Brooklyn Life


After reading about building material recycler Build It Green NYC on Apartment Therapy a couple of weeks ago, we swung by its Long Island City warehouse to check it out. Yesterday’s post on the Services blog reminded us that we hadn’t written it up yesterday. When we visited, Justin was still overseeing the build-out of the vast space and the inventory level was modest. We’d say only about 20% of what they had on hand at the time had any historic charm, but we were still able to walk away with an old arched, paned window for $10. There were some old doors we liked and several old radiators for $20 a pop too. There’s already plenty of standard, charmless stuff like doors, windows, cabinets, etc for very cheap. Bottom line: BIG is still ramping up its operations, but it is still well worth the visit at this point. We hope it will become an invaluable resource in a city where most “salvage” shops are increasingly unaffordable.
Build It Green [Website]
Cheap Building Materials [Brownstoner Services]
Build It Green! NYC [Apartment Therapy]


A fellow Brownstoner wrote to us looking to find a good home for this mirrored mantel. (He’s keeping the lower fireplace portion.) He had been considering putting it on ebay but, but decided he wanted it to stay in Brooklyn. It’s probably about 100 years old (the house was built in 1889) and in very good shape. Dimensions are 53″ wide, 39″ high and 8 & 1/2″ deep. Please note, that while the picture shows the entire fireplace, it is only the mirrored mantel top that he’s looking to sell. Please email if you are interested.


A reader wrote in to us with some recommendations for good plasterers. Of his first recommendation he wrote, “Nice work, original craftsmen.”

Architectural Ornaments
196 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 852-1656

More suggestions after the jump…


Best Mom-and-Pop Restaurant: Applewood [Park Slope]
Best New Restaurant: Franny’s and Frankies 457 [Prospect, Carroll]
Best Under-the-Radar Restaurant: Ici [Fort Greene]
Best Beer Bar: Spuyten Duyvil [Williamsburg]
Best Williamsburg Scene: Supreme Trading [Williamsburg]
Best Gay Bar: Metropolitan [Williamsburg]
Best Brooklyn Bar: Brooklyn Social Club [Carroll Gardens]
Best Video Games: Barcade [Williamsburg]
Best Stainless Steel Kitchen Builder: Commercial Kitchen [Ridgewood]
Best Real Estate Resource: [Internet]