Gavin McInnes Vice Williamsburg Brooklyn

Photo to 80 Metropolitan Avenue PHV via Halstead. Video still of Gavin McInnes via Rebel Media

Has Williamsburg lost its luster, or is Gavin McInnes just cashing in? The Vice Media co-founder — who left the company in 2007 citing “creative differences” — has listed his luxe 1,300-square-foot penthouse for $2.499 million, as first noted by Curbed.

That’s more than double what he paid for the pad a mere five years ago. (more…)

Brownstoner takes on Brooklyn history in Nabe Names, a series of briefs on the origins and surprising stories of neighborhood nomenclature.

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Golden City Amusement Park in 1922. The park was razed to make room for the Belt Parkway in 1939. Photo via brooklynpix.com

Deep within the alphabetized grid that characterizes Brooklyn’s southern residential realms, Canarsie is still steeped in the awnings and accents of another era in the borough’s history. (more…)

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“The Kouwenhoven Farmhouse, the house that my great grandparents occupied from about 1900 until 1925 when the land was sold to developers and Kings Highway was expanded. The figures on the porch were farm hands.”

An old Dutch farm that once stood in Flatlands is gone but not forgotten. A Brownstoner reader sent in never-before-published family photos and stories of life on the farm circa 1900, when his great-grandfather lived there. (more…)

Bed Stuy Brooklyn Apartment for Rent -- 260 Decatur Street

This two-bedroom duplex is in a distinguished house at 260 Decatur Street, on one of Bed Stuy’s best blocks. Designed by famed 19th century Swedish architect Magnus Dahlander, it’s loaded with nice detail that you don’t find in every rental, including mantels, pier mirrors, inlaid floors, fretwork, pocket doors, and stained and leaded glass. (more…)

Brownstoner takes on Brooklyn history in Nabe Names, a series of briefs on the origins and surprising stories of neighborhood nomenclature.

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Flatbush and Church avenues, circa 1918. Photo via Brooklyn Historical Society

Flatbush encompasses a sprawling mass of central Brooklyn, serving as a main artery and residential hub for more than 100,000 Brooklynites as well as being the borough’s literal center. (more…)

Park Slope Brooklyn House for Sale -- 848 Carroll Street

This circa-1905 neo-classical townhouse, at 848 Carroll Street in Park Slope, is a domicile of distinction, enough so that it is listed in the AIA Guide to New York City. Designed by architect William B. Greenman, it’s “a narrow bay-windowed neo-classical exile from the Upper East Side,” says the guide.

As it happens, an “exile from the Upper East Side” — a breed that’s been crossing the river in meaningful numbers lately — may be exactly who buys it. If not one of those, exactly, then someone else who covets an elegant, expansive home that carries the whiff of old-money privilege — and who can face down a stratospheric price tag. (more…)

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The view from Bushwick Inlet Park in Williamsburg. Photo by Mary Hautman

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning proposal has gotten a lot of flak from local community boards, but at least one Brooklyn City Council member is throwing his support behind the plan. And he’s gunning for a ‘Burg-style rezoning of Bushwick — but, this time, with tons of mandatory affordable housing. (more…)

Prospect Heights Brooklyn Co-op for Sale -- 135 Eastern Parkway

Situated in the Turner Towers, the Art Deco co-op building at 135 Eastern Parkway, this two-bedroom, two-bath unit offers high-ceilings, an elegant pre-war feel and a fair amount of space — around 1,300 square feet.

The large eat-in kitchen needs redoing, which could be considered a negative — or an opportunity to create one in accordance with your own vision. The listing, from Tracey McLean at Corcoran, says the bathrooms need work as well, though we quite like the old-school black-and-white-tile scheme in the one pictured. (more…)