Category: History

Phase II begins…

Today we officially started work on the third floor. Wife and I have been very busy these past few weeks moving all our stuff to the second floor so that we may begin work on the third floor. Rather then…

Kentile Floors

This past week there was a rumor floating around the local blogs which eventually ended up getting covered by the New York Times. Our beloved Kentile Floors sign, viewable from our windows, was feared to be torn down. Alas, there…

Hurricane Sandy

It’s difficult to summarize all that has happened to New York City and the larger Tri-State area in a single post, but needless to say Sandy was one of the most devastating events to have hit the city since we have lived…

Our house in 1940

The Department of Taxation took photos of every house in Brooklyn in 1940 and once again in 1980. We ordered the picture from the 1940’s and needless to say, we were shocked at how different our place looked. The house as it…

A stadium rises

When we moved to Brooklyn in 2008, the plans to develop the Atlantic Yards in Prospect Heights were well underway. Amid opposition from nearby residents, the great recession and basically one guy who refused to move, the first phase is finally complete…

Grave site

The New York Times had a great piece this morning on a possible grave site that could contain the remains of 256 soldiers from the First Maryland Regiment, which saved Washington’s army during the Battle of Brooklyn on Aug. 27, 1776.…

This old house?

On our first viewing of the house we couldn’t immediately peg its age because it was well cared for by the current owners for 30+ years. Also, property records in Brooklyn have a habit of “getting lost” prior to 1920 (the mob…

Some history on Gowanus

The Canarsee Indian tribe were the first inhabitants of what is now Gowanus. In 1636, Jacob Van Corlaer, an official in the Dutch colonial administration, made the first land purchase from Gowane, the chief of the Canarsee Indians. The Gowanus Canal…