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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.

Just a reminder to sign up for the Brownstoner Daily Alert. It has all the main stories of the day as well as listings. To sign up, enter your email address in the box at the upper left hand corner of this page, where it says “Sign up for the Brownstoner daily email.” You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Holiday greetings, everyone! This will be our last post this week because of the holiday. We will be publishing on an abbreviated schedule next week, with Daily Links, breaking news, and perhaps the occasional other story. We will not publish on New Year’s Day. We will resume our regular publishing schedule on Friday, Jan. 2. Have a wonderful holiday and see you in the new year!

Email notifications on Brownstoner give you mobile, tablet, and desktop access to the most up-to-date information about the Brooklyn real estate market, including new listings for sale or rent, open houses, saved searches, saved listings, and much more.

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Once you’ve saved a search or a listing to your account, you can get email notifications that let you know about listings that match your search parameters, or changes to any listings that you’ve saved.

As soon as a listing is created, Brownstoner retrieves these new and updated listings. The listings are processed and any new or updated listing that matches your saved listings or saved searches will be sent to you by email virtually simultaneously. These emails are optimized for mobile, tablet and desktop giving you the ability to keep track of properties you are interested in wherever you may be. (more…)