Brooklyn Thanksgiving Traditions and History

Thanksgiving in America has always been a rather strange combination of festival, food and frolic. We watch colorful parades in the morning, stuff ourselves in the afternoon and then retire to our couches to watch two teams of modern gladiators beat each other silly for the prize of a silver trophy.

Traditions have evolved since Thanksgiving became a national holiday in the 1860s, but the sentiment has remained the same. Here’s how late-19th-century Brooklyn celebrated, with massive feasts and costumed Fantastics. (more…)

Renovating An Old House

If you’ve ever renovated an old house, chances are there are some things you wish you’d done differently. Here are the top 10 things to know before you start — all from hard-won experience.

10. Do everything at once up front.
It will seem more expensive, but we promise you will save money and mental trauma in the long run. You only want to open and close the walls once. Plastering, painting and floor refinishing should all be done before you move in. (more…)

Gift Guide

Holiday shopping season is in full swing and — oh? You haven’t started shopping yet? Don’t worry — Brownstoner’s staff picked out a boatload of gift ideas to celebrate Brooklyn’s makers, bakers, authors and museums. And if buying physical stuff isn’t in your plans, there are plenty of other ways to give — via your time and donations — in Brooklyn, too. (more…)

Entertaining in Small Apartments -- Tips for Brooklyn Living

Food blogger and author Cathy Erway, right. Photo via Cathy Erway

Living in Brooklyn often means having at least a little more space than our Manhattan-dwelling peers — but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy to set out a holiday spread for 30. Or even a sit-down dinner for eight. But whatever space you’ve got, there’s always room for a party.

Here are some expert tips for entertaining in any square footage. (more…)

Brooklyn Rentals Park Slope Clinton Hill Below Average Rents

The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn is $2,617, according to the latest market report. For those of you looking out for a good deal, we set out to find five popular neighborhoods where rents are below average.

These are the neighborhoods where you stand a good chance of finding a one-bedroom apartment priced below the average. For each one, we chose an illustrative listing asking less than $2,600.

Which apartment would you choose?

Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Brooklyn Heights Promenade, 1954. Photo via Brooklyn Public Library.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Brooklyn Heights’ designation as New York City’s first historic district, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Law, the Brooklyn Historical Society is having a party — and Brownstoner is giving away two tickets. (more…)