Photo by Tom Giebel via Flickr

You asked. We listened.

On March 21, Brownstoner will relaunch with a host of new features and upgrades that speak directly to what you want to see:

  • a faster, redesigned website
  • bigger and better images
  • a new real estate listings system
  • new commenting and forum capabilities (yes, you’ll be able to edit your comments)
  • and much, much more

It’s all part of Brownstoner’s evolution.

If you think back to the year this site was first launched, iPhones didn’t exist and Facebook was just for college kids. Times have changed. Brooklyn has changed. And now, Brownstoner is going to be even better.

Just about every corner of the site is getting a refresh. We’ll give you the full rundown with all the details when we launch. Excited? So are we.


Photos left to right: Shirley Chisolm via WNYC, Donald Trump by Michael Vadon via Wikipedia, Bernie Sanders by Gage Skidmore via Wikipedia, Hillary Clinton by Marc Nozell via Flickr, 1880s stereograph of Lincoln memorial at Grand Army Plaza via Robert Dennis Collection, New York Public Library

In honor of Presidents Day, we’re delving into the lives of presidential candidates, past and present, with a connection to Brooklyn. First up at 9:45, we look at how the lives of three presidential front-runners have intersected with Brooklyn.

Then at 10:30 we profile Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress. She ran for U.S. President in 1972. Enjoy and happy Presidents Day!


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.


Costumed revelers dance to Funkadelic at the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day in 2013. Photo by Hannah Frishberg

Before you head out to the annual Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island today — the festivities start at 1 p.m. — we have some holiday-themed reading for your day. First up: Our predictions for 2016.


Pull up a chair and settle down with a mug of hot cocoa and a candy cane, the better to peruse our holiday-themed reading today.

Even if you’re far away from Brooklyn, you can still take a virtual trip through the borough and its seasonal delights — holly-bedecked brownstones, Santas on the street, and the dazzling display of lights in Dyker Heights — via our morning holiday photo post.


It used to be that most of Brownstoner’s readers visited directly and basically read it like a newspaper.

Today, many people still do that — thank you! — but many also arrive via Facebook or Twitter, and increasingly, of course, people are reading the site on their phones.

With the limited real estate on the smartphone, though, most people aren’t looking for a newspaper-like reading experience anymore. Instead, they’re getting content pushed to their phone — via email, text messages, Facebook notifications, etc. — and interacting with it in more bite-sized installments.


We did it, Brooklyn! We released our version of Joseph Lee Sweeney’s “The Doors of Brooklyn” poster, and just in time for the holidays. To place an order click HERE.

This exclusive, limited-edition giclée print is the perfect gift for Brooklyn enthusiasts, burgeoning and established architects, and residents. Feeling lucky? Enter our raffle for a chance to win a free poster!


A very colorful Prospect Park. Photo by Edrei Rodriguez

In honor of the holiday, Brownstoner will be publishing special stories today and Friday.

First up is a guide to beautiful walks to take in Brooklyn to work off your Thanksgiving dinner. Later in the morning, our columnist Suzanne Spellen (aka Montrose Morris) will be taking a look at the history of Thanksgiving celebrations in Brooklyn.