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Brownstone Beef

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In yet another example of the Times being totally on it, this weekend's real estate section devotes a heck of a lot of words to Brooklyn brownstones and their iconic, oft-romanticized interiors. In a critique titled, "Is This the Most Photographed House in Brooklyn?", BK Mag has a rebuttal about the disconnect between the borough's brand and a little thing called reality: "It's like the idea of Brooklyn—the beautiful brownstone, the soaring expanse of the Manhattan bridge, the tree-lined streets—have become nothing more than a green-screened background to our lives, even though they aren't the reality for most of the people who live here. For most of us, an impeccably decorated brownstone is no more a potential home than it is for someone who lives in rural Ohio." [Brooklyn Magazine]