See Big Lazy at Union Pool this week. Photo: Big Lazy Well, made it to 2017! Happy New Year everybody! I don’t know about you all, but I’m utterly spent. The holiday season this year was an absolute gauntlet, what with the usual stressors of present shopping and parties and trying to finish out the year strong at work plus everyone I know getting nailed with either a stomach bug or a cold or both and the increasing pressure to remain casual in the face of mounting political uncertainty. Somehow every holiday-related gathering I attended seemed to end …
The Myrtle Avenue El may have closed to riders almost 50 years ago but a treasure trove of images by Brooklyn native Patrick Cullinan provides a glimpse into the daily commute along the vanished line. Cullinan picked up his camera during his student days, commuting on the El to… Read More >The post Take a Trip on the Myrtle Avenue El (Photos) appeared first on Brownstoner.
A Long Island Railroad train derailed at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal this morning around 8:20 a.m., causing minor injuries to 76 people, according to officials. The train sped past the platform and hit the bumper block, coming to an abrupt stop and partially derailing, reported the New York Daily News. The crash comes… Read More >The post Dozens Injured as LIRR Train Derails at Atlantic Terminal Wednesday Morning appeared first on Brownstoner.
This new two-bedroom unit in Midwood is quite large, and has a pair of outdoor spaces and a number of features that’ll appeal to certain buyers, like dual refrigerators. It’s in a recently constructed building called the Bristol, at 1195 Ocean Parkway, at the corner of Avenue L. It’s got a large… Read More >The post Midwood Condo with Two Bedrooms, Two Balconies and Two Refrigerators Asks $899K appeared first on Brownstoner.
When we first released Brooklyn Bel Air Sour as a Brewmasters Reserve last year, we were already proud of the work behind the beer. For over two years, our Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Lab Manager and Microbiologist Drew Bombard labored to find the precise balance of sharp, clean acidity and tropical fruit they dreamed of striking in a sour ale. Brooklyn Edible captured the tale, and it’s well worth the telling. But what really matters is that…
Brooklyn’s known as one of the most expensive places to live in the entire country — but the million-dollar question at the start of 2017 is: How was the market for new-development housing in the borough in 2016 and what’s the outlook going forward? In a year-end report by Halstead Property… Read More >The post Brooklyn New-Development Condo Sales End Year on High Note: Median Closing Price Up 49 Percent appeared first on Brownstoner.
The dawning of the new year is an ideal time to step back, take a look at your surroundings and get organized. To make tackling your home projects a bit easier we’ve rounded up our best home-decluttering advice. A Space-Starved Brooklynite’s Best Home Organization Advice: Get Rid of Your… Read More >The post Start the New Year Organized appeared first on Brownstoner.
A black feather boa was a must-have women’s accessory in the late 19th century and, if Brooklyn Daily Eagle lost and found classified ads are anything to go by, flocks of the fluffy plumes ornamented the borough, lost by their wearers. While a festive holiday accessory, black boas were popular… Read More >The post The Lost Black Feather Boas of Brooklyn appeared first on Brownstoner.
Brooklyn will be home to even more exceptional pie in 2017. Photo: Gentl & Hyers There’s plenty to be excited for in 2017, dear BB readers, at least as far as your mouth is concerned. Here are some highlights, from the second official location of the best pie shop in the entire city to the reopening of a beloved–and formerly tiny–Vietnamese restaurant, to a new permutation of the fried chicken craze that has had its hold on New York for the past year or so. Four & Twenty Blackbirds The Elsen sisters are opening their official second location (not including pop-ups and the small sandwich and pie window at the Brooklyn Public Library) in February…
Top 10 Brooklyn Real Estate Listings: Fixer-Uppers and Wraparound Porches The majority of our most viewed listings this week were priced at over $1 million. There was one listing just shy of the million-dollar mark –– a fixer-upper in Bed Stuy asking $999,900. _ Kushner Wraps 85 Jay for $345 Million, Big Deal… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Kushner Snaps Up 85 Jay, Sevigny’s Park Slope Pad appeared first on Brownstoner.
For the last time in 2016, we’re taking a look back at how our listings fared on the open market six months ago. The listings leaned heavily towards one neighborhood – three of our featured listings were in Bed Stuy, while a fourth was in Park Slope. Three of the listings… Read More >The post Brooklyn Real Estate Listings Six Months Later: Three Sold, One Still Available appeared first on Brownstoner.
