brownstoner will continue to be the go-to site for people obsessed with Brooklyn, real estate, old houses and renovation. But there are some new changes on the horizon. We’ll be expanding our editorial scope, with more original content and more stories about things you care about, such as interiors, renovation, and living in Brooklyn. We’ll also continue to enhance our real estate listings and our Local Home Pros service providers marketplace.

Thank you, Mr B., for 10 years and more than 42,000 blog posts.

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