Monthly Archives: November 2012

Where the Homeless Live: Prospect Heights

Where the Homeless Live (Atlantic Avenue between Franklin and Classon)

Overview
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Brooklyn with this exclusive listing! This property presents the wide expanse of bustling Atlantic Avenue in up-and-coming Prospect Heights. Fully furnished in a neo-hobo style, complete with reclaimed utilitarian elements sourced from local dumpster-diving. Ample seating and open-air intricacies for modern entertaining.

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Choosing a Color Palette for the Hallway

A Pleasing Color Palette for the Vestibule

I finally settled on a color palette for the hallway—I can celebrate! This means, in short, that the hallway will be liberated from the garish mustard and ketchup color scheme that existed there for too many years. I opted for bright, airy colors that will open up the space and emphasize the height of the ceilings. This will give the illusion of a larger and fresher vestibule and hallway, in stark contrast to the harsh and heavy colors that exist now.

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Foreclosed and Forgotten

What began as the American Dream for millions of families across America has segued tumultuously into the American Nightmare because they’ve lost their homes to the scourge of foreclosure. The constant anguish…the inexorable progression of the legal teams…the devastating separation of family and home…these events have turned many former homeowners into disenfranchised individuals who are without a roof over their heads to call home.

There’s a family somewhere who understands exactly what I’m expressing because it happened to them. I don’t know who the individuals are yet I stood in the very place they used to call home yesterday when I went to look at the foreclosed property. My feet stood in the living room they used to gather in. The kitchen they cooked in.

House Lost to Foreclosure

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How We Moved the Vestibule Lighting

How We Moved the Vestibule Lighting

Moving the sconce from its dubious position in the vestibule was simpler than I imagined it would be: the electrician completed the removal, rewiring, and installation in half an hour or less. There was a few pieces of drywall scraps and powder, so I used the Wet/Dry Vac to tidy up and began mudding and taping when he left.

Here’s a photo story with rudimentary commentary.

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The Nor’easter that Couldn’t

The Nor'easter of 2012

We Brooklynites–the gutsiest of all the borough dwellers–just survived Hurricane Sandy so the Nor’easter of 2012 was like a walk in the park for us… Chilling winds, piercing raindrops, and a thick snowfall couldn’t keep The City that Never Sleeps down (thank God…). Missionaries and do-gooders are interceding for the unfortunate, hipsters are in coffee shops on their iPads, and the hustle and bustle of a proud, working class resumes.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge Geometry

This Corinthian capital sits atop the towering columns in front of Brooklyn’s historic Hanson Place church. I was visiting Hanson Place last week for the “Prospering in a Down Economy” event, which was canceled because of Hurricane Sandy. It didn’t make sense to waste the trip, so I enjoyed the alternate programming they made available, then stepped out front to capture this shot.