Photo of Whitman via Wikimedia; Photo of 99 Ryerson Street via NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
A coalition of preservationists, LGBT groups and literary experts is asking the Landmarks Preservation Commission to reassess their decision last year to not landmark Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn home, the last residence of the 19th-century poet remaining in New York. Located at 99 Ryerson Street in Clinton Hill, the home was where Whitman and his family lived between May 1, 1855 and May 1, 1856.
While living at the home, Whitman wrote “Leaves of Grass,” a collection of poems considered to be one of the most significant American works ever. The home is also one of the earliest extant buildings in NYC associated with a member of the LGBT community.
Built 1892 by prestigious Brooklyn architect John G. Glover, the Romanesque Revival townhouse at 231 Washington Avenue in the heart of Clinton Hill anchors the corner of its block with a presence that matches the best of the historic neighborhood. With a three-sided projecting bay masked by an imposing arcade around arched windows on the parlor level, this one-time mansion of stone and Roman brick is accessed by a two-part stoop. The well-maintained 4,300-square-foot, three-family corner house is over 22 feet wide and filled with original details.
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Wooden houses are certainly dispersed throughout Brooklyn, but it’s a rare opportunity when one hits the market. A few months ago, we uncovered a listing for Crown Heights’ oldest home, a circa-1850s wood frame. Now, a pair of rare clapboard homes have hit the market in Clinton Hill and they’re even older. Numbers 448 and 450 Waverly Avenue are thought to have been built in the 1840s or even earlier, according to the neighborhood’s designation report. “The unusual pair of extremely wide (25 feet) clapboard houses” are the only example of pure Greek Revival buildings in the district, and they can be yours, individually or together for $4.4 million.
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Adrian Grenier image via Wikimedia Commons
In 2015, 6sqft reported that “Entourage” star, filmmaker and local green renovator had just purchased an impressive five story home in the heart of the Clinton Hill historic district. Nosy neighbors and friendly observers have noted steady progress in the massive renovation effort that has followed at 112 Gates Avenue. Now the New York Post tells us that the home, which the actor adorably bought for his Brown Harris Stevens broker mom, will not only retain its Landmarks-mandated charm but will be positively flush with modern conveniences–starting with $10,200 Toto Neorest 750H high tech toilets courtesy of a sponsorship by the Japanese manufacturer.
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Rendering via Aufgang Architects
A newly constructed Clinton Hill building is now accepting applications for 35 middle-income units. Located at 325 Lafayette Avenue, the building sits around the corner from the Pratt Institute, Classon Playground and a plethora of restaurants and bars. The eight-story rental, designed by Aufgang Architects, features a brick facade with metal panels. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the area median income can apply for units ranging from a $2,030/month studio to a $2,581/month two-bedroom.
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Rendering via HTO Architect
Located within walking distance to the Barclays Center and Prospect Park, a newly constructed building at 555 Waverly Avenue in Clinton Hill has 38 affordable apartments up for grabs. The eight-story building, situated between bustling Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue, features amenities like on-site parking, a landscaped roof deck, indoor lounges and a 1,500-square-foot fitness center. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 60 percent of the area median income can apply for the units ranging from $735/month studios to $888/month two-bedroom apartments.
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Brooklynites know and love Janna Kennedy Hyten, the Halloween Queen of Clinton Hill. For over 20 years, she hosted a spooky bash known as Halloween 313 right outside her historic townhouse. Sadly, the performance has come to an end and Kennedy Hyten has gone ahead and listed her home –a duplex on the lower floors–for sale. The gorgeous spread, with tons of historic details intact, is asking $2.65 million.
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This Clinton Hill loft has both a Manhattan feel–huge swaths of exposed brick paired with a boho-industrial aesthetic–and address–95 Lexington Avenue. The one-bedroom unit is far from its Kips Bay counterpart in both geography and price, however, asking $1.1 million for approximately 1,011 square feet and a short walk to the G, A, and C trains.
Historic Brooklyn townhouses are at a premium, and they’re a lot of work to maintain. Opportunities like this gorgeous duplex on one of the prettiest avenues in the Clinton Hill Historic District give you a chance to live in high-ceilinged grandeur, fabulous backyard oasis and all, without the mortgage or the commitment. It will, however, cost you $5,500 a month for this 1,700-square-foot rental at 227 Washington Avenue.
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This top-floor two-bedroom condominium at 4 Downing Street in Clinton Hill, we’re told, is “an iconic turn of the century building recently completely reimagined and overhauled as a boutique condominium.” Said overhaul was undertaken in 2015 by Barrett Design and Development on what was previously the indeed-iconic Broken Angel House, once among Brooklyn’s most unique landmarks. Artist Arthur Wood purchased the original tenement building in 1979 for $2,000 and subsequently transformed it into a whimsical, livable sculpture, complete with stained glass windows made from bottles and glass, a cathedral-like glass addition, and brick wings. It was also the backdrop for the documentary “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.” The two-bedroom unit is on the market for $1.55 million; it was purchased as new construction two years ago for $1.42 million.
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