Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A Fort Greene Reno, Clinton Hill’s Hot Bird Demolished

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    The Insider: Every Object Tells a Story in Fort Greene Brownstone Lovingly Decorated by Owner

    James Deaver is not a professional designer; he’s an attorney. But that didn’t stop him from hands-on planning a major renovation of his beautifully intact circa 1870s brownstone, then confidently decorating with antiques and vintage modern pieces acquired over time. As such, the place feels very personal, and every picture and object has a story to tell.

    Top 10 Brooklyn Real Estate Listings: Coignet in Gowanus, Greek Revival in Brooklyn Heights

    The most popular listings on Brownstoner include a row house in Bay Ridge, a brick house in Windsor Terrace and the famed Coignet Building in Gowanus.


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    Photo by Lewis Hine via Library of Congress

    A Glimpse Into Work and the Celebration of Labor Day in 19th Century New York

    While Labor Day now marks the end of the summer and the onslaught of the busy fall season, New Yorkers have been celebrating the American worker on this day since 1882.


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    Photo by Susan De Vries

    Gowanus’ Famed and Landmarked Coignet Building Hits Market for $6.5 Million

    Beautifully restored in 2016 after decades of decay, Gowanus’ landmarked Coignet Building is back on the market and asking $6.5 million. Built as the headquarters and showcase for the New York and Long Island Coignet Stone Company in 1873, it was one of the earliest cast concrete stone structures in the United States.


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    Photo by Craig Hubert

    Clinton Hill Bar Hot Bird Has Been Demolished to Make Way for Planned 29-Story Tower

    Hot Bird, a former late night-staple in Clinton Hill, has been razed. The bar, once known for its large outdoor area and banning of children, was taken down along with the entire side of the block on Atlantic Avenue between Clinton and Vanderbilt Avenues, which included a car wash and auto-repair garage

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