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At Laaast: ‘This Old House’ Discovers Brooklyn

Finally!  After 30 years, the producers of the long-running ‘This Old House’ PBS TV series have noticed that Brooklyn has a few 19th century houses (the nation’s largest stock, actually) in need of spiffing up. For their next reno project, … Continue reading

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Brownstone myths & mysteries, Part 2

Two more strange bits of lore connected to Victorian row houses, in Brooklyn and elsewhere: One is the coffin niche, an arched alcove in the wall at the top of a flight of stairs.  For  years, I assumed these were … Continue reading

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Brownstone Mysteries Explained

THE parlor floor of the 1850s Brooklyn row house where I live is pretty intact, with moldings, mantels, an elaborate plaster arch in mint condition, and a 3-foot-wide rosette in the center of the ceiling, from which dangles a gilded … Continue reading

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