Mysteries of Brooklyn
It has long been heralded as the candy-colored jewel in the chocolate crown of Brooklyn’s brownstone belt, but the new owners of Park Slope’s wackiest house have decided, with the blessing of the city, to return it to its natural shade. The building has become something of a local landmark since Bernie Henry, now 92 years old, bought the place in 1961. He repainted it the fetching pink hue as a gift to his wife. Well, they do say love is blind.
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Christabel Gough, the secretary for the Society for the Architecture of the City and a resident of the Greenwich Village Historic District, has a simple, to the point message for New Yorkers: Beware. Manhattanization, she warns, is growing, encroaching on historical neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. It is the real estate equivalent of kudzu and Brooklyn, Ms. Gough says, is the next victim. Yet unlike it’s leafy cousin, Manhattanization cannot be eradicated with sheep.
But first, a word on Manhattanization, as explained by Ms. Gough in her keynote speech, “Can Cobble Hill Avoid Manhattanization” at the Cobble Hill Association General Meeting on May 29th, and helpfully reprinted at Brownstoner.
Red Carpet Real Estate
Though many thought it was not possible, Park Slope is becoming even more perfect. (And no, the ice cream trucks have not agreed to vacate Prospect Park.)
Today, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a sizable expansion of the Park Slope historic district, making it one of the largest historic districts in the city, according to a release from City Councilmember Brad Lander.
The extension will include some 580 buildings and will stretch from roughly 7th Street to 15th Street, mostly between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenues. The brownstone bedecked South Slope blocks also include the former Ansonia Clock Works factory and the factory workers’ homes.
Red Carpet Real Estate
When’s the last time you read about a high profile woman reportedly coming out of the closet and selling a Park Slope brownstone?
Well, as the poet says, “there’s a first time for everything,” and thanks to J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons, we can now notch the above phenomenon off our list.
Leonard Lopate loves his Cobble Hill home. In a recent interview with the Post the radio host gushed about life in Brooklyn, where he moved in 2009 after spending 25 years in Chinatown. Currently a renter, Mr. Lopate claims that he would love to make his rented apartment a permanent home with his girlfriend Melanie Baker. One problem—the increasingly expensive Brooklyn hood may be out of his price range.
We at The Observer pride ourselves on being able to tag these virtual house tours with a little witticism, which we think pokes fun at the property itself, and thus gives depth to its role in the circus-like New York City real estate scene. That said, we are finding ourselves at a loss for a snarky bon mot while taking in this seemingly flawless Fort Greene listing from Prudential Douglas Elliman.
Then again, we are also fans of having equity, so here goes nothin’…
It was a 70-degree day in mid-March of 2010 when Edwin Perez rode his cherry red Can-Am Spyder from a self-storage locker in Windsor Terrace up to the tree-lined brownstone streets of Park Slope, the place he conducted business, the place he referred to as “the office.” At 2:35, the well-built 32-year-old turned the Spyder, Read More
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SLIDESHOW: Brooklyn Blogger’s Brownstone
They had six months to complete the “soup-to-nuts” renovation—from facade work to furniture placement—but Fitzhugh Karol and Lyndsay Caleo of the Brooklyn Home Read More
Sellers of top-end brownstones, take heart! Brooklyn’s second-quarter housing numbers came out this morning, and we chatted with market wizard Jonathan Miller, CEO and president of Miller Samuel and author of the Prudential Douglas Elliman’s report, to get the full story on brownstones. The news isn’t bad, which these days means it’s good.
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