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…)
Today’s condo is a three-plus bedroom unit with 2,400 square feet and a loft-like, high-ceilinged living space that’s large and attractive. It’s in the Westcott, a former cheese factory at 25 Bergen Street in Cobble Hill. (more…)
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…)
Cities are profoundly shaped by their transportation.
As Uber fought against a City Council bill that would have limited its number of new drivers, it touted the benefits of its service to those in the outer boroughs where yellow cabs and transit lines don’t always reach. But that hasn’t exactly played out. (more…)
It’s like the NFL draft for architecture lovers: Open House New York just released the listings for its annual weekend of events, lectures and behind-the-scenes tours at the city’s remarkable landmarks. (more…)