04/18/2004:

Brooklyn Heights

brooklyn heights

brooklyn heights

brooklyn heights

brooklyn heights

brooklyn heights

brooklyn heights

brooklyn heights

Up at the north end of Brooklyn Heights, there are a bunch of streets named after fruit: Orange, Pineapple, and Cranberry. In Ghosts (the second novella in the New York Trilogy), Paul Auster talks about these streets, but he makes them out to be named after colors, which they are not. I also like the intersection of Love Lane and College Place, two carriage alleys in the very center of the neighborhood. Today the old carriage houses probably sell for a cool million or more, but a century ago, these cobblestone streets were strictly servants-only.

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There was a small carriage house listed last month. 600 sq ft living space, garden, off street parking, $995K. They got 4 offers the first day, 3 over $1.1M

i would love to get a sense of the layout of these places- i wonder if there are any floorplans on corcoran or something. i'm assuming that everyone uses the first floor as a living space- so it would be interesting to know if the carriage doors still open, or if they are only decorative these days. b/c it would be cool if you needed to move in a piano or something.

I lived in Brooklyn Heights my first year in NY. Awesome location, hella expensive. I've lived in a carriage house before (not in NY), the front door was in the middle, there was a living area to the left when you walk in, the kitchen to the right and a spiral staircase going up to two bedrooms over the kitchen and living area.

I would love to live in Brooklyn Heights, but of course it seems to only be for trust fund babies or wealthy people who work way too much to really be enjoying life. If anyone has any tips on how to get into this area, I'd appreciate it.

kate - i live on middagh at the nothern end of the heights, and there are a few bldgs around here u can get a small studio for around 1K. Thats what I have. It might be worth walking around and look for signs - or checking craigslist.org. The area is amazing. jake, your pics are awesome - keep me coming back to your site. keep it up.

I live on this street. I am not a trust fund baby, nor do I work round the clock. I do enjoy living on the block, but I would enjoy living anywhere so long as my family is with me. The people on this block are some of the friendliest you could find. Even the parking garage workers are good guys. Living on blocks such as College Place and Grace Court Ally and Hunt's Lane gives one the feeling of small town suburbia where the other homeowners watch their neighbors children grow up, get invited over for coffee, borrow tools and the like. It's not cheap, especially to own, some of the houses do rent out apartments, but if one could swing it, i would recommend it.

I live on this street. I am not a trust fund baby, nor do I work round the clock. I do enjoy living on the block, but I would enjoy living anywhere so long as my family is with me. The people on this block are some of the friendliest you could find. Even the parking garage workers are good guys. Living on blocks such as College Place and Grace Court Ally and Hunt's Lane gives one the feeling of small town suburbia where the other homeowners watch their neighbors children grow up, get invited over for coffee, borrow tools and the like. It's not cheap, especially to own, some of the houses do rent out apartments, but if one could swing it, i would recommend it.

I lived on Remsen in a studio with my girlfriend back in 1986. We just went back for a visit to the old 'hood , now married for 16 yrs with our son (14yrs old).
We stopped by the old place and the new owner actually invited us in!
We never forgot how nice it was living in the heights. Beautiful streets...the promenade..restaurants....my son is now convinced..he has to live in the city!

I saw a carriage house on Hunt's Lane that still looks abandoned. It has a blue door and wood shutters with half moons cut out
does anyone know who owns it or if it's for sale? I'd love to move back! Thanks

Nice pictures!
I enjoyed them, thanks.

I know of a carriage house, centrally located in Brooklyn Heights, that will be going up for sale in a month. Jo says that in April that a carriage house went up for sale for 995K. What street ?

A dissenting voice against Heights-worship. Yes, it contains some of the loveliest architecture in New York and more verdure than most, but its very priceyness militates against character and warmth: It is indeed the bastion of the privileged and their acolytes, with all the sterility of Scarsdale. Believe me,I know, having lived here and treasured its peacefully quaint nature for the past thirty years!

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