Everything ends up here eventually, but Made in Brooklyn is a column exploring native, born-and-bred borough creations.

Brooklyn-born sculptor Frederick MacMonnies’ daughters, Betty and Marjorie, alongside their governess and teddy bear, in the early 20th century. Photo via the Brooklyn Public Library

The teddy bear, the inspired creation of Russian Jewish immigrants Rose and Morris Michtom, was born in a Bed Stuy candy shop in 1902.


This two-bedroom duplex is in a distinguished house at 260 Decatur Street, on one of Bed Stuy’s best blocks. Designed by famed 19th century Swedish architect Magnus Dahlander, it’s loaded with nice detail that you don’t find in every rental, including mantels, pier mirrors, inlaid floors, fretwork, pocket doors, and stained and leaded glass.


511 Lafayette Avenue. Photos by Meredith Ries

When Meredith Ries began photographing the crumbling building across the street, she meant it be a “super-slow time lapse” documenting the passage of season and change. But once demolition permits were filed for 511 Lafayette Avenue in mid-November, the breakneck pace of Brooklyn construction caught up with the disintegrating century-old structure.

Brownstoner reached out to Ries to learn more about the building’s dramatic history and her photo project’s future.


In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’ve collected the stories of a few remarkable Brooklyn people (and places) who fought for racial justice — from the groundbreaking politician Shirley Chisholm to the rebirth of Bed Stuy, and the role of the Slave Theater in Afro-centric activism.

So grab a nice cup of coffee or tea and settle in to read a few tales to make you Brooklyn proud.


Brownstoner takes on Brooklyn history in Nabe Names, a series of briefs on the origins and surprising stories of neighborhood nomenclature.

Bed Stuy’s MacDonough Street block party, circa late 1970s. Photo via New York Magazine

From the Do or Die days captured in Spike Lee’s masterpieces Do the Right Thing and Crooklyn to the recently closed Do or Dine brunch bar, a snarky take on the same hard-living motto, Bedford Stuyvesant — Bed Stuy for short — has seen a great influx and exodus of communities in the last 100 years.