Four brick walls with some remnants of floor joists and staircases — that’s all that was left of a 25-by-50-foot three-story building on Coffey Street, erected in the 1860s by the Atlantic Dock Company as workers’ housing.

“You couldn’t even walk around in most of it,” recalled architect Rafe Churchill, who was hired to help the building’s new owners convert the two upper floors into a home for their family of four, with a rental unit beneath. “We had to use a ladder to get up to the second floor.”


This classic 1850s brick row house — one of five identical structures on a North Heights block — was quite a gem even before its extensive renovation.

In the hands of the same family for 70 years, until it was bought by a couple of British ex-pats in the art business, it had suffered decades of benign neglect.

Beyond that, “it hadn’t been touched, it hadn’t been chopped up, and the details, although needing a lot of work, were somewhat intact,” said Brooklyn Heights–based architect Lorraine Bonaventura, who was hired to make the house sparkle again.


Rendering of 26 West Street by Karl Fischer

When Brownstoner last wrote about architect Karl Fischer’s underwhelming design for 26 West Street, we acknowledged that it was “a cut above” his average work. But the latest rendering of this seven-story 96-unit Greenpoint building — though still an architectural patchwork — is almost not bad.

What do you think?


Rendering of 71 White Street by ODA Architecture via ArchDaily

There was a time when graffiti signified dereliction and neglect. But no more — not in Bushwick, anyway.

Highfalutin architecture firm ODA — the designers of such refined boxy buildings as the Rheingold Brewery development and planned Pier 6 towers — have chosen to incorporate existing graffiti into the transformation of a dismal Bushwick warehouse into a futuristic-looking 100-key hotel with retail on the lower floors.


Photos by Cameron Blaylock for Architensions

The holidays can get hectic. Wouldn’t it be lovely to escape to your own quiet space for a bit of contemplation? Architensions — a multidisciplinary architecture and urban design studio based in Greenpoint — recently completed a peaceful-looking writing pavilion for the backyard of a Brooklyn client.

Check out this beautiful little building.


We did it, Brooklyn! We released our version of Joseph Lee Sweeney’s “The Doors of Brooklyn” poster, and just in time for the holidays. To place an order click HERE.

This exclusive, limited-edition giclée print is the perfect gift for Brooklyn enthusiasts, burgeoning and established architects, and residents. Feeling lucky? Enter our raffle for a chance to win a free poster!


There’s great design freedom on a block where early-20th-century multi-families are mixed with recent condominiums constructed in what Park Slope-based architect Jeff Etelamaki of Etelamaki Architecture calls “McModern” style. “The lack of uniformity presented an opportunity for a bold façade design,” as he put it — and the lack of interior detail provided a clear path to the light-filled, modern home his clients wanted.