Brooklynites can get out and enjoy another new public space this summer with a roster of free public programs sponsored by the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership. The season of events, dubbed ‘Move on Myrtle,’ kicks off on Thursday, June 21 with a day of music and an official ribbon cutting… Read More >The post Get Ready for a Summer of Free Public Programming at Myrtle Avenue Plaza appeared first on Brownstoner.
Experience the past and present of Brooklyn with a new exhibition of contemporary art at the borough’s oldest house. This weekend the Brooklyn Arts Council launches ‘Nou La – We Reach!’ in collaboration with the Wyckoff House Museum in East Flatbush. The exhibition at the 17th century farmhouse explores Caribbean migration to… Read More >The post Join an Artful Celebration of the Caribbean at Wyckoff Farmhouse in East Flatbush appeared first on Brownstoner.
Domino Park officially opened Sunday — the fanfare included acrobatics, music and performances — and was flooded with children all weekend. Sunday’s overcast and drizzly skies didn’t deter them from jumping into the fountain or climbing the Domino Sugar Refinery-themed playground equipment. Views of the river and passing boats, the… Read More >The post Domino Park Opens on the Williamsburg Waterfront (Photos) appeared first on Brownstoner.
Kushner Companies Pulls Out of Two of Brooklyn’s Biggest Development Sites Kushner Companies has sold off its stakes in two of its biggest Brooklyn properties, apparently in a move to raise cash for its embattled business. — The Insider: Modern Duplex Arises From Gut Reno of Structural Nightmare in Carroll Gardens The owners of… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Kushner Companies Out, Domino Park to Open appeared first on Brownstoner.
You’ll be able to immerse yourself in the mind-bending designs of M.C. Escher with a special exhibition opening up this month at Brooklyn’s Industry City. More than 200 works by the Dutch graphic artist, known for his mathematically precise, yet seemingly impossible, drawings will be on display in what is being… Read More >The post Alter Your Reality and Step Into the World of M.C Escher at Industry City appeared first on Brownstoner.
The Insider: Architect Reconfigures Art-Filled Park Slope Townhouse With Fresh, Unfussy Style After a decade of living in a lower duplex with two rental units above, these homeowners decided it was time to take over more of their townhouse. So they called on architect Alexandra Barker of Gowanus-based Barker Freeman Design… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: An Art-Filled Renovation, Gardening in Raised Beds appeared first on Brownstoner.
Step into the summer season by getting outside to explore Brooklyn’s natural beauty with a guided tour of Prospect Park. The two-hour tour will explore the 150 years of history packed into the park with a look at the hidden natural and man-made wonders of the green space. Walkers will… Read More >The post Take a Trek Through History With a Walking Tour of Prospect Park appeared first on Brownstoner.
While Memorial Day for many is a way to kick off the summer season, it’s also meant to be a day of remembrance. With its origins as Decoration Day following the Civil War, it’s long been a chance to remember and honor soldiers who have died in war. Brooklyn has… Read More >The post Remembrance and Celebration: Memorial Day in Brooklyn appeared first on Brownstoner.
Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany Buy Brooklyn Heights Townhouse for $15.5 Million Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany are returning to Brooklyn. The actors, who have been married since 2003, purchased an 1840s Greek Revival townhouse in Brooklyn Heights for $15.5 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. — The Insider: Bed Stuy Brownstone… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany Returning to Brooklyn appeared first on Brownstoner.
The “museum of street art” is coming back to Coney Island. Coney Art Walls, the annual street art showcase created in 2015, will open this summer’s program on May 25 and will remain open from 12 pm to 8 pm daily through September. Located at 3050 Stillwell Avenue, bordered by Bowery Street, West… Read More >The post Another Summer of Street Art at Coney Art Walls Opens on May 25 appeared first on Brownstoner.
Brooklyn history lovers, design fans and real estate aficionados will have a chance to peek inside some stylish homes with the return of the Boerum Hill Association’s house tour. Held once every two years, this year’s event will take place on Saturday, June 2. Although the exact locations haven’t been divulged,… Read More >The post See Inside the Stunning Homes of Boerum Hill With the Return of the House Tour appeared first on Brownstoner.
Cantilevered Residential Tower Will Loom Over 4th Avenue in Park Slope Another building is set to sprout up on 4th Avenue in Park Slope. Renderings spotted outside 269 4th Avenue display a 12-story u-shaped building, with what might be an open courtyard on the ground level. — Carroll Gardens ‘Cottage’ With Hobbit Door,… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Building Backyard Decks, a New Cantilevered Tower appeared first on Brownstoner.
