Truman Capote Powerhouse Memoir

Though he was born in New Orleans and died in Los Angeles, In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany’s author Truman Capote lived on Brooklyn Heights’ Willow Street for a time during the late 1950s.

This period of his life was documented in a 1958 essay that has now been rejoined with David Attie’s lost photographs of the author in a book titled Brooklyn: A Personal Memoir. (more…)

Brooklyn Gardening: Fall Photos

Brooklyn gardens are in their final flowering. How is your garden looking?

As the air gets crisper but before the leaves start falling in earnest, we’d love to share your scenes of autumnal Brooklyn plantings. Send us your garden photos while you have the chance and we will publish them.

Email photos to laura [at] along with your neighborhood info and any details of interest to Brooklyn gardeners. Or simply tag @Brownstoner in a twitter or Instagram post and we’ll embed your picture.


Doors of Brooklyn

Joseph Lee Sweeney is a name few Brooklynites will recognize, and yet he left us with a remarkable legacy. A Park Slope resident, successful architect and gifted photographer, Sweeney scoured Brooklyn on foot, documenting hundreds of the borough’s gorgeous doorways. In 2004, he picked 30 of his favorite photographs to create an iconic poster called “The Doors of Brooklyn.”

Today marks the first anniversary of Sweeney’s death. In honor of his contribution to the community, we’re launching a tribute to Sweeney’s project by inviting you to share your portraits of Brooklyn’s majestic doors. (more…)

Brooklyn Bridge Park beach

Did you know that Brooklyn is the biggest hub for photography in the U.S.?

If you’re contributing to this trend and want your Brooklyn photos featured on Brownstoner, send your shots to laura [at] brownstoner [dot] com either as email attachments or via a link to a shared folder (e.g. Dropbox or Google Drive).

Please include your name and a link to your website if you have one, and they may be featured in one of our daily Blogwrap posts. Photos should be horizontal (no squares) and at least 1000 pixels wide.

Photo by Shinya Suzuki via Flickr


Since construction on the Manhattan Bridge began in 1901, the bridge’s Brooklyn-side tower has been beautifully framed by the brick warehouses on Washington Street near the water. The steel structure photogenically rises up out of the East River, the Empire State Building visible in the distance.

Visitors and tourists are ever standing in the middle of Washington Street to snap the same iconic shot — which caught a photographer’s eye even before the bridge’s span was complete.