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Laura Itzkowitz

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Laura Itzkowitz is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn and an author of New York: Hidden Bars and Restaurants.
Gabe Burkett was graduating from an MA program at Columbia the week he and his boyfriend, Eric Booker, moved into this Crown Heights apartment three years ago. They both lived in Harlem at the time, but they had lots of friends in Brooklyn. For Burkett, an architect at Leong Leong, which designs cultural spaces like the new LGBT center in LA, and Booker, a curator at the National Academy Museum, the apartment checked off...
“I think Clinton Hill has a lot of flavor and cool characters. Once we started looking, we liked what we found,” said Brad Farmerie, chef/owner of PUBLIC and Saxon & Parole in Manhattan. He and his wife Jocelyn were living in a smaller place in the Columbia Street Waterfront District, but needed more space for their son Bruno and daughter Scarlet. The previous owners had started renovating, and the Farmeries continued to chip away...
Coming from Virginia, Emily and Archie Coates were always bothered by the way people in New York rarely hang out at each other’s homes, so scoring such a spacious loft felt like a major stroke of luck. Emily, a freelance UX product designer, and Archie, co-founder of PlayLab, +POOL, and the architecture magazine CLOG, have hosted art salons, supper clubs, galas, and fundraisers in their north Brooklyn home. When they got this loft in...
After living in a large Bushwick loft for eight years, bartending power couple Natasha David and Jeremy Oertel were ready for a place with doors. They looked all over Brooklyn, but settled on this fourth-floor walkup in a new building in Bed-Stuy. Though David is a partner at Nitecap on the Lower East Side and Oertel is the beverage director at Donna in Williamsburg, they describe themselves as homebodies and wanted to make their...

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