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Chefs at Home: Justin Warner’s Bed-Stuy Apartment (and Pets)

Chefs at Home: Justin Warner’s Bed-Stuy Apartment (and Pets)

Check out our photos of the chef making breakfast and hanging out with his dog

Jane Bruce

Justin Warner of Food Network fame shows us his Brooklyn digs.

When you walk into Justin Warner’s apartment, a small long-haired mutt named Kewpie (named after the Japanese mayo) greets you. This is after you’ve passed the lounge and movie theater in the lobby. In addition to Kewpie, there are two cats and two turtles residing in the apartment. They say three’s a crowd, but we say five’s a party.

Chefs at Home: Justin Warner’s Bed-Stuy Apartment (and Pets) (Slideshow)

Justin Warner’s day-to-day is non-stop. Whether he’s working at Do or Dine, the Bed-Stuy restaurant he’s co-owned since 2011, creating new recipes (with or without General Mills cereal, with whom he has an endorsement deal), or writing endless emails, his home is a place for him to relax, play video games, and hang out with his dog. “I love this place," he says, "and it’s so conducive to sitting.”

Most of Justin Warner’s stuff is hats, cereal, or nerdy knickknacks, but he also has his fair share of cooking tools. He explains, “I have a lot of cooking bullsh*t. Some people would say all you need is a spoon and a pot, but the problem is when I’m doing recipe development, I like to be able to say, 'Put it in your Crock-Pot.' I always get assignments like, 'What are your tailgating recipes?' and I’m like, I don’t even know what tailgating means. I’ve never done that, but that means Crock-Pot, right?”

Look out for Justin on Beat Bobby Flay this March. He’ll also be releasing a rap video soon, though it’s definitely not the first.

Experience the Extraordinary

Located in the heart of the walkable upscale community of Birmingham, Michigan, and just 20 miles from downtown Detroit, The Townsend Hotel is known for its exceptional service and amenities, including the award-winning upscale contemporary restaurant, Rugby Grille, Afternoon Tea, The Townsend Bakery and a variety of world-class banquet, catering, and wedding services.

Opened in 1988, The Townsend Hotel is AAA Four-Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star boutique luxury property with 150 guestrooms, including nine penthouses and specialty suites. Since opening, The Townsend has been the proud recipient of a variety of travel and hospitality industry publication and traveler survey accolades, including Travel + Leisure&rsquos (T+L) Best Hotel in Michigan and T+L 500: The World&rsquos Best Hotels, as well as Condé Nast Traveler&lsquos Top 15 Hotels in the Midwest and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.


Bushwick is a popular haven for artists, hipsters and New Yorkers who enjoy this ultra-urban, artistic mecca that is as unique as the creative residents who call it home. With its dozens of galleries, restaurants and industrial areas “gowned” in outdoor murals, this NYC hub of “avant-garde” music and art bordering Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy and Ridgewood is the quintessential mixture of “old school Brooklyn meets new age artisans”.

This industrial neighborhood, blended with landmark homes and architectural wonders is often characterized as gritty, but that’s the attraction. Voted second coolest neighborhood in the United States, there’s a reason why Bushwick continues to boom.

Crown Heights

A long-time diverse historical community and cultural mecca located in north central Brooklyn, Crown Heights has attracted throngs of young 20-somethings to the more than 50 bars, restaurants, boutiques and shops that have sprouted up along the renewed and booming Franklin Avenue corridor during the past few years. Known for its ethnic diversity, the neighborhood has indeed become a thriving melting pot. Crown Heights stretches in a broad arc, with Prospect Heights on the western side and Ocean Hill and Brownsville far to the east. The main promenade and thoroughfare is Eastern Parkway, which is also home to the Brooklyn Museum, the main branch of the Brooklyn Library at Grand Army Plaza and borders on the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.

Fur the clout: Inside the pooch palaces of NYC’s top dog influencers

These four-legged New Yorkers may drool uncontrollably, but they rule their digs thanks to Instagram stardom.

That’s doubly true for Charlie, the 8-year-old bichon poodle, and his roommate, Sawyer, a 5-year-old goldendoodle.

