Brooklyn Paramount Theater -- History & Restoration

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

The Brooklyn Paramount Theatre was one of Brooklyn’s famed movie palaces. Like most of the great movie palaces built in the 1920s and ’30s, the Paramount was ornate and over the top. It’s now on its way to being restored, but it was almost lost forever. Here’s a look at its early days. (more…)

Greenpointers fall market

Autumn in Brooklyn is a season of discoveries, where every leaf is a new flower and the first signs of sweater weather lure residents out into crisp sun-kissed afternoons. And so was the case on Sunday, when Brownstoner visited the annual Greenpointers Fall Market for a full day of live entertainment, shopping courtesy of 50-plus vendors, and activities, including henna tattooing (our favorite part of the day). (more…)


On September 22 we launched an Instagram photo challenge that pays tribute to the late Joseph Lee Sweeney and his iconic “Doors of Brooklyn” poster. To commemorate the first anniversary of his passing, we asked our readers to submit their own photos of their favorite Brooklyn doors.

On October 24, Sweeney’s birthday, we will present a second homage to his work with a new poster featuring 30 doors from your submissions!

To join the photo challenge, post your favorite door on Instagram along with the hashtag #thedoorsofbrooklyn and the tag @brownstoner. You can also send photos directly to maude [at] brownstoner [dot] com.

See what others have been posting. (more…)