Break out the party hats and help celebrate the 199th birthday of writer Walt Whitman this month. The festivities, a “multimedia exploration” of Whitman’s life and legacy, will take place at the Brooklyn Historical Society on May 29. The lineup includes a mix of scholars, poets and performers, including Greg Trupiano… Read More >The post Celebrate the Legacy of Brooklyn’s Bard Walt Whitman With the Brooklyn Historical Society appeared first on Brownstoner.
Think you know all the hidden secrets of Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery? If you are confident of your knowledge of the 19th century landscape and its massive collection of gravestones, sculptures and mausoleums, then an upcoming scavenger hunt will give you an opportunity to prove your Brooklyn trivia superiority. Urban Archive,… Read More >The post Hunt for History Amidst the Tombstones of Green-Wood Cemetery With Urban Archive appeared first on Brownstoner.
Park Slope Brownstone and Three More to See This Weekend, Starting at $1.375 Million It’s going to be another nice weekend, and all of our open houses are in close proximity to Prospect Park. Located in Park Slope, Prospect Park South and Windsor Terrace, one could use some updating. — The Insider: Park… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Going Solar in Brooklyn, a Railroad Apartment Redo appeared first on Brownstoner.
If you have been wondering about the architectural treasures of Crown Heights you can satisfy your curiosity with an upcoming walking tour focusing on the history of residential development in the area. As the subway lines spread out into the borough in the early 20th century so did developers, constructing blocks… Read More >The post Check Out the Residential Jewels of Crown Heights South With a Walking Tour This Weekend appeared first on Brownstoner.
Pull out your garden tools, the annual Brooklyn Botanic Garden Plant sale will be returning this month, just in time for your gardening season. Head to the garden’s Cherry Esplanade to check out the thousands of plants up for sale in what is billed as the “largest collection of plants in… Read More >The post Get Your Garden Ready With Some Plants From the Annual Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sale appeared first on Brownstoner.
Live the American Girl Dream in the Grand Second Empire Home of Doll Samantha Parkington Here’s a grand Second Empire style mansion in Westchester County brimming over with 19th century charm and enough 20th century pop culture bona fides to give it some extra cachet. Depending on your cultural touchstones, the… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Living Like an American Girl Doll, a Park Slope Revamp appeared first on Brownstoner.
If you’ve wondered about the history of some of New York’s most intriguing houses of worship and wanted to slip inside for a closer look, you can satisfy your architectural appetite this month. The New York Landmark Conservancy’s eighth annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend will take place on May 5… Read More >The post Peek Into the Architectural Wonders of Brooklyn’s Houses of Worship During Sacred Sites Weekend appeared first on Brownstoner.
To celebrate the launch of another season of programming, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy is starting things off with Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival. The family-friendly event is free and includes a packed schedule of hands-on activities. The festival will take place on Saturday, May 5 from noon to… Read More >The post Get Your Colorful Kites in the Air at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Festival appeared first on Brownstoner.
Stunning Brownstone in Bed Stuy and Three More to See This Weekend, Starting at $1.825 Million With the weather outside finally approaching something other than dreary, there’s no better time to hit the pavement and visit some open houses. Of our four picks, one needs some work, two have details galore… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A Rental Gets a New Look, the Architecture of Fieldston appeared first on Brownstoner.
The annual celebration of independent record stores across the country is upon us once again. Record Store Day, first conceived in 2007 and more popular than ever, happens Saturday, April 21. In Brooklyn, a number of stores are “officially” participating, including Rough Trade, Halcyon, Norman’s Sound and Vision and Earwax in… Read More >The post Long Lines and Packed Crowds Await at Record Store Day in Brooklyn on Saturday, April 21 appeared first on Brownstoner.
The Insider: Suddenly Single Designer Redecorates Her Fort Greene Rental for a Fresh Start When interior designer Lauren Wills’ significant other moved out of their shared apartment mid-lease, her rent instantly doubled. But because she loved the sunny, loft-like space on the top floor of an older multi-unit building, she decided… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Modest Renos Transform Living Spaces appeared first on Brownstoner.
Come join the preservation conversation. On March 3, preservation nonprofit Historic Districts Council will hold their annual conference, which is participant-driven. Instead of the traditional conference structure, which features an audience listening to lectures from a series of professionals, here your voice is integral to the discussions. The topics are… Read More >The post Lead the Discussion at the Historic Districts Council’s Annual Preservation Conference appeared first on Brownstoner.