They live in an apartment on the Upper East Side with their human, 32-year-old Paige Chernick.

The two doodle rescues’ enormous internet presence — they share 136,000 followers on the Instagram account @puppynamedcharlie — has afforded them posh pooch perks.

They love to lounge on their La-Z-Boy-brand dog couch and beds and admire their portraits, which hang on the walls around the apartment.

When they’re done playing in the snow, they might dry off in their very own namesake bathrobes and then head to their own, dedicated closet — filled with their many jackets, sweaters and accessories for a wardrobe change. Yes, they have more closet space than most human New Yorkers.

Pic of the litter: The décor is strictly for the dogs in the Manhattan home of Paige Chernick with her doodle rescues Charlie and Sawyer. Brian Zak/NY Post

Charlie and Sawyer also enjoy coveted urban outdoor space, a private balcony, “which in the warmer months is a nice luxury for them to have because they can sit outside on the couch,” said Chernick.

Chernick’s Charlie (left) and Sawyer (right) boast 136,000 followers on Instagram. Brian Zak/NY Post

There are an estimated 600,000 dogs living in New York City, but how many get to pick out the wall art?

New York’s most famous pooches, who rack in lucrative sponsorship deals for their owners, give new meaning to the word fur-niture. They have taken over their humans’ apartments, owning the beds and couches, claiming the closets and dressers for their extensive canine costumes and accoutrement.

It’s an ethos summed up in a recent post of Charlie cuddling a Jonathan Adler throw pillow emblazoned with the words “BOSS LADY.” The caption: “Act like a lady, think like a boss!”

Sigrid Neilson’s luxury studio in Chelsea belongs to her Brussels griffon Sprout He has four beds and own little teepee. Tamara Beckwith/NY POST

Sprout, a 5-year-old Brussels griffon, is also breaking the ‘Gram, with 177,000 fans subscribed to his blue checkmark account @brussels.sprout. He owns a luxury studio apartment in Chelsea, with his human, Sigrid Neilson, a 39-year-old lawyer.

Their home is “a homage to his love of napping,” said Neilson of Sprout’s salubrious shelter, which includes four beds and a crate, plush blankets and a teepee that he loves to slumber in. Of course, he has also claimed his human’s bed and couch as his own.

When he isn’t living it up in his doggie digs, Sprout’s favorite pastime is going for walks and visiting stores in the neighborhood, where he happily accepts treats from the friendly shopkeepers.

Maxine, a 5-year-old corgi, has also gone to doggy heaven. The furry Manhattan transplant now enjoys borough living in a duplex in Bed-Stuy outfitted with animal- themed art and décor.

Her humans, Bryan Reisberg, 32, and Alex Garyn, 31, who work as a creative director and director of planning for a wellness brand, respectively, run her Instagram account @madmax_fluffyroad and have amassed 750,000 followers.

Maxine spends most of her daylight hours downstairs (the family’s black-and-white mustachioed cat, Geoff, sleeps upstairs) and loves running around on the terrace just off the master bedroom. But the apartment’s office is where the magic is made.

Maxine has a favorite dog bed there, as well as boxes of costumes and toys and Maxine-related merchandise that her loyal audience eagerly consume. Camera and video equipment are set up to capture every second of Maxine’s canine moxie.

When your dog has 750,000 followers, she walks you! Such is the life of Bryan Reisberg and his fluffy Corgi Maxine (left), whose playthings fill their Bed-Stuy duplex (right). Brian Zak/NY Post

What’s more, the office is host to Maxine-inspired posters and shelves with children’s books that serve as research for a kid’s book about Maxine that’s in the works.

“I’m pretty sure Maxine knows she’s famous,” Reisberg said. “I choose to believe that’s where her attitude comes from. She’s a diva.”

Naturally, it would be presumptuous to think that New York’s most precious pooches dare commit a pedestrian act like lifting a leg on a hydrant to relieve themselves.

Tinkerbelle, a 9-year-old Papatese — who lives in Midtown with her human, Sam Carrell, an actor and dancer, and her new little sister, Belle — has a private bathroom potty pad with her own space to do business.

