How a Terraced Garden Helped a Brooklyn Home Rise to the Occasion

The bottom floor of this townhouse renovation now connects to the outdoors via a new ADU office.

In New York City, the boundary between public and private space often gets blurred—think of subway commuters packed cheek by jowl or parks moonlighting as backyards for barbecues. In Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, architectural and interior designer Rebecca Cohen-Scharfman renovated a two-unit, four-floor townhouse with this ambiguity in mind, creating a home where the interiors seem to flow outside.

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