Interior Design Ideas Brooklyn David Stark

Photo by Claudia Uribe for New York Magazine

After more than 40 move-in-ready apartments failed to entice event designer David Stark and his husband — the performer and artist Migguel Anggelo — the pair finally settled on a 1,500-square-foot Brooklyn Heights apartment, according to a recent feature in New York Magazine. The corner unit had great light and great views. But unlike its new owners, the home was bland and boring.

So Stark and Anggelo enlisted designer Jane Schulak — founder of design advocacy group Culture Lab Detroit — and the Red Hook-based creative studio MADE to transform the home into a showstopper. (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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Construction of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and the Brooklyn Queens Expressway on August 18, 1948. Photo via New York City Parks Photo Archive

Built atop a bluff, Brooklyn Heights is one of the borough’s most affluent, star-studded ‘hoods. (more…)

Jehovah Witness History Brooklyn

The Jehovah’s Witnesses — aka the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society — first came to Brooklyn in 1908, in hopes of having their sermons syndicated in newspapers alongside the writings of the borough’s most famous pastors. It was under the Watchtower’s autocratic second leader, Joseph F. Rutherford, that the religious group truly began practicing the art of Brooklyn real estate.

This is the 100-year story of how the Jehovah’s Witnesses grew to be a global phenomenon and came to own some of Brooklyn’s most valuable properties. (more…)

Jehovah Witness History Brooklyn

Left: Letter from the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1969. Right: Photo of the Watchtower buildings by Joe Mable via Wikimedia

Here’s a fun blast from the past. After reading our post last week on how the Jehovah’s Witnesses came to Brooklyn, a Brownstoner tipster sent us the 1969 letter mailed out by Witness President Nathan H. Knorr when the organization bought their largest buildings in Brooklyn Heights.

Posted to church members around the globe, the letter thanked everyone involved for helping purchase the former pharmaceuticals complex — which was promptly put to use as paper storage. The letter also mentions the installation of the now-iconic Watchtower sign. (more…)

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Photo by Emily Nonko

It was supposed to be a mini modern marvel: an innovative zigzagging, bouncing wooden bridge spanning the BQE to connect Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Bridge Park. But less than two years after opening, the Squibb Park Bridge was abruptly closed because of structural instability. And it’s still closed.

Today, Brooklyn Bridge Park revealed that it is now suing the creators of the ultra-bouncy bridge — engineering firm HNTB, who are also building the new Kosciuszko Bridge — for $6 million over what it says is a faulty design. (more…)

Brooklyn Renovation St George Hotel Tower Lobby

Photo by David Joseph

This isn’t a transformation you see every day. When the St. George Tower — once a wing of one of the largest and most luxurious hotels in the entire city — was converted into co-ops in 1984, the old hotel’s service entrance became the new co-op’s lobby. For decades, the space remained sponge-painted beige and depressingly drab.

But just last year, a renovation designed by Katz Architecture transformed the worn and ill-lit entrance into a clean, lavish space with details harkening back to the building’s Art Deco past. (more…)

Jehovah Witness History

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have been making headlines in Brooklyn since they moved their headquarters here in 1909. Back then they were called the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, led by a charismatic man named Charles Taze Russell.

In the last five years, the Witnesses have been in the news for selling off an impressive portfolio of Brooklyn real estate — like the soon-to-be finished Dumbo Heights complex, 200 Water Street and 85 Jay Street in Dumbo.

But how did this all this come to be? (more…)

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Photos of Anbau President Stephen Glascock and Managing Director Barbara van Beuren from Anbau. Photo of Pineapple Walk by Barbara Eldredge

The mystery developer offering big bucks to build a tower along Brooklyn Heights’ Pineapple Walk dramatically upped their ante this week — to the tune of $130 million — and revealed their identity. (more…)