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When Elizabeth Roberts and Michael McKnight bought their Clinton Hill brownstone eight years ago, it was an SRO with padlocks on the doors. Despite (or because of) its flaws, it was the perfect project for Roberts, who runs an architecture firm in Gowanus and studied architectural preservation at Columbia University’s GSAPP. She did a total gut renovation on the 1866 Italianate brownstone, which comprises four floors and a garden apartment she and her husband...
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...

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