Brian Hartig started his investigative company, Brownstone Detectives, after discovering interesting artifacts in his new Brooklyn home, which sparked within him a new interest in learning the history of New York residential buildings. New York residents who feel a similar drive to uncover the history of their home don’t need to hire a private detective in order to satisfy that curiosity. The city is full of resources that make it easy to track down relevant information. From the Building Information website of the Department of Buildings to local historical and landmark preservation societies, information about the city’s countless structures are everywhere—just so long as you know where to look.
- Brownstone Detectives is an investigative company run by local New Yorker Brian Hartig
- Residents can track down relevant information about the histories of their dwellings using tools supplied by the city government or, in some cases, the national government via a national registry
- New York is home to a number of preservation and historic landmark societies that store information about historic buildings
“If your building has been landmarked, that will be indicated on the NYC Department of Buildings’ Building Information Site (BIS) website.”