An Eerie Portrait of Brooklyn's Former Industrial Wasteland

Gowanus is a Brooklyn neighborhood long known for its polluted canal and not-so-desirable industrial vibe. But like many once derelict areas, it is rapidly transforming into a landing place for restaurants and young professionals. The still untamed nature of the neighborhood has been artfully captured by Miska… » 11/11/14 1:22pm 11/11/14 1:22pm

Amazon Fresh's Same-Day Delivery to Lazies Continues NYC Metro Creep

After a soft launch in a Brooklyn neighborhood, more New Yorkers can now order Amazon Fresh. For a limited time, Amazon Prime members in certain ZIP codes will be able to get free same-day delivery of over 500,000 goods, including groceries, electronics, and items from local vendors. But there's still a ways to go. » 11/05/14 11:02am 11/05/14 11:02am

One Last Look at Brooklyn's Disappearing Domino Sugar Refinery

The Domino Sugar Refinery isn't long for this world—at least in its current form. Soon, this 132-year-old industrial site will be transformed into a luxury residential development that's been long-dreaded by current residents. Photographer Paul Raphaelson got a look inside the decaying refinery in its current state,… » 6/10/14 6:05pm 6/10/14 6:05pm

The Barclays Center's New Green Roof Will Muffle the Rave Noises

When Brooklyn's rustiest building, the Barclays Center, hosted a Swedish House Mafia concert last year, the noise incurred the wrath of neighbors and a hefty $3,200 fine. Now, Barclays is installing a grassy roof on its "bald spot" in an attempt to dampen bass that regularly seeps into the neighborhood—though, like… » 4/07/14 4:40pm 4/07/14 4:40pm

Inside the NYC Super-Factory Building America's Tallest Prefab Tower

In a corner of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, on a factory floor that resembles an oversized assembly line, workers are building entire apartments in days. Most New Yorkers might not realize it, but the tallest prefab building in the country—and maybe the world—is currently taking shape not far from where they live. Gizmodo… » 10/23/13 12:40pm 10/23/13 12:40pm

The Developer of China's Tallest Building Invests In Brooklyn

As growth in China proper plods along, Chinese corporations are eager to expand into foreign investments—the latest of which is centrally located in downtown Brooklyn. Greenland Holdings Group, a Shanghai-based developer, will buy the majority share in the long-beleaguered Atlantic Yards Housing Development, a $4… » 10/11/13 6:43pm 10/11/13 6:43pm

Tour the Restoration of a Grand 138-Year-Old Brooklyn Bank

Odds are good that if you live in the area, you've walked by the the closed Williamsburgh Savings Bank and wondered what's inside. Located just over the Williamsburg Bridge, at 175 Broadway, in Brooklyn, New York, the Beaux-Arts sty building hails from a time when banks were grand, church-like spaces. And now, after… » 10/03/13 6:00pm 10/03/13 6:00pm

Inside the Restoration of Brooklyn's Glamorous Temple of Cinema

Kings Theater, in Flatbush Brooklyn, is more like a palace than a theater. This 1920s building dates back to a time when seeing a movie was an event—and both the people and the architecture was gussied up accordingly. Kings deteriorated quickly when in closed in the 1970s—but now, a small army of specialists is hell… » 9/13/13 12:40pm 9/13/13 12:40pm

A Look Inside the Workshop of Brooklyn Bike Builder Horse Cycles

As the number of cyclists in New York grows each year, more and more bike shops have popped up around the city to meet demand. A growing group of them specialize in entirely handmade, custom bike frames—like six-year-old Horse Cycles, a custom steel frame workshop in Brooklyn. This week Horse's founder, Thomas… » 8/21/13 4:01pm 8/21/13 4:01pm

The Complete Story of Sandy: a Timeline of Horror and Recovery

This time it was no hype. Sandy rampaged through New York, New Jersey and the rest of the Northeast. The damage has been enormous: more than a hundred dead, massive flooding everywhere, collapsed buildings, generator malfunctions in hospitals, multiple fires, city-wide blackouts and explosions in power plants. » 11/04/12 8:10pm 11/04/12 8:10pm