04/22/14 4:00pm

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There will be five homes, all with gardens or landscaped decks, on The Brooklyn Heights Association’s house tour this year. Also on the program are refreshments and guided tours of the sanctuary at the historic Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims.

The tour takes place Saturday, May 10, from 1 to 5 pm. Tickets ($30 for members in advance, $40 for non members) can be purchased the day of the tour at St. Ann’s School at 129 Pierrepont Street, according to the Brooklyn Heights Blog.

There is also a “patron brunch” for $300 a ticket in the morning.  For more info about the tour, email housetour@thebha.org or call the BHA office at 718-858-9193.

04/01/14 4:00pm

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After a hiatus, the Fort Greene house tour is back and will take place May 4. The theme is “At Home With the Arts.” Houses include one that appeared in “Girls,” and another with three floors of glass walls for light and views. Also open to tour takers will be Urban Glass, BRIC’s new TV studios designed by Thomas Leeser and the Mark Morris dance studio.

The tour starts at the side plaza of Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center at 262 Ashland Place near Fulton Street. Tickets are $25 in advance from www.fgahousetour.org and $30 on the day of the tour.

Image by Fort Greene Association

12/10/13 12:00pm

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For years, we’ve been dying to go to the house tour in Newburgh, N.Y., called the Candlelight Tour, and this year we finally did. A few years ago, we’d heard of Newburgh because we read the blog Door Sixteen, but we didn’t know anything about it. One day we were tagging along with a friend who had business in town, and were simply agog when we stepped out of the car. The streets are like an outdoor house museum, with picture postcard examples of different architectural styles spanning the 18th through the early 20th century.

Newburgh’s perch overlooking the Hudson makes it extremely scenic as well as important militarily. It was a key spot during the Revolutionary War (George Washington’s house there is now a museum) and it became a fancy resort town in the late 19th century. It fell on hard times about 90 years later. Its history has been well documented here and here by the blog Big Old Houses.

The house tour, which took place Sunday, was brimming with friendly folks, above, all of whom seemed to know each other and have interesting stories to tell about their houses. We wish we could have stayed for hours more. We highly recommend the tour — and lunch at the always delicious Mexican restaurant the Maya Cafe in nearby Fishkill. Has anyone else attended the tour? Click through to the jump for tons of pictures. (more…)

10/07/13 11:00am

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Outgoing Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz kicked off the Crown Heights North Association house tour Saturday, congratulating the group on the state of the neighborhood and their successful landmarking efforts. The group presented him with a Crown Heights-themed pillow, sewn by none other than our own Montrose Morris, who coordinated this year’s house tour from her home upstate and also wrote the program guide. “My dream was always to be Brooklyn borough president — nothing more,” Markowitz added, saying “I’m not leaving voluntarily. Term limits!”

After the jump, photos of some of the houses on the tour, taken with permission of the home owners. (more…)

09/27/13 4:00pm

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Dwell magazine’s City Modern Brooklyn home tour is coming up this Sunday, September 29. Five townhouses will be open for viewing, including the Flavor Paper headquarters and one of the State Street townhouses designed by Marvel Architects, above. The project was the first full block of new row houses to be completed in Brooklyn since the 1920s, according to the firm.

Photo by Marvel Architects

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The Sixth Annual Crown Heights North house tour is coming up October 5, and the 35th Annual Bed Stuy tour is scheduled for October 19. A beautifully intact and updated Crown Heights house, 1234 Dean Street, above, which we featured as a House of the Day, will be on the tour. Click through to the jump for another look at the house’s original stove, and to see how the owners incorporated it into a newly renovated kitchen.

A Look at This Year’s House Tours [Brownstoner] (more…)

07/30/13 12:00pm

Mark your calendars! The Sixth Annual Crown Heights North House Tour is scheduled for Saturday, October 5 from 11 am to 4 pm. The festivities will kick off on the corner of St. John’s Place and Brooklyn Avenue. The tours typically go through a variety of homes, churches and organizations. You’ll be able to purchase tickets on the Crown Heights North website and at Barbara’s Flowers (615 Nostrand Avenue) and Yanatiba (714 Washington Avenue). Tickets are $20 ahead of time and $25 the day of the tour.


More than 500 people turned out for the 43rd Annual Prospect Lefferts Gardens House & Garden Tour on June 2. Highlights included an artist’s studio, townhouses from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, prewar apartments, and seven private gardens. The Lefferts Gardens Montessori School was also open for visits. As you can see from the photos, taken by Brownstoner regular Bob Marvin, and published here with permission, the interiors and decor varied widely, showcasing touches of Victorian, mid-century mod and the latest in kitchen design. There was even a statue of a horse (at least, we think it’s a statue). Restoration and renovation specialists and the homeowners were on-site to discuss their work and share resources. Click through to the jump to see more photos, and to Bob’s Flickr page for even more.
43rd Annual Prospect Lefferts Gardens House & Garden Tour [Flickr]

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04/17/13 11:00am


Warm weather means house tour season is starting soon! Not every neighborhood association has published its 2013 tour dates yet, which run through October, but here are some of the upcoming ones that have been set:

Brooklyn Heights
May 11
Brooklyn Heights Association
Brooklyn Heights Blog

Park Slope
May 19
Park Slope Civic Council

Prospect Lefferts Gardens
June 2
Lefferts Manor Association

Victorian Flatbush
June 9
Flatbush Development Corp.

Correction: As of yet, there is no Fort Greene house tour scheduled for this year.
Photo by the Park Slope Civic Council

10/01/12 12:00pm


The Bed Stuy annual house tour is coming up soon. No one is allowed to publish photos or addresses in advance, but we hear from one of our well-placed sources that one of this year’s featured properties is decked out entirely in Aesthetic Movement style from the 1870s and ’80s, and its next-door neighbor, also on the tour, is entirely modern. The 34th Annual Tour takes place Saturday, Oct. 20 from 11 am to 4 pm. Before the tour is a free homeownership workshop about how to finance the renovation or purchase of a home in Bed Stuy at 9 am. The Bed Stuy Bazaar runs from 10:30 to 3:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 from Little Red Boutique, Bed-Vyne Wine or Sista’s Place. They are $20 at the door. The tour is organized by Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant Inc. and starts at the Boys High School at 832 Marcy Avenue, at the Putnam Avenue entrance.
Photo by Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant Inc.

05/04/12 12:19pm


Tomorrow, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., the Fort Greene Association will hold its 2012 “House Tour Select.” According to the chair of the association, the proceedings will be as follows: “Join me…I’ll be there at House Tour Select this weekend along with many of your neighbors as we take a personalized tour of some of Fort Greene’s finest. Fuel up…Included in your ticket and to fuel the walk, the talk, and the fun we’ll kick off the day at our Brunch Buffet at one of Fort Greene’s great restaurants. Come hungry to enjoy: Southern Fried Chicken or Smothered Chicken, Country Ham,Fried Whiting, French Toast with Fresh Strawberries, Homefries, Grits, Fresh Fruit Salad. Walk if off… As you tour 4 gems of the neighborhood. Chat directly with the owners about renovation techniques and decorating styles, browse through before and after shots, and pick up the local legends and stories that are unique to every home in Fort Greene. Cool down and relax…And then after tour our very special selection of “knock out” homes we’ll treat you to a intimate wine tasting in the cave of one of our local wine merchants. Get a taste of something different and go home with another new Fort Greene find.” Today is the last day to buy tix online, which cost $75 for members of the association, and $85 for nonmembers.