Home life is especially cushy for the this four-legged fairy, with nothing to do but flaunt her “five pounds of fierce, fabulous fluff” with 469,000 Instagram followers via @tinkerbellethedog — registered trademark.

Matthew&aposs Marvels

The architect shares a few of his favorite places to shop and find inspiration.

Dream buys: “I don’t really covet luxury design pieces, but I have a soft spot for lighting and would love to have a Ladies & Gentlemen Studio chandelier, and even better if it was a collaboration. Otherwise, I𠆝 dream big for some iconic art pieces like a Thomas Demand photograph or Julie Mehretu drawing.”

Destinations for design inspiration: Berlin, the public library, my book collection, Vogue magazine. “I get a lot from fashion, and I think the way that people think about fashion and fashion inspiration really appeals to me,” says Matthew. “I love fashion photography, and looking to that for colors and textures.”

Favorite detail in the apartment: The green marble threshold in the terrazzo bathroom, and the shower door hole in the other.

Biggest design inspirations: “I’m very material-driven, so materials and material trends are the source of a lot of my inspiration. I love to look to nature for form and composition. And to the world of fashion and textiles for color and craft and ideas for how materials can come together.”

Favorite thing about your neighborhood: I think it’s technically Bed-Stuy, but I’m close to the junction of several neighborhoods𠅌linton Hill, Bed-Stuy, South Williamsburg. They are all neighborhoods with thriving, diverse communities. I try to support my community by shopping locally and supporting local businesses, and as I settle in here, I want to find other ways to contribute,” says Matthew. “In the Trump era, we all have a responsibility to speak out about the strength in our diversity and how that is a fundamental American value. With a president who wakes up every day looking for Americans to attack and put down, we are all called to work harder than ever to lift each other up.”

Favorite Sunday activity at home: “Making poached eggs with avocado toast and baby greens for brunch—it’s one of the few times in the week I have time to cook just to enjoy the experience, and it is perfect to share with a friend and catch up.”

Bed-Stuy Couple Found Dead in Possible Murder-Suicide, Police Say

BED-STUY, BROOKLYN — A 38-year-old woman and a man believed to be her boyfriend were found dead from gunshot wounds inside the woman's Bed-Stuy apartment early Wednesday morning in a potential murder-suicide, according to the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

Police said they responded to a 911 call reporting a woman had been shot inside of an apartment at 745 Gates Ave. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 12:07 a.m.

Inside the apartment, officers found Felicita Sotillo "unconscious and unresponsive, with a gunshot wound to the head," police said.

A 41-year-old male, who police believe to be Sotillo's boyfriend, was also found inside the apartment in the same condition, police said.

The New York Daily News reported that "police sources believe that the man shot Sotillo in the head before taking his own life."

A firearm was found inside the apartment, police said. No arrests had been made as of late Wednesday morning.

The identity of the man found dead next to Sotillo will be released once his family is notified of his death, as police said.

So far this year, four people have been shot in the 81st Precinct, where Sotillo and her boyfriend were were found dead Wednesdat, according to official police statistics. Only one person was shot in the precinct during the same time period last year.


Local developer Joel Schwartz has filed applications for a five-story, 10-unit residential building at 922 Dekalb Ave. Located in the north-central portion of Bed-Stuy, The structure sits on a 2,500 square foot interior lot and will replace a single-story, 2,400-square-foot church, according to demolition filings submitted in February 2018.

New Rendering, Construction Update for 924 Myrtle Avenue, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

6:30 am on March 28, 2018 By Sebastian Morris

As part of a drastic revamp of Brooklyn’s 924 Myrtle Avenue, today, YIMBY has the reveal for a new brick-centric facade for the Bed-Stuy development, where construction is ongoing.

Permits Filed for 459 Quincy Street, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

6:30 am on September 11, 2017 By Nikolai Fedak

Building applications have been filed for a vacant site at 459 Quincy Street, next to Throop Avenue, in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant. Robert Bianchini’s ARC Architecture + Design Studio is the architect of record, and the new structure will have a total area of 10,859 square feet. Within that, there will be 7,408 square feet of residential space, to be divided amongst ten units, likely rentals. There will be four floors as well as a penthouse level, and four duplex units will be included within the mix, including one that begins on the fourth floor and then takes the entirety of the penthouse. Yosef Elishaiev of Rutland 491 LLC is listed as the developer.

