1970s Brooklyn decor, new construction plunges, & more

By Jennifer White Karp  |
December 14, 2020 - 10:30AM


The New York Public library created an interactive map for an archive of Brooklyn apartments photographed in the 1970s. Check out the decor for some design inspiration (Gothamist)

Where did the concept of pink-for-girls and blue-for-boys bedrooms come from? (Architecture Digest)

There’s been a 22 percent decline in the number of new construction filings in 2020, the lowest since the Great Recession, according to the Real Estate Board of New York (press release)

You could buy house in Sweden’s sub-Arctic wilderness for well under $50,000 (The New York Times)

Indoor dining has been banned but you can eat outside in these mini-greenhouses newly installed on Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem (Harlem + Bespoke)

Some common sense rules to use a space heater safely (The New York Times)


Jennifer White Karp

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Jennifer steers Brick Underground’s editorial coverage of New York City residential real estate and writes articles on market trends and strategies for buyers, sellers, and renters. Jennifer’s 15-year career in New York City real estate journalism includes stints as a writer and editor at The Real Deal and its spinoff publication, Luxury Listings NYC.

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