Monday, May 07, 2007

Landmark Designation Highlights Gems of Crown Heights

The recent grant of landmark status has placed a spotlight on Crown Heights as one of Brooklyn's most sought-after brownstone communities.

Long a hidden gem (locals recall the days when a Crown Heights residential real estate listing in the The New York Times was a forlorn dream), the landmark designation emphasizes the nabe's unmatched architectural jewels, which collectively showcase a quality and breadth not found in Park Slope, Boreum Hill, Clinton Hill or Fort Greene.

Diversity is also a hallmark of Crown Heights culture, as fast-arriving Manhattan ex-patriates add a new energy to the area's long-established Caribbean, Hasidic and African-American communites.

Strollers will find a wonderful array of architectural styles from the late 1800s and 1900s (including 1227-1235 Dean Street, designed by Albert E. White and 1149-53 Dean Street, designed by Axel Hedman)) to the six-story Art Deco apartment houses bult in the district's last wave of development, in the 1930s.


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