NY Times Looks at Cobble Hill, Prospect Lefferts Gardens


Over the long weekend the New York Times directed its attention to both Cobble Hill and Prospect Lefferts Gardens. So what’s happening over there? In Cobble Hill, buyers are coming in from Manhattan and reconfiguring multi-families into one-family homes. Roy Sloane, the president of the Cobble Hill Association, praised new owners for moving in and returning renovated townhouses back to the original design. The low inventory is pushing up prices — case in point, 223 Warren Street, priced at $6 million and already in contract, as we wrote last week. (Curbed says the deal has already closed.) Over in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, the Times shares a few historical, architectural and shopping details about the neighborhood. Takeaway quote: “On an ordinary afternoon the streets are nearly empty and close to silent until they abut Flatbush Avenue, once called “Vlacke Bos” — Dutch for wooded plain — and today busy with Indian takeout restaurants, hair salons and ethnic boutiques. It’s an eclectic array that matches the diversity of the area’s residents.”
Land of the Multi-No-Longer Family House [NY Times]
Brownstones and Rastafarian Gear [NY Times]
Prospect Lefferts Gardens by kthread

8 Comment

  • The photograph is of Lefferts Avenue which, along with Sterling Street, is one of the two non-Lefferts Manor streets in the PLG Historic District.

    I was a bit taken aback when I read:

    “say you live in the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Historic District, just east of Prospect Park, and you are saying that you almost certainly live in a single-family house….”

    until I realized that the article was specifically about our Historic District, which is comprised of (one family ) Lefferts Manor plus (not necessarily single-family) two blocks each of Sterling and Lefferts plus the north side of Lincoln II.

    The photograph, in the NYT slide show, of the Rutland II block party looks rather sparsely attended, because the weather was threatening the day it was held. We were lucky to have a beautiful day for the Midwood II blick party the week before:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/25605294@N00/sets/72157631646423131/show/

  • srsqualms

    Do you think they meant WEST Indian takeout restaurants? Are there plural Indian restaurants on Flatbush? Seems like an odd characterization of the neighborhood.

  • In reply to qualmly [the reply function works on my Android tablet, but not my Mac] my first thought was that there was a typo, but the article is just about the PLG Historic District and there are two Indian [actually Bangladeshi] restaurants [King of Tandor and Bay Leaf] on the stretch of Flatbush adjacent to that. They both do take out (although they’re sit down restaurants). Both are quite good–I personally favor K of T.

  • The NY Times article on PLG is under-cutting. I’d love to see a well-written piece on the nabe that nails it. All attempts thus far have failed, particularly when they’re trying to differentiate between the two neighborhoods (Manor vs historic district vs. other PLG). Agree with Brooklynista, great photos.

  • “differentiate between the two neighborhoods (Manor vs historic district vs. other PLG)”

    Not really two neighborhoods; just different parts of PLG, but I know what brickbrownlime means.

  • “differentiate between the two neighborhoods (Manor vs historic district vs. other PLG)”

    Not really two neighborhoods; just different parts of PLG, but I know what brickbrownlime means.