10/06/15 4:30pm

Monroe Street Clinton Hill Bed Stuy

Narcotic Poisoning Suspected After Multiple Dogs in Prospect Park Become Sick [DPC]
“Slow Zone,” With Signs and Speed Bumps, Coming to Brooklyn Heights [BHB]
Townhouses Grow in East New York, 402-424 Shepherd Avenue [NYY]
Meet the Lawyer Who Defends Brooklyn’s Underground Arts Scene [Vice]
Sausage Dogs, Schnauzers Celebrate Dog-toberfest [BK Paper]

[Monroe Street in Clinton Hill | Photo: Brownstoner reader Elizabeth Coughlin]

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Crown Heights Brooklyn -- 1183 Bergen St History

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

The pink house on Bergen Street was still standing when I moved to Crown Heights North in 2000. Only two blocks from my house, I saw it often. It was in rough shape then, but hadn’t been boarded up yet.

According to a 1976 survey of Crown Heights North by the LPC, this house, at 1183 Bergen Street, between New York and Brooklyn avenues, was the second oldest house in the neighborhood.

It was built, they figured, somewhere between 1860 and 1865.

The oldest house in Crown Heights North is the George and Susan Elkins House, at 1375 Dean Street, a couple of blocks away. The Elkins house is only 10 years older, built around 1853.

Both houses were the last remnants of this neighborhood’s suburban past, the two oldest surviving houses in Crown Heights North.

The Bedford branch of the Lefferts family owned most of the land making up Crown Heights North. They stopped farming and began selling it off in the late 1840s and ’50s. The street grid had been marked out in the 1830s, and this land was advertised as a great place for a suburban villa community. (more…)

10/06/15 11:31am

Sponsored By BRIC.

BRIC is a nonprofit arts and media cultural organization that presents free and low-cost programming to the community.

Created By BlankSlate

BRIC TV is rolling out three new shows this week. If you’re interested in the borough’s shifting cultural landscape, make sure to tune in to On the Grid with Zephyr Teachout—a new series exploring the real maps of a rapidly changing Brooklyn.

Hosted by Zephyr Teachout, a 2014 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, the show uses data from CUNY’s Center for Urban Research to redraw traditional neighborhood boundaries. (more…)

10/06/15 8:30am

Clinton Hill church on Washington Ave

Crown Heights Residents Beat Eviction, But Worry About the Consequences [Crain’s]
New York Landmark Panel Acts to Clear Backlog [WSJ]
Residents: Kensington Building Super’s Body Cam Is an Invasion of Privacy [CBS]
Why Are French Guys Dressing Like They’re From Brooklyn? [Vogue]
Permits Filed: 88 Linden Boulevard in Flatbush [NYY]
City Backtracks on Vow to Open a New Middle School in Dumbo, Parents Say [DNA]

[Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill | Photo: Cate Corcoran]