Poor Queen Anne! Her name is synonymous with the catchall of architectural style — a flamboyant and eclectic design genre that caught on in Brooklyn at the end of the 19th century.

But how in the world did a little-known queen of England get her name on an entire period of architecture that took place almost 200 years after her death? And what is Queen Anne architecture, anyway?


Conceptual rendering of 930 Flushing Avenue by Raad

It’s like Kansas landed on a Brooklyn rooftop.

These stunning conceptual renderings for Bushwick’s controversial Rheingold Brewery mega-development depict almost everything you could want in a Brooklyn building: a luxe hotel, retail and residential space, swimming pool and, of course, the city’s — possibly the world’s — largest urban farm.


Rendering of 101 Pennsylvania Avenue via 101penn.com

The modern medical building rising at the corner of Atlantic and Pennsylvania avenues is a beaut — all angled glass with illuminated super graphics and geometric detail. The structure is much more than the typical generic office box.

Its good-looking design is especially heartening as the building is replacing one of East New York’s most significant historic buildings, the East New York Savings Bank. Designed by Richard Upjohn Jr., it was demolished last year.

(Incidentally, the address has changed. The old building’s address was 91 Pennsylvania Avenue. The new building’s address will be 101 Pennsylvania Avenue.)

What do you think of the rendering? Read on for more details and photos.


There’s a cautionary tale for prospective homebuyers in the case of this four-story brick house that had lost its neighbor to one side.

“The sellers didn’t allow my clients to do a structural inspection. That signaled something fishy,” said architect Sarah Strauss, AIA, of the Bed Stuy-based design/build company Bigprototype, which was called in after the purchase to do what the new homeowners originally thought would be a relatively modest interior renovation.


South facade from Pacific Street

While much of the focus in Brooklyn’s development boom has been on the recently rising towers downtown, many medium-sized projects are cropping up in neighborhoods across the borough. One such project — going up at 465 Pacific Street in Boerum Hill — will feature an unusual brick and metal facade.

Alhambra Apartments on Nostrand Avenue. Photo by Suzanne Spellen

There’s nothing like a Gilded Age apartment to set the heart racing — or to inspire a swap for one’s first born, as the movie Rosemary’s Baby so famously depicted. That particularly coveted real estate showstopper was located in Manhattan’s Dakota building, home to stars from John Lennon to Lauren Bacall.

But Brooklyn has its grand apartment buildings too. These immense elaborate structures attracted admiration like no others — and they still do today.


Construction is proceeding at a rapid pace at Greenland Forest City Partners’ 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, part of the massive Pacific Park/Atlantic Yards development.

You may have thought the modular tower known as B2 or 461 Dean Street would have already reached its full height by now, since it was the first building to break ground, back in 2012, but in fact that honor goes to the market-rate tower at 550 Vanderbilt.

Designed by COOKFOX Architects, it embraces the company’s principles of biophilia and materials that are tied to neighborhood context. In more simple language, that means large windows will afford ample daylighting and expansive views of Brooklyn and beyond, with flowering planters at the sill.