Colors of Brooklyn


IF YOU’VE GOT A BROWNSTONE, you’re going to keep it brown, one hopes. If you’ve got unpainted brick, you’re going to keep it unpainted, most likely, because it’s easier to maintain that way. But that leads to a sea of brown and dark red buildings, which is nowhere near as cheery as it might be.

Here’s to the rare, vividly painted facade. These happen, mostly where a building was painted before and the maintenance solution going forward is either to strip or re-paint. Re-painting is less messy, less costly, and brings a welcome dose of color to our streets.

Tuscan Yellow on Third Street


Kelly Green in Gowanusp1030012

Wood clapboard is always painted and often colorful, but there are relatively few of them in Brooklyn.  Wonder what the number or the percentage of wood-frame to masonry is?

Clapboards in Clinton Hill


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I blog (for fun) here at casaCARA, and write (for money) about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites.
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2 Responses to Colors of Brooklyn

  1. copprmaven says:

    I am not a fan of painted brick. It’s not what was meant to be; it’s non-traditional and inappropiate for a historic house. Also, it often is not repainted in a timely manner so that it starts to peel and look disheveled.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Fort Greene. This houses are located in Fort Greene.

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