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A Beautiful Brooklyn Mansion Gets On Facebook

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A Beautiful Brooklyn Mansion Gets On Facebook - Photo by Bruno J. Navarro

A Beautiful Brooklyn Mansion Gets On Facebook   (Photo by Bruno J. Navarro)

It just became a little easier to find your way to one of the most exquisite brownstones in Brooklyn.

The impeccably renovated Clinton Hill mansion at 280 Washington Avenue, whose bedrooms were recently added to AirBnB, is now on Facebook.

Ever since owners of the 1887 brownstone Jessica and Doug Warren opened up their breathtaking home to travelers, I have been excited to help get the word out.

“I love the idea of meeting people from around the world and having the opportunity to show them Brooklyn,” Jessica told me in September. “As you know, I love Brooklyn. When you think about how much press Brooklyn gets worldwide and how many visitors we get, there really are few hotel options.  I was in Bangkok and found, in my room, a big glossy Australian magazine that had a four- or five-page article about Brooklyn restaurants! People are coming from far and wide.”

On the home’s new Facebook page, that love of Brooklyn is evident.

I am happy to see that the Warrens, who have been magnificent hosts at various parties over the past several months and a lovely intimate dinner, are having a great experience in sharing their stunning home with visitors.

As far as I know, Jessica’s bathtub, shown below, is still off-limits.


A Bathtub to Behold - Photo by Bruno J. Navarro

A Bathtub to Behold  (Photo by Bruno J. Navarro)


A Brooklyn Room of One’s Own

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Clinton Hill brownstone

NYC Apartment Agent: Care to stay in a historic Clinton Hill brownstone?

If you happened to catch a glimpse of Jessica and Doug Warren’s breathtaking historic brownstone mansion on this year’s Clinton Hill House Tour and imagined what it would like to live there, here’s your chance.

Well, sort of.

This week, Jessica mentioned to me that she was opening up rooms via Airbnb in the couple’s spectacular home. (Read more about the amazing transformation of a once-neglected brownstone.) Two rooms and a suite are available at various price points.

We have always hoped to fill our house with travelers, people in need of a place, artists, etc.,” Jessica told me a couple of days ago. “Many of our friends have listed their places on such sites and have had very good experiences.

“I love the idea of meeting people from around the world and having the opportunity to show them Brooklyn. As you know, I love Brooklyn. When you think about how much press Brooklyn gets worldwide and how many visitors we get, there really are few hotel options.  I was in Bangkok and found, in my room, a big glossy Australian magazine that had a four- or five-page article about Brooklyn restaurants! People are coming from far and wide.

“I think that the opening of houses is very much in keeping with the DIY spirit of the borough and in keeping with the Brooklyn vibe. I think it’s perfect, actually.”

So do I.

The house’s description is as follows:

Built in 1887, this magnificent landmarked 10,000 square foot historic brownstone is one of Brooklyn’s architectural gems. It is located in Clinton Hill; one of the borough’s most culturally and architecturally interesting neighborhoods and home to noted writers, artists and musicians. The house has been meticulously restored and decorated with a collection of beautiful vintage modern furnishings and museum-quality art. Centrally located with access to mass transit, it’s just minutes from Manhattan. You will also find, within walking distance, wonderful ‘Brooklyn food movement’ restaurants, The Green Market, The Brooklyn Flea, Fort Greene Park, The Pratt Sculpture Garden and BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music).

Two rooms are available:

THE ERHART — This room, located on the fourth floor, has a lovely view of Clinton Hill, Fort Greene and The Williamsburg Bank Building. True to the spirit of Brooklyn, it is decorated with a muted palette and an eclectic mix of vintage furnishings to create a tranquil atmosphere. It has a private vestibule, cedar closet space, luxury bedding, a marble bathroom and an i-pod dock. A connecting room is available to create a suite. Queen, sleeps 2.

THE SWOON — This hip wonderland of a room, located on the third floor, is painted a deep peacock blue. It has a distinctive collected feel; decorated with antiques, flea market finds and mid-century modern pieces. It has large windows, a fireplace, a walk-in closet, luxury bedding, an i-pod dock, an artistic vintage-inspired bathroom with a clawfoot tub and an original pedestal sink. King, sleeps 2.

The suite is described thus:

THE BIGGIE — The Erhart is combined with a spacious mahogany paneled room to create this 1,200 square foot suite that spans the entire fourth floor. This additional room is stylishly decorated with pedigreed vintage furnishings; two merlot mohair velvet Tobia Scarpa sofas, a Karl Springer coffee table and 60’s Venini chandeliers. It has a fireplace, a mini-refrigerator, luxury bedding, a large flat screen television, a dvd player, and an iPod dock. Suite, sleeps 4-5.

Although I don’t have any Clinton Hill reservations in the works, I do have a dinner invitation next week, and I am psyched!

For pricing information, please visit Airbnb: Historic Brownstone Mansion in Brooklyn.

A Clinton Hill Evening to Remember

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A Clinton Hill Evening to Remember

A Clinton Hill Evening to Remember: The party was confined to the first floor, nowhere near Jessica's Bathtub

Jessica and Doug Warren’s lovely generosity was on full display last Friday, as they hosted a reception at their magnificent brownstone on Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill.

