DIY Brooklyn Skyline Kits

Celebrate the signature settings of New York with these charming mini model kits.


created by

David Shulman and Terence Arjo

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Borough By Design

Brooklynites riding the F and G trains have long been welcomed home by the familiar sight of the Kentile Floors sign--and any New Yorker gets a sense of hometown pride at the sight of a rooftop water tower. Celebrate the signature settings of New York that the tour guides leave out with these charming mini model kits.

Laser cut from chipboard, a 100% recycled material, these realistic, scaled down models come flat-packed with everything you need to put your desktop design together. Once assembled, take up your paintbrush and markers and these models become a blank canvas for your creativity. Made in Brooklyn, NY.

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WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

David and Terence love where they live and the icons that represent their fantastic city. They’re always looking for ways to honor the everyday symbols around them, but in dimensions that are more apartment-friendly than their real-life counterparts.
David and Terence became friends while Masters' students at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and collaborated on a number of projects there. David has devised a number of products and worked in the creative side of advertising over the past 10+ years, and Terence has 15+ years as an Industrial Designer. The combination and complementary nature of these skills led them to found their company.
David and Terence’s first product is an homage to the many water towers that hover above their great city. And they recently introduced the Kentile Floors sign model kit, in honor of the eponymous sign that graced the skies of Brooklyn for 50+ years. They’re working on their next kit (stay tuned) and are working on their first kit for an icon outside of New York.

Recycled Made in the USA
Made from
100% recycled chipboard
Water Tower: 5" L x 5" W x 10" H; Kentile Floors: 9" L x 4" W x 8.5" H
Assembly required.
Sold individually.
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Most of our items are in stock and will ship quickly. Orders for in-stock items placed before 5pm ET Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays, will ship in the US:
Economy shipping:
within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
Standard shipping:
within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
Preferred shipping:
within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
Expedited shipping:
within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
Express shipping:
will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

Please note: This item is not available to ship outside of the U.S.

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Fun gift for my Brooklyn, New York, based son.


My adult son has an interest in water towers and I thought this might be a fun addition to the gift package I am assembling for him. He has not yet received it so I cannot report on his response but I know at the least, it will produce a smile on his face. The item is sturdy and made of a composite, much like a thick masonite. The pieces are cut cleanly and look easy to assemble.




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