Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A Skinny House For Sale, a History of the Bathroom

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    Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in Brooklyn (2019 Edition)

    One of the biggest questions each Fourth of July concerns where the best place might be to see the fireworks. Where are the biggest crowds? How early do I have to arrive to see anything? Is the spot kid friendly? Will there be drinks? Would I rather watch adults eat hot dogs in the blazing-hot sun?

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    Crown Heights Brick House Loaded With Prewar Details, Two-Car Garage, Porch Asks $1.599 Million

    This early 20th century tapestry brick townhouse in Crown Heights is brimming with original detail in remarkably good original condition, such as a dining room whose textured wall panels still have their original faux leather finish.

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    The 10-Foot-Wide Skinny House of Mamaroneck Holds History Within Its Diminutive Frame

    The nation’s economic spiral after the stock market crash of 1929 took one man’s business and home, but with a scrap of land and a whole lot of ingenuity, he built a tiny house that would shelter his family through the Great Depression.

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    1940s bathroom. Illustration via American Standard Plumbing Fixtures Catalogue

    From Pakistan to Brooklyn: A Quick History of the Bathroom

    Topped only by the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the most important, and therefore most installed or renovated rooms in any house or apartment. Twenty-first-century Americans LOVE their bathrooms.


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    Four to See With Fancy Woodwork, Mantels and Room for Improvements, Starting at $1.095 Million

    Our picks for open houses alternate between unlikely luxury from humble beginnings and faded glories of previous eras with potential for future greatness.

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