In Brooklyn, an 1890s Townhouse Is Reborn With Tons of Light and a Crisp Black Facade

In Brooklyn, an 1890s Townhouse Is Reborn With Tons of Light and a Crisp Black Facade

By Somer Charanek
The Red Hook home was once a warren of dark rooms.

When Joe and Ali Pivar purchased their 1890s townhouse in Red Hook in late 2012, their realtor told them they got the last good deal in the transitioning Brooklyn neighborhood. But like all good deals, it came with a downside. The house, unaltered since the ’70s, was a warren of small, windowless rooms, serviced by ancient utilities. 

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