Look, it’s the Friday before New Years. We know you’re pretending to work. Personally, I wrote this on Thursday and took Friday off. But if you’re still stuck in the office, you’ll need something to furrow your brow at so everyone knows you’re “really concentrating.” For the final Weekly Sixer of 2016, please enjoy a roundup of some of our favorite year-end lists and long reads to send you into the holiday weekend. You’re welcome, thanks for reading, and we’ll see you when the calendar flips. The Best New Beers of 2016: Our friend Niko Krommydas polled the best and brightest of New York City’s beer scene on their favorite …
While once ubiquitous, gas lamps are no longer an everyday sight on the streets of Brooklyn. A curious baker’s dozen row of them stretches along the north side of Poplar Street from Henry Street and then around the corner along Hicks Street right up to the BQE — creating an… Read More >The post What Are These Gas Lamps Doing Here? appeared first on Brownstoner.
The winter skiing season has kicked off, and if you’re looking to hit the slopes but not venture too far from Brooklyn, there are plenty of options. We’ve rounded up five upstate New York ski areas that will allow you to shred fresh powder without having to hop on a… Read More >The post 5 Upstate New York Ski Resorts to Visit If You Live in Brooklyn appeared first on Brownstoner.
A reader is hoping to find a new heating solution for the apartment building they own. The four-story building currently has steam heat which the owner finds inefficient and expensive. They are investigating alternative heating systems that would allow tenants to control the temperature as well as pay a… Read More >The post From the Forum: Is a Hybrid Heat Pump System Practical for Heating an Apartment Building? appeared first on Brownstoner.
If you lust after a quaint apartment in a brownstone on a park block in Park Slope, this floor-through at 647 10th Street might be just the ticket. Technically a three-bedroom, it’s advertised as a two. There’s no floor plan, so the exact layout is a bit of a mystery,… Read More >The post Park Slope Two-Bedroom on Park Block With Radiant Heat, Mantels Wants $3,000 a Month appeared first on Brownstoner.
Built by a doctor around 1887 on a trapezoidal plot, this four-story Brooklyn Heights house originally had medical offices on the ground floor and family living quarters above. Later it became a multifamily building owned by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. When the religious organization recently sold it, the new homeowners called upon… Read More >The post The Insider: Painstaking Reno Polishes a Brooklyn Heights Jewel, Creating Luxe One-Family Dwelling appeared first on Brownstoner.
In an effort to create a better and more inclusive city, the Municipal Art Society recently released an interactive map tool and report on city-owned and leased properties. The tool, called Public Assets: City-Owned and Leased Properties, shows 14,000 properties owned or leased by the City of New York,… Read More >The post Could City-Controlled Land Near You Be Put to Good Use? Find Out With MAS’ New Map Tool appeared first on Brownstoner.
We asked our contributors, friends and notable Brooklynites to share their favorite New Year’s in NYC. Here, Jonathan Schnapp, co-owner of the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, shares his epic night in his signature, e e cummings style of email. His shuffleboard palace is throwing their third annual New Year’s Eve Flamingo Formal on Saturday, a totally free, fun night and a great excuse to dress up for the last hurrah of the …
In the early 20th century, photographer O.E. Dunlap captured an almost otherworldly view of a snow-laden landscape identified as Prospect Park. The seemingly black-clad figures add a somber contrast to the snowy view. While the Library of Congress labels the location as Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and dates it to circa… Read More >The post A Surreal Prospect Park Winter Landscape (1904) appeared first on Brownstoner.
A reader is desperate to have their cornice and parapet restoration project finished before winter. The work began in the spring with a six-week timeframe but the contractor has failed to finish the project more than six months later. Now that cold weather has hit the contractor wants to take… Read More >The post From the Forum: What Should You Do When the Contractor Hasn’t Finished the Roof Before Winter? appeared first on Brownstoner.
If you’re looking for something to do in Brooklyn for New Year’s, you’ve got no shortage of options to ring in 2017. Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Prospect Park 2017 is the 150th anniversary of Prospect Park’s existence, and Brooklyn is kicking it off with a literal bang. There will be midnight… Read More >The post How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016 in Brooklyn appeared first on Brownstoner.
It was a beautiful year of Brooklyn images as photographers roamed the borough to capture classic brownstones, swirling snowstorms and iconic bridges. Take a scroll through the slideshow to see the 15 most popular images from our @brownstoner feed this year. 15. Perfect Timing 14. Nighttime Sparkle in Dumbo 13. Autumn… Read More >The post Brownstoner’s Top 15 Instagram Photos of 2016 appeared first on Brownstoner.
Chloe Sevigny Puts Classic 7 Park Slope Prewar on the Market for $2.75 Million Actress Chloe Sevigny is selling the Classic Seven co-op she bought on Prospect Park West just over three years ago — and it’s a pretty smashing pad. At 9 Prospect Park West, it’s one of the most… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Chloe Sevigny Puts Park Slope Co-op on the Market appeared first on Brownstoner.