The novelist Joanna Hershon has set her scenes in a vibrant multiplicity of locales: China, Tanzania, Anguilla, New Hampshire, New York and Berlin, for example. Her painter husband Derek Buckner, on the other hand, has traveled to Mexico for his work, but often enough finds inspiration in the intensely local, and even in the apparently mundane. The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the Gowanus Canal have appeared on his canvases, and Mr. Buckner once devoted an entire series to depictions of marshmallows.
It seems likely, then, that Mr. Buckner’s creativity might be more adversely affected than his wife’s by their recent activity on the real estate market. The pair just sold their four-bedroom Brooklyn townhouse at 414 Sackett Street for $2.5 million, according to city records. (Any additional snack-food-themed collections can, of course, be completed from wherever they land next.)
“My ideal is living in a castle that’s built out of a cliff, with a bunch of dobermans and a huge fireplace—it’s really cold, with velvet drapes, and a huge table with someone sitting at one end and me at the other. I want bold, cold, and intense and dark,” Girls star Jemima Kirke described her ideal abode in Brooklyn Magazine last year.
Her new brownstone doesn’t quite fit the bill—408A Clinton Street is on a sun-dappled Carroll Gardens street—but Ms. Kirke can certainly install a fireplace, a huge table and a bunch of dobermans in the 3,360 square foot townhouse if she so desires.
A Brooklyn kiddie dance studio has good news for New York’s tiniest valets.
Apparently being too young to walk doesn’t mean a tyke can’t dance. Cobble Hill Ballet now accommodates its wee primas by offering stoller-only gated parking.
School owner Colette Linton-Meyer said the space was created during a recent renovation Read More
No Butts About It
Life for smokers in Carroll Gardens just got a little more dangerous.
A 29-year-old woman was smoking on a sidewalk along Luquer Street at around 9:50 pm on Sunday night when a man came up to her and asked for a cigarette. But when she denied his request, he stabbed her, possibly with an ice pick, Read More
It may be a condo record in a brownstone neighborhood, and it may be fleeting, but for the moment, it’s 277 President Street‘s time in the sun: a contract for a condominium spanning two brownstones in Carroll Gardens has just closed, and it is the most expensive sale of its kind—at least that we know of—for the neighborhood.
“We just closed on Thursday,” Town Residential broker Terry Naini told The Observer, setting the neighborhood record at $2.4 million for the three-bedroom, 2.5-bath unit.
Big brother, meet little brother.
Armed with cameras, envelopes and postage, cops from Brooklyn’s 76th precinct are launching a new initiative called “Spot It To Secure It.” Starting next week, officers will patrol areas of Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, and Cobble Hill searching for valuables left visibly unattended in parked cars, snap a photo and Read More
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Here we go again. For the second time in the span of a year, the caffeinated beverage is at the center of a local brew-haha (sorry, we couldn’t resist). And it’s not a neighborhood campaign to eradicate drip coffee.
Once more, Brooklynites are percolating with anger over the smell of coffee. Last winter, Carroll Gardens residents were all up in arms over the odor of roasting coffee. This time it’s Brooklyn Heights residents who can’t bear the stench of brewing coffee.
That’s right. Brewing coffee and green coffee beans Read More
Rock You Like a Hurricane
Many of the blocks along the shores of the toxic Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn are designated as part of the mandatory Hurricane Sandy evacuation Zone A. Though the city gave orders for residents of this area to leave their homes starting at 7 p.m., we spotted quite a few people out on the streets when we walked into the zone earlier this evening, including curious gawkers, emergency workers and neighbors who are becoming increasingly fearful that the notoriously polluted canal could overflow.
D’Amico Coffee, the 64-year-old Brooklyn family-owned grocery that has been grinding its own beans since it was founded in 1948, has been forced to change its operations because some new neighborhood residents who hate the way coffee smells keep calling the fire department on the store.
That’s right….Carroll Gardens is officially the worst. See below for the new sign on the Court St. location:
It’s no wonder that Sam Dolnick, metro reporter for The New York Times and grandnephew to former Times publisher Arthur Ochs “Punch” Sulzberger, has purchased a townhouse in Carroll Gardens. After all, The Times is obsessed with the borough and all of its charming, artisanal ways.
Mr. Dolnick and his wife Heidi are leaving their townhouse in the still-up-and-coming Prospect Lefferts Gardens for a strikingly-similar one in the well-established, Barneys-bearing neighborhood of Carroll Gardens.