Hold The Presses – 535 Dean Street

The Newswalk building at 535 Dean Street in Prospect Heights stirs emotions in just about everyone.  For some it’s a neighborhood albatross, an industrial remnant of the past.  Yet for others, that same past is a historical tie that binds. Surrounded by a decorative wrought iron fence and manicured gardens, 535 Dean Street, aka,  Newswalk, in Prospect Heights commands the block with its sheer bulk, industrial aesthetic and the Mondrian style ...

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The Landmark at Strong, 58 Strong Place

One could easily walk past the stunning historic church at the corner of DeGraw Street and Strong Street and decide that an afternoon mass was in order.  Just out of curiosity, you would want to see what beauty lies behind the walls of this Gothic Revival structure.  But there would be no entry and certainly no mass to join.  For the church is now a condo. Located amidst the Cobble Hill ...

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An Historical Treasure – 644 Broadway

Lower Broadway can be an exhilarating place.  The rush of pedestrian traffic moves you along, shopping bags in tow, eyes darting from window to window.  But downtown Broadway offers more; maybe it deserves a Sunday morning before the rush.  Sky those eyes upwards and cherish the architecture, much of it hasn’t changed in more than a century. 644 Broadway, otherwise known as Bleecker Tower, at the northeast corner of Broadway and ...

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A Palazzo Reclaimed – 72 Poplar Street

It’s hard to imagine a more picturesque urban neighborhood than Brooklyn Heights. New York’s “first suburb” is well known for its romantic brownstones and narrow leafy streets, but the upscale neighborhood is also home to some stately buildings from the previous century that continue to impress.  One such building is 72 Poplar Street, a brick fortress which was the long-time home of the 84th Police Precinct.   Repurposed as a residential ...

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Beaux-Arts Grandeur in Cobble Hill, The Polhemus Residences

Going for a stroll in Cobble Hill can almost feel like transcending time. Landmarked streets filled with never-ending rows of protected 19th-century townhomes define the neighborhood and give the locals a sense of deep contentment.  Our newest building in our list of “Buildings We Love” is the historic Polhemus building at 100 Amity Street, part of the River Park development on the former site of Long Island College Hospital. While ...

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