10/27/14 1:30pm
Bar Prima on the Upper East Side, a recently completed renovation by Greenpoint-based design firm, STUDIOSC. Photo: STUDIOSC

Bar Prima on the Upper East Side, a recently completed renovation by Greenpoint-based design firm, STUDIOSC. Photo: STUDIOSC

Before the Greenpoint-based architecture firm STUDIOSC relocated to its own office recently, the team was based at The Yard, the co-working space that Brooklyn Based uses as its home base. The design firm, which includes architect Stephen Conte, interior designer Carolina Escobar and architect Irene Blazquez, have what Conte calls a shared belief in the “contextual philosophy of design,” preferring to work with existing materials as much as possible. Here he describes his favorite buildings in Brooklyn, and the delicate balance of building new residences in rapidly changing neighborhoods. (more…)

07/07/14 12:00pm

Sponsored By New York Aquarium.

The New York Aquarium is building a world-class shark exhibit set to open in 2016.

Created By BlankSlate

Every day, we hear about all the cool stuff Brooklyn has to offer. You know what it doesn’t have enough of, though? Sharks.

Fortunately, there’s something we Brooklynites can do to rectify this situation. By donating to the ongoing renovation of the New York Aquarium, you will be helping to bring to Brooklyn a massive shark exhibit called Ocean Wonders: Sharks! The plans for the exhibit call for a jaw-dropping, 500,000-gallon tank that will allow visitors to watch several species of sharks and rays. How cool is that?

The transformation of the aquarium won’t be confined to the interior. Outside, a gorgeous, ocean-inspired art installation will wrap the building in a “shimmer wall” made up of tens of thousands of reflective tiles that ripple with the wind like waves on the sea.

You can help make this vision a reality by donating a personalized tile on the virtual version of the shimmer wall on the New York Aquarium website. With your donation, you will be joining your Brooklyn neighbors in helping to bring the aquarium to the next level. More importantly, you will be doing your part to bring sharks to Brooklyn — finally.

10/15/13 8:00am
Sat October 19, 2013
The 35th Bedford Stuyvesant Annual House Tour is happening this Saturday, Oct. 19. Photo: The Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant

The 35th Bedford Stuyvesant Annual House Tour is happening this Saturday, Oct. 19. Photo: The Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant

This annual house tour hosted by The Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant is the one day a year when it’s okay to sneak a peak into the area’s beautifully restored brownstones and limestones without anyone accusing you of being a Peeping Tom. Thousands of people are expected to flock to the neighborhood to tour its historic homes this Saturday, Oct. 19, and if you’re at all interested in interior design, architecture or Brooklyn’s history, you’ll put on your walking shoes and join them. The self-guided tours, which run from start at 11am and go until 4pm, start at the Boys & Girls High School, located at 1700 Fulton St. (near Stuyvesant Avenue), and this event is rain or shine. Tickets are $20 in advance when picked up at Brooklyn Swirl, Sista’s Place or Bed-Vyne Wine, otherwise they’re $25 on Saturday.