Permits Filed for 20 Prescott Place, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

6:00 am on September 8, 2017 By Nikolai Fedak

A one-story warehouse surrounded by vacant land at 20 Prescott Place, on the southeastern edge of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, is about to be redeveloped into something useful. Applications filed for the long-neglected site show a new eight-story building with a total construction area measuring 33,681 square feet, all of which will be dedicated to residential use. The project’s 49 apartments will average under 700 square feet apiece, indicative of rentals. Adam Kushner of Kushner Studios is the architect of record, and Mordechai Halberstam of Mor Rosen LLC/Mazeh Realty is listed as the developer.

Permits Filed for 375 Stuyvesant Avenue, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

6:00 am on August 28, 2017 By Nikolai Fedak

Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy doesn’t always see the best executions of infill development, but new filings for 375 Stuyvesant Avenue will hopefully provide an example for others to follow. DXA Studio applied for the permits, indicating the new building should be both innovative and attractive, and Oren Evenhar of Pinestone Greene LLC is listed as the developer. The structure will rise five floors and have 7,386 square feet of residential space, to be divided amongst seven units. With a design-minded architect and an average unit size of over 1,000 square feet, condominiums would appear likely. An existing building on the site is landmarked, though there appears to be ample room to accommodate the new structure, which has yet to be reviewed by the LPC.

A MoMA Collection Specialist Lives Amid Her Art in Her Brooklyn Apartment

MoMA Collection specialist Kayla Dalle Molle's Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, living room filled with auction house and secondhand finds alike. A gifted Kazuhide Takahama Suzanne Sofa for Knoll anchors the space and lays across a Marcel Wanders Studio’s Bottoni Sofa found on Facebook Marketplace.

“I really didn't have any other parameters other than ‘prewar,’” says Kayla Dalle Molle, collection specialist at the MoMA, of her hunt to find her next home. On a Bed-Stuy street chock-full of Victorian-style row houses sat an 1892 brownstone with the sort of iconic period details any history buff or design lover would fawn over. But the hand-carved crown moldings and 10-foot ceilings weren't the only reason the art researcher felt drawn to the space. After moving back to the city following a short stint in Connecticut, Kayla's tolerance for clichéd horrible apartments was nonexistent. “I knew what Manhattan had to offer and I knew what I could afford,” quips Kayla of the harsh reality of New York City real estate “I've already lived in a classic dungeon-like space.”

Her fireplace, sanctified with candles purchased from Alive Herbal, nests under a mantel showcasing the best of Renaissance 19th-century revival style. In the forefront placed neatly atop a Morgan Spaulding acrylic coffee table lies one of many glass-blown vases in Kayla's home. This one she purchased from G. Brian Juk, the resident glassblower at the Corning Museum of Glass.

Cue the opulent apartment that most definitely warrants a double take. It's no shock that Kayla, a researcher by trade, was able to secure the first apartment she saw, as she was in fact “very prepared.” “My work follows me into every facet of my life,” she half-jokes of her role at the famous museum. “It can be funny but also burdensome.” She was able, however, to set aside her analytical nature for one quite important task: the design process.

Thinking outside the box, Kayla strayed from typical design rules by bringing an outdoor table indoors. Purchased from Hay, the table acts as the centerpiece for a mashup of modern chairs that make for an interesting exchange with the rest of the apartment's decor.

“People can get kind of myopic about where they shop,” says the collection specialist. “I'd maybe offer advice on being open to shopping in unexpected places.” Case in point: the wooden pegboard hanging in the kitchen, found at Maisonette, a children's boutique.

