Late last week Flavor Wire ventured into “Unknown Brooklyn,” which, as Sheepshead Bites put it, is “almost exclusively Southern Brooklyn.” There are some great photos of Sea Gate, Bush Terminal, Calvert Vaux Park, Floyd Bennet Field and the mansions of Mill Basin. News to us was the existence of abandoned Long Island Railroad tracks in Midwood, pictured above. The line actually runs from Bay Ridge through a big part of the borough all the way into Queens. Do readers have any favorite “unknown” spots that the essay doesn’t mention?
Photo Essay: Unknown Brooklyn [Flavor Wire]
Photo by Dave Mandl via Flavor Wire
Last week, we got some really depressing news from the plumber. We have to repipe our third-floor bathroom, and the only way to do it is to drop the the ceiling of the second-floor bathroom (our bathroom), which means tearing out an original window that provides ventilation and access to the air shaft and main stack. Well, we don’t want to do it. But we don’t want to live with the sewer gas smells coming from the three leaks in the lead piping either. The only thing we can think of that might save this situation is to drop the floor of the air shaft into the closet below, so we can reinstall the original window a few inches lower. Crossing our fingers that we’ll discover there are no joists in the way there. (In the photo above, you can see the window, and the hole we cut in the ceiling so the plumbers could inspect.) Have you ever encountered a similar problem, where some urgent mechanical or structural repair necessitated destroying an original architectural or design feature of your house? What did you do? Please post any photos here.
Above is a photo of our kitchen, currently under construction. We’re doing some plumbing work to the right of the fireplace. Once that’s finished, we’ll restore all the moldings in the room, stain the bead board, plaster and paint. The question is, before we plaster, should we put in two points for sconces on each of the short ends of the room? Also, what ceiling fixture should replace the one in the middle of the ceiling? We’re thinking about pendants with flat opal glass shades for over the sink. Though actually we don’t mind the bare Edison bulbs that are there now too much. What about you? What are you using or thinking of using for kitchen lighting? Please share your photos and ideas here. Thanks! (more…)