Tag Archives: 1850s

Period-Inappropriate Windows

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT underway at my building in Cobble Hill — our former family home, now rented out to another family. I’m replacing three top-floor windows at the rear of the house — two in the master bedroom and one in … Continue reading

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Super-Skinny West Village Townhouse, $4.3million

“My candle burns at both ends It will not last the night; But ah my foes, and oh my friends, It makes a lovely light!” – “First Figs,” Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1920 I’D LONG KNOWN THAT 75-1/2 BEDFORD STREET, … Continue reading

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Prospect Heights Landmark District Shell 499K

IF LOCATION REALLY WERE EVERYTHING in real estate, what’s left of this 1850s frame house on lovely Carlton Avenue would have been snapped up long ago — maybe a couple of years back when when the asking price was 899K, … Continue reading

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Bohemian Splendor in Cobble Hill

ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS ABOUT BLOGGING is making new friends. Lula and I met only a few months ago, when she stumbled upon my blog and contacted me. We soon discovered we are neighbors in two places. She has … Continue reading

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Brownstone Mysteries Explained

THE parlor floor of the 1850s Brooklyn row house where I live is pretty intact, with moldings, mantels, an elaborate plaster arch in mint condition, and a 3-foot-wide rosette in the center of the ceiling, from which dangles a gilded … Continue reading

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