by Diana Lind / photography by Yoko Inoue
Rizzoli Books
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Be still, my beating heart.  For five years I lived in Brooklyn, New York.  The fact that I now write about it in the past tense is excruciating.  And it all comes rushing back as I flip through the pages of this glorious new volume called “Brooklyn Modern.”  It is a book that looks to all the trendy (and soon-to-be-trendy) neighborhoods of the borough and the beautiful renovations that have changed some of the residential buildings there. Among the neighborhoods is Park Slope – my former residence – where a couple discoverd the BK, left Chelsea, and embarked on an amazing renovation that honours the historic charm, and yet has modern flourishes throughout.  Many of the other rennovations are far more modern.  These are in places like Fort Greene, Boreum Hill, Williamsburg and Crown Heights.  While there may be plenty of television shows out there to get one inspired for an overhaul of a living area, none of them quite reach the level of inspiration that a good book can provide.  The pages are not glossy like a cookbook, so you don’t mind actual handling them a bit, marking them with the short dust jacket to keep your favorite ideas at the ready.  “Brooklyn Modern” is an exsquisite book for lovers of interior design, modern style, and of course, the enchanting land known as Brooklyn.