Honey, Who Shrunk the Landmarks?: Iconic Brooklyn Buildings feature in custom Lego set

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A Brooklyn design firm has created a special custom LEGO set depicting pieces of several Brooklyn nabes.
Photo courtesy The Brooklyn Studio

Historic Brooklyn landmarks, including the Carroll Street Bridge, Park Slope row houses and the arch at Grand Army Plaza, have been turned into a buildable Lego model as part of a prominent Brooklyn architecture firm’s anniversary celebrations.

Although not available for purchase, the quaint model still provides eye-candy and possible craft inspiration for the rainy days ahead.

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The special, not-for-sale set features several iconic Brooklyn buildings and locations. Photo courtesy The Brooklyn Studio

According to Brendan Coburn, founder of The Brooklyn Studio, which created the model, the set follows “a loosely defined geography of Brooklyn, spanning from Carroll Gardens to Prospect Heights.”

From left to right, the set includes the 1889 Carroll Street Bridge and Bridge Tender’s House, the 1889 National Packing Box Factory, the Gowanus Canal, Park Slope brick and brownstone row houses, Park Slope limestone row houses, the 1892 Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch, and Prospect Park, Coburn said in a press release. “To add a level of realism, the Carroll Street Bridge can be placed in its fully retracted position, where it has sat, in real life, for the last 19 months,” he said.


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The set includes bits and pieces of several Brooklyn nabes — Brownstones from Park Slope, the Gowanus Canal and more. Photo courtesy The Brooklyn Studio

The firm worked with independent Lego artist Steve Mayes, who is based in the U.K., to create the streetscape, which was given out to the firm’s clients and collaborators as a holiday gift. Formerly known as CWB Architects, The Brooklyn Studio was established 25 years ago, in 1997.

For Brooklynites wanting to follow a step-by-step process building an iconic local building, Brooklyn Paper’s sister site Brownstoner previously uncovered a Brooklyn-style craft from the 19th century — vintage plans for constructing a miniature paper model of Plymouth Church on Orange Street in Brooklyn Heights.

Editor’s Note: Due to “overwhelming demand,” the Brooklyn Studio has decided to make a second round of the Lego sets to sell. Proceeds from the sale of each set will be donated to HDC. Price and other details are TBD.

A version of this story first appeared on Brooklyn Paper’s sister site Brownstoner