02/04/16 4:30pm

“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…)

02/04/16 4:00pm
Coney Island Brooklyn Steeplechase Pier

Steeplechase Pier at Coney Island. Photo by David Tan via Flickr

In the News
Smorgasburg’s Dosa Royale Opening Second Brooklyn Outpost in Clinton Hill [DNA]
Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Brooklyn Tax Exemptions Totaled $368 Million [Crain’s]
Big New Williamsburg Development Will Wipe Out Three Restaurants [Gothamist]
Bed Stuy Board Says Nabe Has Enough Homeless, Mentally Ill [BK Paper]
Revamped Brooklyn Borough Hall to Become First Stop for Tourists [NYDN]
Court Hearing on Alleged Pierhouse View Plane Obstruction Today [BHB]
Developers Required to File Affordable Housing Plans as if Inclusionary Zoning Were Already Law [TRD]

There’s been lots of talk today about Mayor de Blasio’s proposal for a streetcar along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront. Read on to hear why one commenter thinks it’d be great — and two ways it could be made even better. (more…)

02/04/16 1:00pm
Gang Violence Brooklyn

DA Ken Thompson announced the indictments of 18 members of the No Love City Gang. Video stills via NBC

The NYPD has made another major gang bust — one that it says will put a damper on a wave of crime that has plagued Brooklyn residents from Dumbo to Flatbush. Incredibly, say police, the Flatbush-based gang was responsible for the drive-by shooting that rocked Dumbo back in October. (more…)

02/04/16 12:15pm

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…)

02/04/16 11:31am

This three-story, two-family townhouse at 19 Dennett Place is located on a one-of-a-kind block in Carroll Gardens.

19 Dennett Street

Sponsored By Brooklyn Bridge Realty.

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The townhouse offers a living room, dining area, and kitchen on both the first and second floor. The eat-in kitchen on the first floor is finished with granite, lots of counter space, and a dishwasher. There are two full baths, and a laundry room on the lower level. The lower level master suite bedroom features a custom jacuzzi bathroom, barbecue patio, and extra storage.

There is a lot to choose from in the area. There are multiple restaurants, cafes, and bars right down the street and even more options for shopping nearby on Smith Street. The F and G trains are two blocks away, and there are multiple schools in the area.

The ask is $1.595 million, and there is an open house Sunday, February 7, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Click through for more photos.

19 Dennett Place [Brooklyn Bridge Realty] GMAP (more…)

02/04/16 10:04am
Brooklyn Streetcar Queens Connector

Photo of Mayor Bill de Blasio by Kevin Case via Wikipedia. Rendering from Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector via NYT

Bummed the L train might not run for a year? Cursing the G train’s spotty service? The Mayor finally has some good transit news — he’s backing the Brooklyn Queens Connector, a high-profile proposal for a 16-mile waterfront streetcar line running from Sunset Park to Astoria.

If built, it will be a transportation breakthrough for Brooklyn. But hold onto your Metrocards, the trek to streetcar utopia won’t happen overnight. (more…)

02/04/16 9:04am

Junios Cheesecake Brooklyn

Brooklyn has something of a reputation as an incubator for creative talent and eclectic eats. Sure, we’re all happy when an iconic Manhattan biz like Katz’s Deli or Russ & Daughters decides to cross the East River, but an even bigger trend at the moment is the national expansion of much-loved Brooklyn brands.

Junior’s Cheesecake — a true borough mainstay — has had outposts in Times Square and Grand Central for years. But the famous bakery and its mouth-watering desserts are making a big play for the national spotlight. (more…)

02/04/16 8:45am
Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center Tickets

Photo via Wikipedia

Consider this our early Valentine’s Day gift to you and your loved one, because nothing says “I love you” (or “I love Brooklyn”) quite like getting four free tickets to watch the Nets go up against the Memphis Grizzlies on February 10 at Barclays Center.

To enter, simply sign up for our raffle, below. The winner will have to pick up tickets on Friday at our HQ in Dumbo. (more…)

02/04/16 8:30am
Gowanus Brooklyn Winter 2016

Park Slope. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
Mansion Planned Next Door to the Montauk Club [Eagle]
Could Building on NYCHA Land Save de Blasio’s Affordable Housing Plan? [NYO]
Neighbor Takes Some De(Con)struction Pics [Q at P]
Revealed: 2100 Bedford Avenue in Flatbush [NYY]
Planning Commission Passes de Blasio’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Proposal [TRD]
CubeSmart Buys Coney Island Self-Storage Building for $49 Million [TRD]
Clinton Hill Specialty Store Brooklyn Victory Garden to Close [DNA]

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Are you familiar with “dollar vans”? They make up a New York City transportation system that serves areas not so easily reachable by the MTA, often used in low-income neighborhoods with large immigrant communities. See a map of their routes, below, and learn more in this interactive feature from The New Yorker. (more…)

02/03/16 4:30pm

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


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…)