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architectural details

I have hundreds of close-ups of small details maybe another prompt will let me use some of those. But what I most enjoy snapping day-to-day are pics of a wider perspective of the architectural details around where I am walking. (Brooklyn was its own city back before the American Revolution--settled first by the Dutch in early 1600's, taken by the British in 1694, and finally exploded as an overflow of Manhattan after the Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1880, annexed by New York City in 1898. The neat thing about its independent development is much more so than other NYC boroughs it has its own infrastructure--parks, museums, libraries, universities, etc.)

But it has maintained distinct and identifiable residential styles from one neighborhood to another--urban but with a warm and human feeling to it. (Huge swaths of the areas I have lived in within Brooklyn are protected under law as historic districts--they cannot be destroyed to make parking lots or skyscrapers, alterations within and without are controlled also.)

The areas below are part of my regular stomping grounds.

Sunset Park Brooklyn (where I lived for four years)

Park Slope Brooklyn (where I lived for at least 10 years).


When I was in NYC in 1989, Mum , Dad & I went to Prospect Park in Brooklyn (we were/are Danny Kaye fans). I remember thinking that despite what you hear it seemed a nice district.

Thanks for sharing these lovely images. I do hope they are being maintained as individually owned properties.
I don't know what people said about Prospect Park in the 1980s, but the Prospect Park area is more than a nice area now. We were priced out of Park Slope several years ago. A 2-3 bedroom condo there might sell for between $1.5-3 million now. And my old apartment which I once rented for $1,000 now rents for $5,000 a month. One can still find places in Sunset Park (over-priced for what one gets) that are marginally manageable for a two-income family. Everything in Brooklyn is pricey now and being gentrified at a gallop. I don't know the answer. But it is still pretty.
Thank you for the history - it is really interesting. I really like those red sandstone buildings.
They are my favorites also! Thanks!
Great pics! My mom (age 86) was born in Brooklyn, and I know she'll enjoy seeing these.
Oh! If she remembers any of those neighborhoods, they will definitely look familiar to her.

; )

you can feel the families
nice place

Re: ; )

Are those buildings 'brown stones'? I have heard the term, but never been certain what it means.
They look like nice streets to live in.
Those are definitely one's classic Brooklyn brownstones.

I know one when I see one (or a row of them!). But I wasb't exactly sure of what term meant. I looked it up and found this: "Brownstone is a brown Triassic-Jurassic sandstone which was once a popular building material. The term is also used in the United States to refer to a townhouse clad in this material."

If I had the money, that would be my dream home. I would buy one in a nano-second if I became the next J.K. Rowling. Meanwhile, they are all around me, but the houses on the street where I live now are not Brownstones, and built a bit later. I do really love Brooklyn. But I tend to fall in love with places I live.

Edited at 2018-06-26 10:31 am (UTC)
This is very interesting to see, and fascinating to read. I don' know much abot urban and historic development of New York and the surrounding areas, so this was most intersting! Thank you.