Second Life: Inside Five Brooklyn Spaces that Aren’t Quite What They Seem

All Photos by Seth Caplan

If there’s one thing you can rely on in Brooklyn, it’s that everything changes. Perhaps nowhere is this rule more absolute than when applied to our borough’s buildings. Exteriors might seem static over decades; the bones of a place stay the same, while the insides transform into something wholly different, something new, like when a church becomes a home or a loft becomes a cabin in the woods. Here, then, are five spaces whose external appearances belie the way they’re currently being used.