Brooklyn Life

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Metalwork, Red Hook. Photo by Lex’s Folly
New Gallery at Brooklyn Museum [NY Times]
Stanhope Hotel Sold [NY Times]
Brooklyn Bridge Park Critics [NY Post]
Can Anything Stop Housing Market? [Washington Post]
Residential Sales [NY Times]
Critics: Park for Rich Only [NY Daily News]
Big Ideas for Small Spaces [Philly.com]
10 Design Rules to Break [Boston Globe]
Shelter: Wunderbar, Wunderbar [Village Voice]
Community Group Keeping Tabs on Cops [NY1]
Red Hook Development in Perspective [Amy Langfield]

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Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies just released its latest report on the home remodeling industry. Homeowners and rental-property owners spent a total of $233 billion on improvements in 2003, with more expensive projects like kitchen renos and new additions leading the way. Not surprisingly given the age of the housing stock and high household incomes, the Northeast and Midwest were the strongest regions.
Home Remodeling Industry [Harvard Center for Housing Studies]

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One of the last things we need to do before we get started on our renovations is to find the bathtub for the master bathroom. We still have many fixtures, finishes, etc. that remain undecided, but our GC needs to know what the major appliances and fixtures are in order to rough in the new plumbing lines. We had been salivating over the antique ceramic tubs at Demolition Depot on 125th Street, but the nice ones there are upwards of $5,000. So on the way back from the parents’ in Connecticut, we stopped by United House Wrecking in Stamford.