Tag Archives: Carroll Gardens

Diary of a Suddenly Busy Lady

LATELY, I’VE BEEN RUNNING hither and yon and back again. In the five days since my last post, I put 450 miles on my car — from East Hampton, L.I., to Brooklyn (108 miles), down to Philly and back (150 … Continue reading

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Springtime Fix-ups in Boerum Hill

CHOOSING EXTERIOR PAINT COLORS is even more nerve-wracking than choosing interior paint colors. After all, everyone will see them. And you have to consider context. You don’t (I don’t anyway) want it to clash with the house next door. I’m … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Brownstone Bargains

A FEW WEEKS AGO, I got a fascinating flyer in the mail from the Corcoran Group. The center spread showed a collection of brownstone facades representing 3- and 4-family building sales in Brooklyn for the second quarter of 2010 (presumably … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Restoring a House in the City

OLD TOWNHOUSES usually come with big ‘buts,’ points out Ingrid Abramovitch in the intro to her new book, Restoring a House in the City: A Comprehensive Owner’s Guide to Renovating Town Houses, Brownstones and Row Houses With Great Style (Artisan). … Continue reading

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BROWNSTONE VOYEUR: Small and Stylish in Carroll Gardens

BROWNSTONE VOYEUR is a joint project of casaCARA and Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn. Look for it every Thursday on both sites. ROBERT FARRELL, an architect and interior designer, has lived since the mid-1990s in a 600 square foot rental … Continue reading

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Houses, Houses Everywhere, and Not a Place to Live

SUDDENLY, I AM A HOMELESS PERSON. A month ago today, I signed a two-year rental lease on a spacious, sunny garden floor-through a few blocks away from my present home in Boerum Hill. My move date is Thursday, April 30; … Continue reading

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The NEW Carroll Gardens

I LOVE PLAYING TOURIST in my own neighborhood. Last Sunday, the first of true spring, my friend Nancy and I strolled down to the farthest reaches of Carroll Gardens, into what was, until recently, a sketchy wasteland of mostly marginal … Continue reading

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