Brooklyn’s own Jonathan Lopes is currently recreating his Brooklyn neighborhood with LEGO bricks! The huge undertaking is small in scale, as it has to fit inside of Lopes’s Boerum Hill living room. He told the Daily News, “It’s challenging to achieve certain aesthetics with the limitations of the brick. I try to get it as real looking as possible.”
The obsession started with a Star Wars LEGO model he purchased 10 years ago. It was about 4 years ago that he began to work on this current scene, which now nearly takes up his living room’s entire 400-square-feet; he told the paper, “I want it to look like what I see every day when I walk to the subway.”
The buildings in his plastic city are real spots he frequents or walks past in the borough—the Fairway in Red Hook, the Williamsburg Savings Bank (12,000 LEGO bricks!) and even a gardening shop on Hoyt Street are all represented. He’s nearly done with the model, which will be broken down for parts upon completion. See more of his intricate recreation HERE.