We’ve discussed the manifold merits of Brooklyn before. Relatively untouched by visitors compared with the rest of New York City, only the locals know that Brooklyn has already arrived – leaving the rest of the world to catch on at a later date. And post-industrial Boerum Hill, which is currently being forged into Brooklyn’s next big cultural destination, is the ideal spot from which to get a glimpse of the revolution.
The Boerum Hill neighbourhood inherited its name from the Dutch family that first settled here, but this little patch of land has been through a lot since the colonial fur trade first enticed these settlers to build their manors. The neighbourhood is today dominated by three-storey rowhouses dating from the 19th century, where ironworkers brought to build the city’s bridges boarded. These less salubrious times are now long gone, and Boerum Hill has been re-born as an elegant enclave.
No home is better placed to illustrate this remarkable transformation than Bond Street 2, a three level space housed within a former electrical factory. The exposed bricks remain as a clue to its industrial past, but teamed with polished hardwoods and delightful artwork they make this home more eclectic than electric.
The first level houses a spacious kitchen, fitted out for every kind of culinary machination with its gleaming stainless steel appliances. Concoct a coffee from the fine espresso machine, and full steam ahead to explore the dining room and sitting area. Here an array of artwork and honey-coloured wooden furniture bring a kind of charming warmth to the industrial space. Then, ascend to reach the inner workings of this home – a vibrant second floor sitting room, which transforms into a guest bedroom with the ingenious Murphy bed, and the folksy master bedroom. The final cog in this well-oiled machine? The sun soaked top-floor terrace.