Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Weeksville Endangered, Design Shows to Catch

The Weeksville Heritage Center Education and Cultural Arts Building. Photo by Susan De Vries


    Breaking: Weeksville Heritage Center in Danger of Closing, Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

    The Weeksville Heritage Center is in danger of closing. It could happen as soon as July, according to an email sent today by the organization’s President and Executive Director Rob Fields.

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    Photo by Two Bishop Design via Brooklyn Designs

    Take in Some Interiors Inspiration at Design Shows During NYCxDesign This Month

    May is design month and for Brooklynites looking to refresh or renovate their living spaces there are plenty of inspiring options to check out.

    Interior Design Ideas Brooklyn Idan Naor Park Slope

    Photo by Cheng Lin and Idan Naor

    The Insider: Bright Park Slope Condo Stands Out for Covetable Kitchen and Out-of-the-Ordinary Baths

    When a developer purchased a century-old eight-family building outside the Park Slope historic district, he hired a childhood friend, architect Idan Naor of Gowanus-based Idan Naor Workshop, with a plan to massage the corner building, much wider than it is deep, into five condominium apartments.

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    Guests in the parlor at a party in April

    Common Opens 10th Brooklyn Location in Landmarked Clinton Hill Brownstone

    Last week co-living company Common opened its 27th residence and its 10th in Brooklyn in a landmarked Clinton Hill townhouse. A grand brick and limestone Colonial Revival built in 1909 by well-known Brooklyn architect John J. Petit, 417 Grand Avenue fell on hard times and was the site of a drug raid in 2014 before its most recent sale for $3.5 million in 2017 to developers Stuyvesant Group.

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    Ditmas Park Co-op With Vintage Details, Two Bedrooms Asks $650K

    This co-op in a Ditmas Park building that opened at the start of World War II came with all the modern design features of its era, such as the advertised Hollywood bathrooms, built-in bookcases, glass enclosed showers, colored tile bathrooms and arched openings. The 1940 marketing brochure portraying the entrance portico as if it captured the whole proves that unrealistic renderings are far from a recent phenomenon.

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