On the Market: Fort Greene, Carriage Horses, Brooklyn-made Goods and Other Impossibly Quaint Things

Vincent Desjardins, flickr.

Vincent Desjardins, flickr.

Tired of peering through the curtains of all those beautiful Fort Greene brownstones as you walk by? A neighborhood tour gives looky-loos a chance to get inside, DNAinfo reports, showing off both old-fashioned and new-fangled renovations, including the brownstone featured on Girls.

Also in Fort Greene, Karl Fischer, infamous for his prolific portfolio of boxy, glass buildings, is designing a building at the corner of Myrtle and Vanderbilt where now there stands a gas station, according to DNAinfo. So much for the neighborhood’s quaintness.

Speaking of quaint: carriage horse drivers have started a campaign to increase their visibility as they await legislation to ultimately ban them, Capital NY reports. The tagline? Don’t put the car before the horse.

Times change, of course, and it can be hard to keep a steady course. Particularly when dynasties are involved. The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the Rudin family’s real estate empire, now on its fifth generation.

The new Urban Outfitters in Williamsburg is really going all out to Brooklynify itself, the Brooklyn Eagle reports. Besides serving beer, the chain retailer has also taken a page out of Whole Foods’ playbook and is stocking a collection of merchandise from 40 Brooklyn-based artists and designers. They’re also pushing surfing gear pretty hard, apparently under the impression that surfing in the Rockaways is a much bigger pastime than it is.

The middle classes are increasingly being pushed out to the exurbs, Atlantic Cities reports. Mortgages in central, walkable and public transit-rich neighborhoods are unaffordable to them in many American cities; mortgages in New York are basically entirely unaffordable to the middle class.

Meanwhile, since taking office, Mayor de Blasio has has been repeatedly called on to support the causes he vowed allegiance to as a public advocate, among them, saving the Brooklyn Heights library branch from demolition, the Daily News reports. Advocates are pleading with the administration to fund repairs on the aging building so that it doesn’t need to be torn down and the library banished to the bottom floor of a new condo tower.