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The sound reverberates off the floor-to-ceiling mirrors, the chandeliers, the hardwood floors. Violins, drums, a piano fill the Gilded Age mansion’s parlor on 5th Avenue, now the home of the American Irish Historical Society. In a connecting room, in between an oyster bar and a bar-bar, are the woodwinds. I stand looking at the oboist for the longest time—I used to play oboe. Walking down the fan of marble steps into the subdued, grotto-like...
Carroll Gardens resident Gennaro Brooks-Church will build an eco-friendly tree house in his brownstone’s backyard, DNAinfo reports. The project—intended to be a play space for his three children—probably sounds a little odd to you. After all, how many tree houses do you typically see on your walk to the train? His materials of choice, however, are even more unconventional. Brooks-Church, an eco-minded designer committed to green construction, will create the whole structure from discarded materials...
In the same way that all of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s have photos of ourselves from elementary school featuring identical fluorescent laser backgrounds—making it look as if we all went to the same school, as if we were all part of something larger than ourselves, something that involved lasers and, like, technology—there are now backgrounds that seem universal for the images you have of yourself as an adult. Just...

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