The Origins of the Credit Card Trace Back to a Flatbush Bank

Sure, Manhattan has Wall Street and the Stock Exchange. But did you know that the bank card — the bulkier predecessor to the ubiquitous credit card — was born in Brooklyn?

The Brownstoner Forum is a vital place for Brooklynites to get and give advice about every aspect of homeownership and renovation, real estate, and life in New York’s favorite borough. Here’s a step-by-step guide to using this extensive library of Brooklyn know-how.

MTA warns of possible funding shortage for capital projects, prosecutor in Peter Liang case won’t ask for jail time, And More Brooklyn News.

This Stuyvesant Heights duplex is spacious, attractive and looks to be newly renovated. It’s got a fine parlor floor with high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and some nice details, including carved mahogany, moldings, pocket doors and inlaid wood floors.

Brooklyn architect Alexandra Barker squeezed a whole lot of function from an exceptionally narrow townhouse designed around a new central stair.

5 Fab Recently Renovated Brooklyn Condos for Less Than $1 Million

We’ve rounded up five newly renovated condos with reasonable price tags — between $440,000 and $1 million — in Downtown Brooklyn, Red Hook, Clinton Hill and Crown Heights. Which home would you choose?

Four sought for questioning in regards to Carey Gabay’s death, the semi-secret chef’s table at L&B Spumoni Gardens, and more Brooklyn news.

From the Forum: This Massive Safe Is Up for Grabs

A Brownstoner reader has a large antique safe to get off their hands.

With Brownstoner looking better than ever thanks to our own renovation, we’re launching a brand new service — a free online concierge connecting homeowners with expert home improvement pros to help you get the job done.

Originally published at on March 24, 2016.