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.


This four-story Italianate brownstone at 163 Dekalb Avenue boasts all sorts of elegant period details and sits on a prime block directly across from Fort Greene Park. Wedding cake plaster decorations, eight working marble fireplaces, and original pocket doors with etched glass are some of the goodies inside.

The condition is somewhat ambiguous — upgraded but perhaps not quite fully renovated, if we interpret the listing correctly.


The wait is almost over: Phase 1 of the townhouses at Navy Green are within weeks of occupancy. By the time the snow from this blizzard melts, you could be settling into one of these airy three- or four-bedroom homes, each featuring over 3,000 square feet of space.

We recently went on a tour of one of the homes, and when we weren’t too busy daydreaming of living here ourselves, we took plenty of pictures of the interiors for you to check out. Come on inside!


Photo by SAllan

You’ve seen the pink packets. You may even have seen the signs painted on a Fort Greene factory. But did you know that Sweet’N Low was born and based in Brooklyn?

From its origins just outside of the Brooklyn Navy Yard to its rise as America’s favorite sugar substitute, the story of this iconic sweetener is a Brooklyn one. Though the company plans to soon shutter its Fort Greene factory, its tale is far from over.


Ornate plaster moldings painted yellow-green are something you don’t see every day, but interior designer David Kaplan went all out with color in decorating this circa-1900 Fort Greene brownstone for a young family. “I’ll do neutral or monochromatic schemes for more timid clients, but I really had a good time here,” the Manhattan-based designer said.