Tag Archives: NEW YORK CITY

BOOK REVIEW Garden Guide: New York City

NEW YORK in 2011 is truly a great garden city. World-class, I’d venture to say. Yet, as Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry point out in the newly revised edition of Garden Guide: New York City (W.W. Norton, $22.95), as recently as … Continue reading

Posted in BOOK REVIEW, GARDENS & GARDENING, LANDSCAPING, MANHATTAN | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Must-Go List: Weeksville and Onderdonk

THIS WEEK’S E-MAIL NEWSLETTER FROM Brooklyn Based reminded me that there are still some nearby historic houses in my “I keep meaning to get there” category. I’ve seen the Lefferts homestead in Prospect Park (not its original location), the 1652 … Continue reading

Posted in BROOKLYN, HISTORIC PRESERVATION | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Spare Us the ‘Fancy Houses’

PROSPECT HEIGHTS in Brooklyn was designated a New York City Historic District  in 2009. Now any external changes to a house’s appearance are subject to the guidelines and regulations of the city’s  Landmarks Preservation Commission. No longer will it be … Continue reading

Posted in BROOKLYN, HISTORIC PRESERVATION, OLD-HOUSE MAKEOVERS, RENOVATION | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

A Blogger for One Year

A YEAR AGO TODAY, on the parlor floor of a Brooklyn brownstone, I started this blog. Sitting next to me was web designer Ken Smith, whom I’d hired to show me the ropes. I had a vague notion I ought … Continue reading

Posted in BLOGGING, MISCELLANEOUS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Ode to the Philadelphia Rowhouse

Fitzwater Street, Queen Village THERE’S A HUGE, TELLING DIFFERENCE between New York City and Philadelphia in terms of how each values and regards its vernacular architecture. It’s hard to imagine NYC’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development putting out something … Continue reading

Posted in HISTORIC PRESERVATION, OLD-HOUSE MAKEOVERS, PHILADELPHIA | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Getting High in Manhattan

SPENT A COUPLE OF DAYS in the Big Town this week, taking care of business and visiting with my kids (who are grown-ups). On Tuesday, my daughter Zoe and I checked out the High Line, which is open, finally, after … Continue reading

Posted in GARDENS & GARDENING, HISTORIC PRESERVATION, MANHATTAN | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

BROWNSTONE VOYEUR: Flying Colors in Fort Greene

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ BROWNSTONE VOYEUR is a joint project of casaCARA and Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn, taking you behind the facades of those intriguing houses to see what’s inside. Look for it every Thursday on both sites! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ DK HOLLAND’S house … Continue reading

Posted in BROOKLYN, BROWNSTONE VOYEUR, INTERIOR DESIGN | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments