Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: The Bordello Queen of Troy and a Swindler’s Manse


    Four Lookers in Move-in Condition to See This Weekend, Starting at $1.85 Million

    We’ve got a bunch of lookers for you on the open house front this weekend. No eyesores, no bring-your-architect specials, no sagging investment properties. Three have been completely renovated in recent years, and pair modern updates with period details; the fourth needs a bit of work, but is in good shape, with some interesting features. They’re found in Park Slope, Clinton Hill, Williamsburg and Bed Stuy.


    Prospect Park South Edwardian With Wrap-Around Porch, Working Fireplace Asks $3 Million

    Here’s a grand 1907 Colonial in move-in condition that offers all you want in a Prospect Park South manse, including acres of space, original details, tasteful updates, a sweet wraparound porch and a century-old cherry tree. It’s at 85 Argyle Road, between Church and Albemarle, in the Prospect Park South Historic District.


    Williamsburg Condo With Three Bedrooms, Private Roof Deck Asks $3.75 Million

    This three-bedroom Williamsburg condo offers loft-like proportions, high-end appointments and several outdoor spaces in a prime North Williamsburg location. It’s in the Mill, a converted early 20th century printing warehouse with 63 units, at 85 North 3rd Street between Berry and Wythe.


    Former Home of a Swindler, Park Slope Manse Designed by William Tubby Asks $4.3 Million

    Here’s a single-family Queen Anne residence next to Prospect Park that offers grand proportions, original details and an interesting pedigree. At 864 Carroll Street in the Park Slope Historic District, the house dates back to 1887, when it was designed by architect William Tubby, as part of a row of five houses whose facades were designed to look like a single Elizabethan mansion.


    1930s newspaper advertisement. Source: Duncan Crary Communications

    Alleged photo of Mame Faye. Photo via Duncan Crary Communications.

    Walkabout: The Queen of the Oldest Profession in Troy

    Yesterday was May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, for millions, and also the anniversary of the death of one of Troy’s most colorful and interesting people. Her name was Mary Alice Fahey, but everyone in Troy knows her as “Mame Faye.” She ran Troy’s most famous house of ill repute for over forty years, and was famous throughout the Capital Region. Her bordello was in the heart of the city’s Red Light District, called “The Line,” right across the street from the railroad station.

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