6 Bizarre Architectural Destinations You Have to See in Brooklyn

6 Bizarre Architectural Destinations You Have to See in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Heights Brownstone Hiding a Secret Underground Portal
Brooklyn Heights is one of Brooklyn’s most coveted neighborhoods. Brimming with beautiful brownstones and tree-lined streets, and located just steps away from the waterfront, it’s no surprise

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Lab-Grown Meat Maker Modern Meadow Wants to 3D-Print Beef and Pork in Brooklyn

Lab-Grown Meat Maker Modern Meadow Wants to 3D-Print Beef and Pork in Brooklyn

It looks like Brooklyn may soon be home to the next 3D-printed burger. Crain’s New York reports that Modern Meadow, a pioneer in engineered tissues, is in the midst of negotiations to lease a 10,000-square-foot space at the BioBAT facility in the Brooklyn

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Plan to Kill Mute Swans in Prospect Park Sparks Outcry Amongst Brooklyn Animal Lovers

Plan to Kill Mute Swans in Prospect Park Sparks Outcry Amongst Brooklyn Animal Lovers

Brooklyn wildlife lovers are seeing red after learning of a proposal by the NYC Department of Environmental Conservation to eliminate the population of mute swans in Prospect Park by 2025. According to the agency, the elegant birds have been known to bully

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PHOTOS: Tour Three of Brooklyn’s Most Coveted Townhouses

PHOTOS: Tour Three of Brooklyn’s Most Coveted Townhouses

The Salle Residence + Art Studio
In the late 1990s, artist David Salle purchased two derelict buildings in Brooklyn. Salle wanted to turn the 10,000 sq ft structures into a joint residence and private studio. He turned to “the artists’ architect” Christian

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Brooklyn Botanical Garden “Illuminated” Winter Festival!

Brooklyn Botanical Garden “Illuminated” Winter Festival!

Head on over to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden this Saturday, January 25th for the Baby, It’s Cold Outside Winter Lodge for Families portion of their winter festival! Enjoy fun-filled activities like story-telling, collage-making with Javaka Steptoe, a treasure

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SNEAK PEEK: Dirck the Norseman Transforms an Old Bag Factory into Brooklyn’s First Brewpub

SNEAK PEEK: Dirck the Norseman Transforms an Old Bag Factory into Brooklyn’s First Brewpub

What proper brewpub would be complete without lamps made of old kegs?

Raven, a beer veteran who got his start two decades ago selling beer for Brooklyn Brewery, chose the old plastic bag factory in Greenpoint as the site for Dirck the Norseman because of

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PHOTOS: Unusual Wedge-Shaped Shipping Container Townhouse Rises in Brooklyn

PHOTOS: Unusual Wedge-Shaped Shipping Container Townhouse Rises in Brooklyn

According to LOT-EK, the Carroll House was erected from a stack of 21 shipping containers that was “then cut diagonally along both the top and bottom, creating a striking profile that invokes Williamsburg’s industrial past, while providing a sculptural nod

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Silent Lights: Noise-Activated LED Gates Illuminate Passageway Underneath Brooklyn Queens Expressway

Silent Lights: Noise-Activated LED Gates Illuminate Passageway Underneath Brooklyn Queens Expressway

“Silent Lights is a series of sculptural gates that line a pedestrian pathway under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway,” writes Urban Matter. “The gates are embedded with light and sound equipment: 2,400 LEDs and a microphone, controlled by an Arduino mega microcontroller.

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PHOTOS: New Nelson Mandela Mural Goes Up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

PHOTOS: New Nelson Mandela Mural Goes Up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

The new mural features a photo-realistic painting depicting Mandela’s warm smile set against a stark, white background. The work was completed by artist Jason Coatney. “You know, it could be a few people, but once I put his smile on there, he just has a beautiful

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Get Your Local Holiday Shopping Done at Greenpoint’s Trippy Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Get Your Local Holiday Shopping Done at Greenpoint’s Trippy Brooklyn Night Bazaar

The Brooklyn Night Bazaar has been around for several years now, but recently moved to a new location at 165 Banker Street in Greenpoint. Inside, the 23,000 former bakery warehouse offers up four long rows of local, artisan-made goods from LEGO jewelry to

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First Mods in Place at World’s Tallest Modular Building in Brooklyn

First Mods in Place at World’s Tallest Modular Building in Brooklyn

The first mods were hoisted into place yesterday at the B2 residential building at Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn. When completed in late 2014, the structure is poised to claim the title of world’s tallest modular building and will include 50 percent affordable

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Get Cool Perks for Helping Get Up and Ride Bike Tours Set Up Their Brooklyn Storefront

Get Cool Perks for Helping Get Up and Ride Bike Tours Set Up Their Brooklyn Storefront

Get Up and Ride’s Brooklyn-centric bike tours have already earned recognition as TripAdvisor’s most sought-after activity for visitors to the borough, but with their popularity, they’ve quickly outgrown their “headquarters” in a Williamsburg parking garage.

