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Long ago, before Google was humanity’s all-knowing sage of indispensable wisdom, people used to go to libraries. At these libraries, there were stacks upon stacks of books that anyone with a library membership card could open up and read. One could gloss the pages of seminal works of fiction, or learn about biomechanical engineering, if they felt so inclined. But, if someone felt stumped by a passage or got tired of the alphabetized rows...
146 1/2 Java Street, Greenpoint Picture the typical Brooklyn home: it’s a brownstone, right? But over the last few years, Brooklyn’s wood-frame rowhouses have experienced a surge of interest both residential and historical. The reason might have been financial, at first—last year the Wall Street Journal reported that wooden houses were going for between a million and 1.7 million dollars, a full million less than a “brownstone in Park Slope proper.” But, as...
Though perhaps less well-known among Brooklyn's industrial nostalgists, the Vitagraph smokestack in Midwood is a local landmark. The smokestack is one of the only remaining remnant of Vitagraph Studios, a pioneer of silent films in the early twentieth century. Visible from B and Q trains around Avenue M, the smokestack stands high above the fairly low-rise residential landscape. Scaffolding was recently erected around it, leading many to fear for its future. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported...
This morning, a time capsule at 370 Jay Street that was sealed in 1950 was opened before a small crowd of relevant officials, local journalists, and construction personnel. The occasion was the repurposing of 370 Jay Street as a "global center for science, technology, and education," owned and operated by NYU. The contents of the capsule will be on display at the New York Transit Museum early next year. When Urban Outfitters sells vinyl...

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