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Fort Greene

Fort Greene is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn that is on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a New York City-designated Historic District. The neighborhood is named after an American Revolutionary War era fort that was built in 1776 under the supervision of General Nathanael Greene of Rhode Island. Poet Walt Whitman, who was influential in the creation of Fort Greene Park in 1843. The viscinity contains many examples of mid-19th century Italianate and Eastlake architecture, most of which is well preserved. It is known for its many tree-lined streets and elegant low-rise housing. Fort Greene is also known for its many shout outs and mentions in songs and lyrics by RZA, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Notorious BIG, Raekwon, Fabolous. Artistic types from all walks graviate to the cool community, check out past notable residents HERE.

Let’s take a sneak into the secret world of a quirky yet classic brownstone townhouse!

The Walkup

The Walkup

The Walkup

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

The WalkupAn American flag, corduroy couch, cow-skin rug rug, marble fireplace, dark credenza, thrifted gold frame and wooden crate coffee table all intermingle easily thanks to the calming white walls.
Cumberland Street Marble Fireplace

Cumberland Street Living Room

Cumberland Street Living Room

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

A vintage Canon TL (released in 1968) in front of vintage mod photographs? How meta!Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Vaguely color coordinated books help to keep this cluttered bookshelf from looking messy.

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Small details, such as an asian inspired jewelry box, tone down the cabin-style deer head mount. Who needs to hang prints when they can just as easily be leaned against a wall?

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Postcards are not just for sending, use each one collected as a mini print, art-piece and relic.

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

The butcher, baker and candlestick maker would all get along on this dresser because of the varied accouterments.

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Teach your children well.

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Wax, rusted iron, bowling pins, tackle boxes, bird cages, house plants, exposed brick and Aztec printed doggy beds, oh my! A kitchen straight out of an “I SPY” book definitely feels eclectic yet comfortable.

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene
Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Pez dispensers are candy, candy is a food, so they belong on the kitchen, right?

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Essential oils and vintage Erlenmeyer Flasks and clamps elevate a space from a monotonous ecru room to a cool chemistry vibe.

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

The historic townhouse pays homage to its vintage past with small knickknacks, antiques and first editions.

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene
Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Collect and display! Embrace disparate flea market finds and unite each by time period, color, style or any defining characteristic to give your house a unified but assorted sensation. Above all, surround yourself with things you love.

K.V.

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A Spectacle Spectacular

Alternate and timely titles for this post also included Wicked Witch of the East Village, A Vision, Seeing is Believing or Nor’Easter Village , dedicated to the second storm about to hit the Northeastern Coast of the USA. Now that the power has returned to Lower Manhattan (and the heat and the water), I spent my Sunday in the city acquainting myself with the many reasons why I choose to remain on this floating island! One of these reasons is the ever changing and always unique East Village.

Badass rocker Patti Smith got her start here, as well as Blondie, the Ramones, Madonna, Talking Heads, Sonic Youth, the Beastie Boys, and The Strokes (to name a few).  Andy Warhol staged multimedia shows with The Velvet Underground at St. Mark’s Place, Allen Ginsberg lived and dead within these streets, The Nuyorican Poets recite slams here, and the musical du jour of the nineties RENT, was written about this neighborhood’s crime and AIDs epidemic. In short, humanities credentials really don’t get more gritty, cool than this.

Fabulous Fanny's

Between 1st and 2nd Avenues, on East 9th Street lies the unassuming shop called Fabulous Fanny’s which has the ultimate selection of antique and vintage eyewear for men and women.The clever shop offers services you may not find at your regular opticians for example they will customize any frames with rhinestones and will rent some of their coolest glasses to you for temporarily for photo shoots and events! You might also get a little thrill from knowing that the period merchandise was worn in the Broadway musical “How to Succeed in Business” starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Biting and witty author Dorothy Parker once wrote, “Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses.” However, I do not think any gender could resist the allure of these stellar spectacles. Here I am above in a round, clear, salmon-colored pair!

Fabulous Fannys - The Walkup

Fabulous Fanny's - The Walkup

Fabulous Fanny's - The Walkup

Come for the eyewear but also stay for the derby style, fedora and pillbox hats or vintage clothing (all in good to excellent condition)!

Fabulous Fanny's - The Walkup

Feel free to peruse the drawers full of vintage and antique glasses separated by style, color, and shape. Even if you dont need the help of a lense, this store is worth the trip from beyond the metro area. You won’t find your typical aviator or wraparound shades in this retail space. It’s quirky and cleverly edited boutique has an astounding and almost museum-like array of floor‑to-ceiling eyewear.

My friend Rachel inspects sunglasses to add to her ever growing collection.

Fabulous Fanny’s merchandise includes antiques from as far back as the late 18th century, cateyes of all shapes and colors, rhinestoned one of a kinds, visionary designer pieces and iconic looks from the 50’s to current day. You can even find a Pincenez, a style of lenses popular in the 19th century, which are supported without earpieces, by pinching the bridge of the nose. Want to impersonate your favorite, famed glasses wearer? A Woody Allen Style? Check. A Bill Gates look? Check. Tina Fey’s plastics? You got em. Even Harry Potter, John Lennon and Gandhi would turn in their distinctive frames for a new purchases from this shop!

One of the owners, or perhaps the owner’s friend, even gave me a brief history lesson explaining that the name behind the RayBans is simply based on the fact that the iconic shades were meant to “ban” the sun’s UV “rays”. Get it? Talk about customer service!

Fabulous Fanny's - The Walkup

Fabulous Fanny's - The Walkup

A cool stranger, named Roman, who I couldn’t resist snapping! Hello plaid, leather and frayed ends.

Fabulous Fanny's - The Walkup

Fabulous Fanny's - The Walkup

There’s no shame in having four eyes, especially if your specs are from NYC’s Fabulous Fanny’s. So don’t be nearsighted, get yourself to this store today!