Sweet N Low History

Photo by SAllan

You’ve seen the pink packets. You may even have seen the signs painted on a Fort Greene factory. But did you know that Sweet’N Low was born and based in Brooklyn?

From its origins just outside of the Brooklyn Navy Yard to its rise as America’s favorite sugar substitute, the story of this iconic sweetener is a Brooklyn one. Though the company plans to soon shutter its Fort Greene factory, its tale is far from over. (more…)

Fort Greene Brooklyn -- Brownstone Interior Design by David Kaplan

Ornate plaster moldings painted yellow-green are something you don’t see every day, but interior designer David Kaplan went all out with color in decorating this circa-1900 Fort Greene brownstone for a young family. “I’ll do neutral or monochromatic schemes for more timid clients, but I really had a good time here,” the Manhattan-based designer said. (more…)

Fort Greene Apartment for Rent -- 1 Rockwell Place

This loft-style two-bedroom sits within the converted 19th-century warehouse at 1 Rockwell Place in Fort Greene, near BAM, Fort Greene Park and a whole bunch of subway lines.

The distressed wood beams offer both a link to the building’s history and a distinctive feature, adding an industrial-rustic flair to the bright, high-ceilinged living space. The built-in shelving by the entrance is a nice touch as well. (more…)

Fort Greene Brooklyn -- 67 Hanson Pl History

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

When the iconic Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building was being built in 1927, it became a beacon, surrounded by other Art Deco buildings. This apartment building was one of them, dwarfing its brownstone neighbors.

Name: Originally the Doctors and Dentists Office Building; now apartments
Address: 67 Hanson Place
Cross Streets: Corner of South Elliott Place
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Year Built: 1929
Architectural Style: Art Deco
Architect: W.T. McCarthy and Murray Klein
Other Works by Architects: McCarthy: 13-15 Prospect Park West, Cathedral Arms and Chateau Frontenac apartment buildings in Flatbush, houses in Gowanus and Red Hook, and Concord Village apartment buildings. Klein: Storefront at Ashland and Lafayette (demolished), Avenue U Theater, row of store buildings on Flatbush Avenue near Church Avenue, Times Plaza Hotel on Atlantic Avenue, and apartment buildings in Manhattan.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Brooklyn Academy of Music Historic District (1978)

The Doctors and Dentists Building

This Art Deco apartment building replaced a smaller office building built only 19 years before, in 1910. That six-story building was called the Doctors and Dentists Building, developed by a consortium of physicians and hailed as the first of its kind in Brooklyn. (more…)

Fort Greene Apartment for Rent -- 62 Fort Greene Place

On view today is a one-bedroom floor-through on the parlor floor of a Fort Greene brownstone. Listed by Jerry Minksy and Mina Kim of Douglas Elliman, it’s renting for $3,500 a month.

Which isn’t a great bargain for a one-bedroom, but it’s a nice one, in a nice-looking house. It’s got high ceilings, being on the parlor floor, and generous spaces. (more…)

Brownstone Renovation & Interior Design In Fort Greene Brooklyn

Good thing Park Slope-based designer Jennifer Morris has a background in the hospitality industry. When a couple who’d just bought a four-story, 18-foot-wide brownstone in Fort Greene called her mid-renovation for help “picking out finishes,” she naturally asked, “Where’s your layout?” The reply: “We don’t have one.”

The homeowners had no architect, though demolition and construction were already well under way. The garden floor, where the new kitchen was slated to go, had been gutted, the hallway opened up to the main living space. “They’d never done a renovation before and didn’t know what to ask or anticipate, or what the process should be,” Morris recalled.

Morris enlightened them about design coming before renovation — “not while you’re standing in a gutted space.”

She rolled up her sleeves, cleared her schedule, and created a new layout for all four floors, found a kitchen fabricator, selected materials, finishes, furnishings — “all in lightning speed,” said Morris, a former designer for the Rockwell Group, known for hotels and restaurants worldwide. “Fortunately, my background is ‘We need 500 chairs by tomorrow!’” (more…)

Brooklyn Interior Design: Hilary Robertson's Elegant Vintage Home in Fort Greene

When stylist Hilary Robertson moved to Brooklyn nine years ago, she left behind nearly all of her furniture in England. Finding the right kind of pieces to furnish her new home was initially challenging, but a visit to the Brimfield Antiques Flea Market in Massachusetts proved a revelation.

Robertson’s Fort Greene home isn’t jam-packed with the heavy, dusty cast-offs of other eras. Rather, a carefully curated selection of antiques adds character to the designer’s elegant aesthetic.