See How a New Kind of Design Retail Space Thrives in Brooklyn

The year 2020 saw the shuttering of many brick-and-mortar stores, as quarantine measures and a slowed economy decreased the traffic that typically sustains physical retail spaces. In the midst of this all, fashion designer turned design collector and curator Alan Eckstein found himself crafting a new kind of design retail space in Brooklyn: The Somerset House, “a spacious, light-filled space in Williamsburg that blends decades and styles to create something totally its own.”

Alan sits in a chair at the Somerset House.

Kendall Mills

Alan, who has spent his free time over the past years amassing a respectable collection of international and domestic vintage design, began to move into the world of interior staging after a townhouse in Manhattan’s West Village that he staged in 2019 sold in just a matter of weeks. Staging, which is intended to bring out the best of a space through thoughtful styling of furniture

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As Pompano thrives with 3,000 new homes, will Black residents be pushed out?

An estimated 3,000 new homes could improve Pompano Beach’s fortunes, but some community leaders and residents worry an uptick in prices will drive out the Black families who have lived there for generations.

Broward County recently signed off on a plan for the city to accommodate thousands of new homes as part of its future downtown. The aim is to lure a massive makeover across about 272 acres east of Interstate 95 off Atlantic Boulevard, the city’s gateway corridor.

But leaders worry the higher values will displace longtime residents from the predominantly Black community. “You will force those people to not have the ability to live in this area,” said Broward Mayor Dale Holness, noting how the community dates back generations to when Pompano was known for its farmland and when Black immigrants from the Bahamas worked the fields picking beans.

Now, the city finds itself planning to raise the

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