Carroll Gardens House for Sale -- 509 Clinton Street

Located at the corner of 4th Place and Clinton Street in Carroll Gardens, this brick row house has a few distinguishing quirks, including the fact that it sports two addresses — 46 4th Place and 509 Clinton Street.

The entrance is at the rear of the building, on 4th Place, where there’s a one-story extension housing a small studio apartment. The rest of the 3,200-square-foot house holds three units, one on each floor. Which means some refiguring is in order for anyone who wants to carve out an owner’s duplex or triplex. (more…)

11/23/15 12:31pm

Renovating An Old House

If you’ve ever renovated an old house, chances are there are some things you wish you’d done differently. Here are the top 10 things to know before you start — all from hard-won experience.

10. Do everything at once up front.
It will seem more expensive, but we promise you will save money and mental trauma in the long run. You only want to open and close the walls once. Plastering, painting and floor refinishing should all be done before you move in. (more…)

11/23/15 11:31am


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The holiday season doth approach, and you’ve got a lot to do. Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, you’ve got the turkey, the lights, the tree, the Hanukkah candles, the plane tickets, the wrapping paper… In all the excitement, are you forgetting something?

While you’re compiling your holiday to-do list, make sure that “get your apartment insured” is somewhere near the top. Unfortunately, ’tis the season for break-ins while you’re away on vacation, cooking accidents, and home fires caused by Christmas lights, candles, dry trees and fireplaces. There are many things you can do to prevent these mishaps, but if the worst should happen, you want to make sure your personal belongings are protected.

Fortunately, getting your apartment insured may be the easiest item to check off your to-do list. Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc. has been New York City’s most trusted source for apartment insurance for over fifty years, and they will work with you to find the best policy.  (more…)

11/23/15 10:15am

Gift Guide

Holiday shopping season is in full swing and — oh? You haven’t started shopping yet? Don’t worry — Brownstoner’s staff picked out a boatload of gift ideas to celebrate Brooklyn’s makers, bakers, authors and museums. And if buying physical stuff isn’t in your plans, there are plenty of other ways to give — via your time and donations — in Brooklyn, too. (more…)

11/23/15 8:30am
Brooklyn red sky 2015

Sunday’s Brooklyn sunset. Photo by Jeff Scherer

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Below, ride along with a Brooklyn bike commuter on a cloudy fall day. (more…)

11/21/15 10:30am

This post courtesy of Explore Brooklyn, an all-inclusive guide to the businesses, neighborhoods, and attractions that make Brooklyn great.


Including streams and lakes, Brooklyn has 26 square miles of water area, while the surrounding New York Harbor allows direct access to the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. From catch-and-release fishing at Prospect Park to salt water fishing at any of its beaches or piers, Brooklyn is an angler’s paradise.

While commercial deep-sea fishing operations usually take care of licensing requirements for guests, everyone over the age of 15 must acquire a fishing license to ply the city’s freshwater lakes and rivers. Find out more about fishing licenses here.

Brooklyn VI Fishing (Sheepshead Bay) welcomes newcomers and experts alike onto its 110-foot long, 26-foot wide super cruiser for deep sea fishing excursions. The boat gets high marks from reviewers for the fishing, the captain and crew, the snack bar, and even the DJ. You can bring your own line and tackle or rent from the crew; up to 15 blue fish can be kept or released for each guest. For the late fall and winter months, Brooklyn VI Fishing focuses on blues, striped bass, and mackerel.

Brooklyn VI Fishing photo via Facebook. (more…)

11/20/15 4:47pm
Window shopping 5th Ave Park Slope

Window shopping on 5th Avenue in Park Slope. Photo by Josh Kesner via Flickr

In the News
Crown Heights Playground Gets a $5 Million Sustainable Revamp [Curbed]
Is this Crown Heights Co-Living Space Illegal? [Crain’s]
Sunset Park Rave Vies for Older Crowd [NYT]
Wonder Wheel to Open on New Years Day for First Time Ever [Brokelyn]
New Development Townhomes Trending in Neighborhoods Across Brooklyn [REW]
Tax-Subsidized Tenants Caught Renting Out Affordable Queens Apartments on Airbnb [CBS]

The best design feature in a home? Click through to see. (more…)