Mayor de Blasio's proposed new mansion tax would affect precious few Brooklyn homes, a study finds.
What is brownstone, and why did 19th-century builders select it for townhouse facades in Manhattan and Brooklyn? A brownstone expert explains.
A lecture series that covers all things related to brownstones in Brooklyn continues with a discussion about how to evaluate a townhouse before purchasing.
Topped only by the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the most important and frequently renovated rooms in any house or apartment.
After refacing a brownstone, is it normal to have cracks in the freshly finished facade?
A six-part lecture series about the history and care of Brooklyn's 19th century townhouses kicks off with the history of Park Slope architecture by noted Brownstoner author and historian Suzanne Spellen.
Symmetry, leafy brackets and over-the-top ornament are just a few of the facets of this Italian-inspired style — the classic look of Brooklyn brownstones.
This may be the only townhouse in Brooklyn with a room dedicated to a urinal, entered via swinging saloon-style doors. “It’s the kind of thing you can do when you have 6,000 square feet,” said Elizabeth Roberts of Ensemble Architecture.
The busy Gowanus-based firm masterminded the transformation of this five-story, 25-foot-wide corner building, taking it from a three-family plus doctor’s office to a four-story home for a single family, with a rental apartment and a professional office on the garden level.
It was a lucky score: an 1890s brownstone in Carroll Gardens with an exceptionally long (70 feet) parlor floor and a load of well-preserved detail. The new homeowners came to Brooklyn-based architect Kim Hoyt for help creating an owners’ duplex out of two separate flats, as well as a new kitchen at the rear of the parlor floor.
Though currently a hot commodity, brownstones aren’t known for their energy efficiency.
“It’s amazing how much money is spent just heating building materials,” Michael Ingui, Partner at Baxt Ingui Architects, recently told Brownstoner. But that’s no longer the case in at least one newly renovated townhouse — the first passive-certified, landmarked home in Brooklyn.