Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: How Brooklynites of the Past Kept Cool


    Park Slope Neo-Grec With Restored Woodwork, Back Wall of Glass, Wine Cellar Asks $6 Million

    This lushly appointed Park Slope brownstone has all the rich detail one would want in a house of this vintage along with the perks of a recent architect-designed renovation. Just steps from Prospect Park, it’s located at 226 Lincoln Place.

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    How the Victorians Kept It Cool Inside During a Brooklyn Summer

    Let me just start by stating the unthinkable. I don’t have air conditioning. Now, I am not opposed to A/C. I think it is invaluable in the workplace, in public gathering places, restaurants, stores, the subway and in cars, but I never wanted it in my house.

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    Move-in-Ready Brick Houses, Two With Parking, to See This Weekend, Starting at $935K

    Last week’s open house picks were all brick houses that are move-in-ready and have at least some original interior features. Located in Greenpoint, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Bay Ridge and Midwood, they range in asking price from $935,000 for one with parking in Midwood to $3.75 million for a row house in Greenpoint.

    6 Things You Must Know Before Installing a Fence

    People must be dreaming of outdoor projects while they stay home as this story from 2018 is particularly popular again this week. If you are mulling a new fence for your backyard oasis, there are six things you should consider.

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    Left: A tax photo of the waterfront near present-day Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5. Right: The Brooklyn Bridge from Water Street. Photos via Municipal Archives, City of New York

    Park Slope Programmer Maps Brooklyn’s Historic 1940s Tax Photos

    A new website maps Depression-era tax photos of every building in the city, making it easier for researchers and history buffs to navigate several hundred thousand snapshots of buildings from 1940s New York City, according to the site’s Brooklyn creator.

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