The brownstone at 272 Berkeley Place, renovated by the late Evelyn and Everett Ortner, champions of Park Slope and the couple who set off the neighborhood’s and the borough’s revival, is now up for sale, as reported by Brownstoner earlier today. It is, in many respects, the brownstone that is responsible for Brooklyn as we know it, a borough of lifestyle gurus and movie stars, of precious parenting and farm-to-table restaurants and “laid-back” types who wear $300 clogs and sip $9 juices.
The Ortners moved into the brownstone in 1963—when most other middle-class residents were fleeing the city—and not only restored it, but proselytized about the the experience, extolling the joy and beauty of brownstone living. Mr. Ortner died in May of this year and Ms. Ortner predeceased him; they left no immediate relatives. Read More