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  • rcltrh

    Seriously, Ainslie Street is about as far from Bushwick as Chelsea is from The Battery.

    • not quite, its about a mile, versus at least a couple for your example. i wonder if they got flummoxed by the fact that bushwick ave is nearby, or its just “up there somewhere” mentality. Personally, i think it would behoove Brownstoner to do a Williamsburg RE blog, you would get a more national / international visitor and (presumably) higher ad rates. But alas, they don’t seem to know even where it is.

      • rcltrh

        It seems on Brownstoner if it’s not on Bedford and North 7th then it’s Bushwick. This is always the case for Williamsburg houses of the day. Even some in Greenpoint in the past were labeled as Bushwick. It’s either on purpose or they have a narrow scope of where Williamsburg really encompasses. Nothing wrong with Bushwick, I actually love some of the houses there, but quit calling everything in North Brooklyn Bushwick. Ainslie is Williamsburg, no question and not anywhere remotely close to Bushwick. Perhaps the Bushwick Ave does throw them off, but we also have a Manhattan Ave just down the street and I don’t see them trying to put the houses here on that island.

        • I really thought Ainslie was East Williamsburg.

          • rcltrh

            It’s east of Union so technically yes, East Williamsburg. But North, South, East, West, it’s all 11211 and within the boundaries of even really old Williamsburg Maps. What it isn’t is Bushwick, the neighborhood. Back in 1661 the whole area down from the East River to Newtown Creek, including West Williamsburg was called Bushwick, but that was the town not the neighborhood.

    • There must be a massive wooden cornice hiding under that huge amount of vinyl siding

  • Does anybody want to talk about the actually properties? No?

    • okay. sackett street looks perfect for you. go for it.

      • rcltrh

        Ainslie street house would look SO MUCH BETTER without the awful siding and with a cornice exposed. All of Williamsburg would. However, I can see the reasoning. Probably 80% of Williamsburg is made of wood, even the businesses. Every structure you see with siding has wood clapboard (with lots of cool details) underneath, which I’m sure was beautiful around 1910. By the 50′s and 60′s I’m sure the peeling paint and rotting wood was a pain in the a** to take care of, especially for businesses and old 1 and 2 families that had become rentals, so I can see why they chose the easy way to go maintenance free. Still doesn’t help the appearance of the neighborhood, but even now I can’t imagine all these landlords wanting to restore the cool wooden buildings just to make the neighborhood pretty. I’d love to go back in time. I’m hoping our street will continue the trend of restoring backwards at least in appearance. There is good siding now that really looks like wood and can be working around replacement cornices, double doors, etc.