NYC’s Historic Districts at a Glance

New York City is home to the ghosts of several historic districts, as well as a few that are still alive and kicking. While the names of these districts are in some cases obsolete or near obsolete, most of these neighborhoods have managed, for better or worse, to retain a bit of their historic flare. In places like the Flower District and the Garment District, the ghost hasn’t been given up so easily. While these districts may be but shadows of their former floral and mercantile glories respectively, there are […]

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Brewer’s Row, A History of Breweries in Bushwick

With construction on the first of ten developments at the former Rheingold brewery site in Bushwick set to start this summer, I thought it might be interesting to look into the history of Bushwick’s breweries. The Rheingold brewery, which opened in 1883, was one of two dozen breweries operating in Bushwick at the time. Now, only two of the original buildings remain, one of which is home to a small brewery. What happened to Bushwick’s formerly thriving brewing industry? In the 1840s and 1850s, Brooklyn saw a wave of immigration […]

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Ditmas Park – A Neighborhood Unto Itself

by Bo Poulsen As you now may know, my wife and I have recently purchased a home in Ditmas Park, a neighborhood in the center of Brooklyn on the southeast border of Prospect Park.  Over the course of the next year, I will be sharing our experience of converting the home into a passive house – should be an interesting project – but for now I’d like to introduce you to this beautiful neighborhood filled with turn-of-the-century, single-family Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Bungalow, and Victorian homes that make you feel […]

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