67 Lefferts Avenue is home to an impressive living room fireplace, once hidden behind a couch before its new residents arrived.
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Just one block North of Lefferts Manor is a Townhouse that recast row house living in PLG.
And we’re not kidding.
The area is home to some of the most remarkable townhouse architecture in New York City, most of which can be found in Lefferts Manor.
But the architects of that day applied small variations on the Victorian era theme present in homes throughout the neighborhood.
That is until one decided to rethink what row house living could be in 1925 Brooklyn, free of all the era’s 19th century tradition.
And here is where they remade the row house floor plan inside 1,654 square feet.
Lena and Henry walked from their home at 191 Sullivan Place to watch the last home game played at Ebbets Field.
They loved cheering for their Brooklyn Dodgers, especially when they played the Yankees and New York Giants.
Most summer nights they would sit out on the 2nd floor terrace of their home and listen to the announcer call play-by-play over the stadium’s PA system.
And they knew by the roar of the crowd when their team was at bat or on base.
So you can imagine how they and every Dodger fan felt when they saw where Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges and Jackie Robinson had played get reduced to rubble.
It would be 55 years before Brooklyn would have a major league sports team to cheer for.
Bushwick has been hot for a minute and for good reason.
Few neighborhoods in New York City offer as much as this one.
Great music, good food and iconic street art are just some of the reasons why so many people come here.
But homes like this one featured in this video sneak peak are the reason why they stay.
Gladys would sit on her stoop some mornings just to see how many people would come to Manny’s to eat when it opened.
She hadn’t seen a restaurant near her home in Bed Stuy since 1953.
Back then luncheonettes and bars lined Fulton St and Reid Ave (now Malcolm X Blvd) filled with people from the neighborhood chatting about the day’s news and events.
Watching Manny’s set up shop on Patchen Ave reminded her of how things were when she arrived here from South Carolina.
“Places like this give people a reason to get to know each other … to be neighborly and friendly to one another” she’d remark while sweeping the sidewalk in front of her brownstone on Macon St.
But as times change, so do the people who steward these late 19th century Brownstone row houses.
And this Brownstone is offering an opportunity that only a few would have a chance at … until now.
Think being a single parent is hard today, imagine what Tilly dealt with raising 3 kids alone in Bed Stuy during the 40’s and 50’s.
Back then, gangsters controlled the streets, gypsies peddled stolen goods along Sumner Avenue (now Marcus Garvey Blvd) and feminists were forming the foundation for a new social movement for self empowerment.
It wasn’t a place they wanted to raise James and his 2 siblings, especially after her husband died. Bed Stuy was one of the few neighborhoods in Brooklyn where rent was affordable.
But who would watch the kids while she was at work? What would keep them out of mischief until she got home?
Surprisingly, the apartments inside the brownstones they lived in helped ease her concerns.
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