Brooklyn Life

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We aren’t exactly paying the mortgage around here with the site, so we have to survive on the occasional scrap of recognition that comes our way. So we were pleased to learn yesterday that Brownstoner is one of ten finalists in the category of the Most Innovative Media Sites in the 2005 Inman Innovator Awards. Also in the running are Curbed (Go Lock!), Property Grunt and several larger companies like New York Times Real Estate and Real Estate Journal. The winner will be announced on July 27 at the Inman conference in San Francisco.
Innovator Award Nominees [Inman]

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Back in the Fall when we were still planning the renovation we let our excitement get the better of us an we went out and spent more money than we really could afford on a couple of beautiful lights from Phil Watson’s Vintage Lighting. As we’ve discovered, picking lighting is very difficult. We’ve covered a lot of ground on the Internet getting a handle on all the options and out there and have to say that this is our favorite site by far.
Nickel Plated Wall Lights [PW Vintage Lighting]

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This Bed Stuy baby’s a beauty but it’s pushing the envelope price-wise. If you’re a believer in the long-term Bed Stuy story, though, this could be a wonderful place to grow old in. To be fair, the 5-story, 5,700-square-foot mansion is less than half a block from Clinton Hill, where this would probably cost another $500K. It’s hard to tell from the limited photos what the interiors are like, though the kitchen looks recently remodeled and the listing claims lots of original details. Anyone seen it yet
Gates Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

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On the advice of a reader, we consulted Charles Lockwood’s bible Bricks & Brownstone to get the scoop on the East 10th Street house we featured last week. As suspected, it turns out the house and its neighbors were built a good deal earlier than 1899–between 1859 and 1861 to be precise. Lockwood devotes considerable verbiage to the group of houses in his Wast Village walking tour:

Next to the Stuyvesant Fish house is the “Renwick Triangle”, at Nos. 23-35 Stuyvesant Street and Nos. 114-128 East 10th Street. These Anglo-Italianate row houses are attributed to James Renwick Jr., who is best known as the architect of the Smithsonian Institution’s “Castle” on The Mall in Washington D.C. These row houses were some of the last single-family homes built in the neighborhood, and they have always been among the most sought after properties in the East Village.

So there you have it.
Close Up on 128 East 10th Street [Brownstoner] GMAP
Vermiculation Abounds [Brownstoner]