In 2006, the three architects who founded Interboro Partners were walking around downtown Brooklyn in search of a new office when they happened upon the run-down, beige facade of 33 Flatbush Avenue. “There was a fantastic portrait of Elvis in the window, with a sign that said ‘Available,’ ” says Georgeen Theodore, one of the partners. “We knew we wanted to work there.” At the time, Interboro had been developing a new strategy for adaptive reuse—pushing the idea of making incremental changes to languishing buildings, using available materials. When they met Al Attara, the owner of 33 Flatbush Avenue, it turned out to be a meeting of minds: Attara had a building full of junk and the dream of starting a creative collective; Interboro became his first tenant.
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