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Why go to an office when you can live in your office? From musicians to fashion designers to visual artists, more and more creatives are choosing to take their work home. All it takes is time, ingenuity, and the ability to work within a small to space to set up your own home studio—and then you never need to leave the house again. Brooklyn Magazine recently invaded (well, visited) the spaces of some our favorite...
In 2012, Laura O’Neill and Ben and Pete Van Leeuwen, co-founders of Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, opened a restaurant in Greenpoint. They called it Selamat Pagi, “good morning” in Indonesian. The menu was inspired by cuisine from that region and was also largely vegan. Behind the restaurant’s main dining room, the company produced every ounce of its organic and vegan pints. “When we took over the space and it had a kitchen we said,...
When you imagine classic New York City (like, for example, the booze-fueled tuxedoed roaring 20's), neon illuminates it. Delis, movie theaters, diners, performance halls, liquor stores—the social hubs that lined Manhattan were gilded with electrified tubes of rarefied gases, and gave the impression that this was a city of play and prosperity. Unfortunately, neon is finicky; and one by one the lighted show stoppers fell into disrepair, only to be replaced by cheaper fluorescents...
On a breezy day in June, Amy Abrams and Ronen Glimer—married co-founders of the thirteen-year-old market Artists & Fleas—walked me through their Crown Heights home. Upstairs, Abrams showed us the master bedroom—tidy and punctuated with eclectic objects and pictures—and then walked us past an office, whose handsome sliding door was purchased in Jodhpur, India, and finally to the bedrooms of their daughters, Ruby and Noa.  A garland of multicolored pom-poms hung above one of...

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