The occasion was the Greene Hill Food Co-op‘s installation of street artist JR’s work, part “Inside Out: A Global Art Project.”

Winner of the 2011 TED Prize, the anonymous photographer was profiled in a New York Times article titled “Award to Artist Who Gives Slums a Human Face,” which also includes an excellent slideshow.

Among the guests were several volunteers who had helped hang the show earlier in the day, a winemaker from Palmer Vineyards, a Bravo food and wine expert and various other great down-to-Earth folks.

The best part, of course, was simply being invited.

A casual vibe, a variety of comfort food, plentiful drinks — amid an interior that does not stop inspiring — contributed to a fantastic evening.

Dancing in the living room marked the latter part of the night when Doug made choice selections from his vintage record collection, which included classic tracks from David Bowie, Rolling Stones, et cetera, along with “White Lines (Don’t Do It),” the seminal dance track from the early 1980s.

I have never heard vinyl sound so good.

Although I have written previously about the first time I set foot in the 12,000-square-foot mansion and some of the renovation’s back story I stumbled across one afternoon, actually visiting the beautiful home was a completely different experience — and one I won’t soon forget.

For more about the home and its renovations, check out JP Warren Interiors on FacebookNeuhaus Design Architecture and photographs of this project and others.

A Clinton Hill Evening to Remember: The Parlor

A Clinton Hill Evening to Remember: The Parlor, as seen during the Clinton Hill Open House Tour

Opening Night at the A&D Building

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Opening Night at the Architects & Designers Building

Opening Night at the Architects & Designers Building: GE Monogram Design Center

NEW YORK — Opening Night at the Architects & Designers Building drew a sizable crowd Monday night despite less-than-ideal weather.

There was far too much amazing food throughout the event for me to attempt to take photographs of all the amazing showrooms in the A&D Building, although I did provide a few updates throughout the night via Twitter.

One of my favorite appetizers, meatballs with Parmesan cheese, was provided by miaDona, a restaurant on E. 58th Street I can’t wait to try out.

The Miele showroom sported an in-wall espresso maker that looked like something out of “Star Trek.” The one I saw wasn’t plugged in, so I can’t vouch for how well it might work.

Bilotta Kitchens of NY hired a chef to provide a fantastic polenta with a tomato sauce and (I think) asiago cheese. The line snaked around the showroom until the food ran out (and almost sparked an altercation among the hungry guests).

I was floored (no pun intended, actually) by the reclaimed antique hardwood floors at Exquisite Surfaces, some of which were imported from France and perhaps a century old.

Incidentally, Exquisite Surfaces also installed the flooring at the phenomenal GE Monogram Design Center, according to the manager. The live kitchen was staffed by the excellent Chef Tageré Southwell, who created masterpieces the entire night.

This is where I finished out the evening, posting a picture of the amazing etched doors of one of the Monogram refrigerators depicting the Empire State Building.

Quite covetable.

Finally empty-handed, I pulled out my camera and took a couple of photographs to commemorate the evening: Above, there’s an induction cooktop (these things are amazing) and a gas cooktop set in a custom recycled-glass counter. Below, is the brand-new over-the-rang Advantium speed-cooking over (just installed).

There are settings on this for just about anything you might think to make.

It would likely make me want to cook on a regular basis.

The new Advantium over-the-range oven at GE Monogram Design Center

The new Advantium over-the-range speed-cooking oven at GE Monogram Design Center

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2011.05.17 at 23:15

The Amazing Clinton Hill House Tour

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The Pfizer Mansion (Photo by Bruno J. Navarro. All rights reserved.)

The Pfizer Mansion: The Parlor  (Photo by Bruno J. Navarro)

The 2011 Clinton Hill House Tour, which took place this past Sunday in Brooklyn, offered up a peek into some of the most interesting homes in this 19th century neighborhood.

A perfect spring day drew throngs of participants, and some homes on the tour had visitors lining up to get a look at the otherwise off-limits private residences.

Most of the homes were stunning, they were all compelling and yet one stood out by far.

The home of Pfizer co-founder, Charles Eberhart’s daughter Fanny and her husband Rudolf Erbsloh, Pfizer Mansion, located at 280 Washington Avenue, is one of two adjoining Queen Anne Style homes that were built in 1887. According to literature provided to tour-goers by The Society for Clinton Hill, the structures were designed “by Marshall J. Morrill for Charles Eberhardt, one of the co-founders of the Pfizer Company.

“The house is five stories high and a rather jaw-dropping 105 feet deep including the kitchen addition.”

The 12,000-square-foot home, lovingly restored by Doug and Jessica Warren (see her bathtub below), also features what is believed the oldest residential Otis elevator in New York.

There are hardly enough superlatives to describe adequately how beautiful this brownstone was.

The Pfizer Mansion (Photo by Bruno J. Navarro. All rights reserved.)

The Pfizer Mansion: Jessica’s Bathtub  (Photo by Bruno J. Navarro)

The Pfizer Mansion (Photo by Bruno J. Navarro. All rights reserved.)

The Pfizer Mansion: The Office  (Photo by Bruno J. Navarro)

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