A new edition of Charles Lockwood's seminal 'Bricks and Brownstone: The New York Row House' features new text, photography and design.
A top floor apartment in an old Brooklyn row house got a new farmhouse-style kitchen and snazzy black-and-white bath in a budget-conscious remodel.
Squeezing a powder room into the parlor level of a brownstone or townhouse can be one of the trickiest parts of a renovation, especially if you are trying to preserve original details like crown molding and woodwork.
Do you know the difference between a row house, a townhouse and a brownstone? Here's a handy guide to telling them apart.
Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Row houses
Address: 1173-1179 Bushwick Avenue
Cross Streets: Cornelia Street and Jefferson Avenue
Year Built: 1880
Architectural Style: Transitional Italianate/Neo-Grec
Architect: Thomas F. Houghton
Other works by architect: St. Agnes Catholic Church and school, Carroll Gardens; Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Stuyvesant Heights; St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Park Slope. Also row houses and other buildings in Stuyvesant Heights, Crown Heights North, and elsewhere
The story: At first glance, these transitional Italianate and Neo-Grec homes are just another group of four modest brownstones. But here, as in all of his work, architect Thomas Houghton created beauty in the details.
These four houses were designed by one of the East Coast’s premiere Catholic Church architects, best known for his churches here in Brooklyn, Manhattan and in Massachusetts.
Houghton learned from the best of the best, Patrick Keely, and became part of the family by marrying the boss’s daughter.
Here’s a roundup of the properties we’ve featured on QueensNYC this week. There are two houses – one in Jackson Heights and one in Bayside – and two co-ops – one in Jackson Heights and one in Sunnyside.
35-28 80th St., #42, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 (GMAP) – This 1 bed/1 bath co-op in The Greystone building in Jackson Heights is priced at $236,000. This building is on the fourth floor and the unit is a walk-up. It has a large living room, a renovated eat-in kitchen, lots of windows, and hardwood floors throughout. The building is located in the historic part of Jackson Heights that is full of co-ops. The 82nd Street express stop on the 7 train is a short walk away, about 3 long blocks.
This 4 bed/3 bath house in Jackson Heights is priced at $759,800.
Image source: Brownstoner
Over on Brownstoner – which, yes, is a blog about Brooklyn – is the Astoria Renovation, an official member of their Renovations section. It was started at the beginning July and is updated about once a month. It’s a fascinating look into the inner workings of a renovation, and pulls away the “renovation curtain,” exposing the process.
The house is a brick row house on 29th Street in the Ditmars neighborhood, built in 1937.