Equipped with years’ worth of memorable pieces, Kayla was able to fill the majority of the space with decor as decadent as the home she now occupies. Allowing her intuition to act as her “internal arbiter of taste,” reason and rationality were tabled—for a moment at least. After she bolstered that intuition with “cold hard facts,” Kayla's home slowly but surely came to be the space we see now. Well, almost. “These images were taken a month ago and the space looks completely different.” And so goes the life of a maximalist looking to quench an object-loving thirst. A self-proclaimed “scavenger,” Kayla has stocked up on eye-catching collectibles. From a complete set of William Nicholson’s ‘An Alphabet’ (1897–98) hanging proudly over her Ronan and Erwin Bouroullec’s Palissade Table for Hay, to the 1970s wool tapestry by Dutch artist Karel Appel she purchased at auction and now has doubling as a rug, Kayla's collection of art is one for the ages.

Front and center sits Kayla's latest project: upcycling furniture. Awaiting its final coat of resin, the stunning blue beauty will be one of many for sale in the (hopefully) near future.

“The Blacklist” will be back for season eight, as NBC confirmed in February. The network issued an early renewal to the veteran drama, tied to the celebration of its 150th episode. The news doesn’t come as a surprise. The original cast members, including stars James Spader and Megan Boone, renegotiated their contracts over the last several months in anticipation of the renewal.

Lloyd Blankfein’s Bed-Stuy Homecoming

Lloyd Blankfein came back to Brooklyn yesterday, to the nexus of one of its poorest neighborhoods. Though even today, poor in Brooklyn is relative, as the borough’s gentrification continues inexorably, slowed–but only just so–by the recession.

The occasion was the groundbreaking of the Bradford, named for a tree native to the borough. Located on a lot that had been recently cleared of condemned rowhouses to make way for a low- to middle-income apartment building, the project will provide some refuge before the next wave of development hits and the surrounding brownstones are once again commanding seven-figure price tags.

It should be noted that middle income in this case, which comprises about 80 percent of the building’s 105 units, translates to a family of four making between $99,000 and $127,000 a year. The other 21 units are set aside for those making less than $24,000 a year, which seems much closer to the realities of Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights. At the same time, those sorts of families do not make for the best return on Goldman Sachs’ $6.5 million investment in the $45 million project.

All the expertly tailored pinstripe suits–probably more than the neighborhood has seen in one place for decades, excepting at church on a Sunday–seemed rather out of place, though not as much as the very presence of the vampire squid on this busy stretch of Fulton Street, down the block from Pasha Discount 99¢ and Mother’s Kitchen $3.99 and Up Jamaican Restaurant, Mr. Liquor and a jam-packed McDonald’s.

On the walk to the event, The Observer saw only African-American and Caribbean faces. Inside the event, there were about as many Caucasians as not. In the gleaming rendering for the project, the whites outnumber the blacks and browns. There, for the grace of Goldman Sachs, goes the neighborhood

It is a place Blankfein knows well, even if he has left it far behind. The banking chief grew up four miles away, in the Linden Houses of East New York–then a Jewish ghetto, now a black one. His father was a postal worker, but that did not stop young Lloyd from going to Harvard at 16. Will the residents of the Bradford have it so good? Maybe this is what Blankfein is hoping. Maybe it is even a possibility. Maybe for those growing up in the fancier apartments.

“I knew things would be better when I got back to native soil from far across the sea in Manhattan,” Blankfein said at the outset of his short ceremonial remarks. Nothing like a homecoming, even if his real home today is at the illustrious Central Park West.

Yet it is easy to wonder if that $27 million apartment, reportedly paid for with cash, was not financed at least in part by the subprime mortgages that have ravaged this corner of Brooklyn. The neighborhood has more problems then just gentrification.

But here is Goldman to help, bringing the power of its $1.2 billion Urban Investment Group to bear on this rundown neighborhood. So what if the project will could earn the company 8 to 10 percent on what its website calls a “featured transaction.” This is about the people.

“The returns from this investment will be some of the greatest for Goldman Sachs,” Blankfein said, smiling the Cheshire grin he wore all afternoon. At first he seemed to be saying that what he and his company valued most was the investment in his old neighbors. But maybe, as always, it was just the profits.

Watch the video: Bed Stuy Apt Walk Through (January 2022).