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Dramatically Sliced Carroll House Shipping Container Home Rises in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Dramatically Sliced Carroll House Shipping Container Home Rises in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The diagonally-cut building will have a striking, sloped profile that rises out of the ground up to three stories tall. Thanks to the steeped nature of the building, each floor will have access to an open-air deck fitted with an outdoor table, a built-in BBQ

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Giant Buddha Made of Hats, Umbrellas and Other Hipsterish Stuff Pops Up on Brooklyn Waterfront

Giant Buddha Made of Hats, Umbrellas and Other Hipsterish Stuff Pops Up on Brooklyn Waterfront

“Queen Mother of Reality” is a 50-foot-long form that at first glance resembles a reclining deity like one you might see in Asia. Take a closer look though and you’ll find that the Buddha-like figure has an umbrella for an elbow, gold electronics for a necklace

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BROOKLYN FARMER Film Premiere at DOC NYC

BROOKLYN FARMER Film Premiere at DOC NYC

BROOKLYN FARMER is documentary film about Brooklyn Grange, a group of for-profit urban farmers in NYC, as they set out to build the world’s largest rooftop farm.

This is an important story. It’s clear that big cities need to become more environmentally

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Pratt Institute Launches Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator for Architects and Designers

Pratt Institute Launches Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator for Architects and Designers

Some lucky designers and architects in Brooklyn will soon have a new place to call home thanks to the Pratt Institute. Today, the institute announced that it is launching a new initiative called The Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator (BFDA) to provide

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Help Brooklyn-Based A Global Friendship Empower and Employ Women with Their Sage Braid Bracelet

Help Brooklyn-Based A Global Friendship Empower and Employ Women with Their Sage Braid Bracelet

A Global Friendship is a Brooklyn-based non-profit that seeks to empower and employ women around the world by providing them with small business training and market access. They recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for their Sage Braid bracelet, which

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President Obama Closing Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Tomorrow for Chopper Landing

President Obama Closing Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Tomorrow for Chopper Landing

President Barack Obama is coming to Brooklyn, and he’s shutting down the borough’s largest park to use as a landing area for his arrival. Prospect Park will be closed this Friday from 12 pm to 6 pm to make way for Marine One. After touching down at the park,

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23,000 sq. ft. Greenpoint Bakery to Become Permanent Home of Brooklyn Night Bazaar Asian-Style Market

23,000 sq. ft. Greenpoint Bakery to Become Permanent Home of Brooklyn Night Bazaar Asian-Style Market

Construction at the new space is already under way.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar was founded by Aaron Broudo and Belvy Klein in 2011, and has been calling a Williamsburg warehouse its home for the past two years. Now, the eclectic market (think Smorgasburg/Brooklyn

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Developers for Downtown Brooklyn’s New Green-Roofed BAM North Site II Announced

Developers for Downtown Brooklyn’s New Green-Roofed BAM North Site II Announced

Downtown Brooklyn’s Cultural District is starting to really take shape. Earlier last week, city officials including Mayor Bloomberg announced the development team for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) North Site II, the last undeveloped property in the district.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Green-Roofed Visitor Center Earns LEED Gold Certification

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Green-Roofed Visitor Center Earns LEED Gold Certification

Designed by the New York-based multidisciplinary design firm WEISS/MANFREDI, the BBG Visitor Center was envisioned as a seamless gateway between city and garden. The building is hailed as a model of energy-efficient design and includes sustainable features

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See Images of the Glassy New Whole Foods Coming to Williamsburg, Brooklyn

See Images of the Glassy New Whole Foods Coming to Williamsburg, Brooklyn

It looks like Whole Foods is officially coming to Williamsburg. The organic-minded grocer has negotiated a $45 million loan to get the construction process rolling for a new storefront at 240 Bedford Avenue, which is situated on the corner of North 4th Street.

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Jennifer Maravillas Creates a Colorful Block-By-Block Map of Brooklyn Using Trash from the Borough

Jennifer Maravillas Creates a Colorful Block-By-Block Map of Brooklyn Using Trash from the Borough

Brooklyn is an enormously diverse borough filled with people who possess a myriad of backgrounds, beliefs, and habits. NYC artist Jennifer Maravillas seeks to represent the vibrant nature of the streets with her project, “71 Square Miles”. The piece incorporates

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BIG and MVVA Release New Renderings of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Soaring Mantaray Platform

BIG and MVVA Release New Renderings of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Soaring Mantaray Platform

The 17-foot-tall, wooden, sloping platform was designed to serve a dual purpose. First, observers on top of the 6000 square-foot Mantaray could walk up to an elevated view of Lower Manhattan. Underneath, the designers also plan to use the 3,000 square-foot

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MakerBot Unveils Digitizer 3D Scanner at Its Brooklyn Headquarters (PHOTOS)

MakerBot Unveils Digitizer 3D Scanner at Its Brooklyn Headquarters (PHOTOS)

Pettis said that the idea for the Digitizer came about when he wanted a 3D scanner but found no affordable or usable tools on the market, so they decided to make one themselves. The most important attributes they were looking for were for the 3D scanner to

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