One thing brownstones have in abundance are bricks. And I keep seeing dumpsters full of them. It is heartbreaking for me. These are beautiful bricks, a hundred years old, with character and texture.

Here is one job site where they knocked down the whole building.

There were thousands of perfect bricks. The next day they were brimming in a dumpster. And the next day when I came with a truck to get some they were gone, off to a landfill.

We got some of their left overs.


We use them everywhere. It is quicker to use cinder blocks, but bricks are my preference. It may be weird but there is something very comforting for me to put these bricks back into the house so they can sleep maybe another 100 years. To send them to the landfill seems so absolutely wrong.