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April 17, 2015
From Bushwick to Park Slope, we scoured Brooklyn to find the most modern residences for the Dwell Brooklyn Home Tour on Saturday, May 9th. Click through the slideshow for a sneak peek, and don't forget to reserve your ticket well in advance.
Brooklyn Tour Carved Duplex exterior in Williamsburg.

Architect Alex Gil and his wife, Claudia DeSimio, affixed a 750-square-foot addition to the roof of a 19th century Williamsburg townhouse, transforming their cramped third-floor apartment into a modern duplex.

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Brooklyn Tour Carved Duplex living room.

The duplex’s lower level, formerly a railroad apartment, was conjoined with its neighbor and reconfigured to meet the rooftop addition.

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Brooklyn Tour Carved Duplex stairwell and fireplace.

At the heart of the rejuvenated duplex is a monolithic “wedge core,” which houses a common stairwell

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Brooklyn Tour Park Slope Townhouse rear facade and backyard.

Leone Design Studio transformed James Darrow and Monica Folch's three-unit apartment building in Park Slope into a luminous single family home. 

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Brooklyn Tour Park Slope Townhouse light slot.

The architects introduced a two story “light slot" to filter natural light throughout the townhouse, creating an airy sensation even in the heart of the home. 

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Brooklyn Tour Park Slope Townhouse kitchen and windows.

Large, rear-facing windows connect Darrow and Folch's kitchen to the backyard.

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Brooklyn Tour Bushwick Trout House office.

Trout House, the Bushwick residence of two partners at architecture and urban design firm Thread Collective, embodies their quest to build sustainable, elegant housing in a dense urban environment.

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The first floor of the Trout House, which is occupied by Thread’s offices, connects to the private areas via a spiral staircase. 

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Brooklyn Tour Bushwick Trout House green roof and deck.

The roof is planted with native meadow grasses and features an impressive solar array. 

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Jeanette and Mike Abbink’s 1925 apartment building is a block from Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, where their Welsh terrier, Stig, and his Boston terrier pal, Meow, are regulars.

Buy your ticket for the Brooklyn Home Tour now, and visit these houses and more on Saturday, May 9th. 

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Brooklyn Tour Carved Duplex exterior in Williamsburg.

Architect Alex Gil and his wife, Claudia DeSimio, affixed a 750-square-foot addition to the roof of a 19th century Williamsburg townhouse, transforming their cramped third-floor apartment into a modern duplex.

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Join us on this self-guided tour through Brooklyn's abodes on Saturday, May 9, 10AM-4PM. This is your chance to step inside the city's most modern private homes, from a multifamily building in Bushwick, to a townhouse renovation in Williamsburg, to a Park Slope row house redesign. 

Dwell Home Tours are incredibly popular, have limited capacity, and will sell out!  Don’t wait—reserve a spot today.

We've also compiled suggestions of where to stop for a coffee, bite, or shopping break in the neighborhoods of the tour below!


  • Glasserie: Mediterranean fare & cocktails 
  • Paulie Gee’s: Pizza
  • Ovenly:  Inventive sweet, salty & spicy treats 
  • Peter Pan Donut Pastry Shop: Donuts and coffee
  • Five Leaves: Coffee/brunch


  • Delaware and Hudson:  Farm-to-table lunch, brunch, and dinner
  • Rye:  Restaurant with pre-Prohibition era décor Rye is a hidden gem
  • Sweet Chick:  Southern comfort food restaurant with cocktails
  • Momofuku Milk Bar:  Milkshakes, cookies, and sweets
  • Open Air Modern:  Furniture shop
  • A&G Merch:  Furniture shop
  • Beam:  Home furnishings


  • Café Ghia:  European-style cafe
  • Roberta’s: Wood-fired pizzas.
  • Northeast Kingdom:  New American meals with a basement for snacks & drinks

Fort Greene

  • Walter’s:  American eatery
  • Roman’s:  Locally sourced, daily changing New American small plates
  • Martha:  Creative American cooking with an Asian influence
  • La Bagel Delight: Hand-rolled bagels & spreads, plus hot & cold sandwiches & subs
  • The Brooklyn Flea:  Saturday open-air market with antiques, vintage clothes, crafts & street food
  • French Garment Cleaners Co.:  Boutique carrying an assortment of high-end fashion for men and women

Prospect Heights

  • Ample Hills Creamery:  Ice cream

Park Slope/Gowanus

  • Buttermilk Bakeshop: Bakery featuring all types of sweets, cakes and ice creams
  • L'Albero Gelato: Italian cafe with housemade gelato, pastries, panini, espresso & wine
  • Talde: Creative Pan-Asian menu
  • Lot 2:  New American menu & cocktails
  • Four & Twenty Blackbirds: Cozy bakery & cafe with handmade pies
  • Applewood:  New American cuisine served in a relaxed setting
  • D'mai Urban Spa: Small but elegant nail care offering organic alternatives

Red Hook

  • Hometown Barbeque: Rustic counter-service with slowly smoked meats, craft beer & live music on weekends.
  • Red Hook Winery
  • Cacao Prieto: Chocolate maker & liquor distillery
  • Baked: Quaint bakeshop with cookies, brownies, cakes & breakfast pastries
  • Home/Made:  Veggie-heavy New American small plates 
  • Red Hook Lobster Pound:  Casual eatery offering seafood dishes including lobster rolls & clam chowder
  • Defonte’s Sandwich Shop:  Sandwich shop featuring heroes stuffed with fried eggplant or chicken parmesan
  • Foxy and Winston:  Whimsical stationary, textile shop, and home goods
  • Van Brunt Shopping Strip: Crafts, vintage, and highly acclaimed eating and drinking options




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