Speechless Sunday: Brownstones

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Brownstone Townhouses


New Yorkers lived in Townhouses during the 19th century.

19th Century Single Family Townhouses were made of Brownstone and Limestone.

The luxury apartment building was actually invented in New York in the late 19th century. In 1890 The Dakota was the first luxury apartment building in Manhattan. By 1930, 90% percent of Manhattanites lived in apartments.


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Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker
http://www.CapeGroup.com & http://www.REindex.com - Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties Falmouth MA

New York is a place that you have to participate in to enjoy.

Oct 18, 2009 02:07 AM #2
Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate


To anyone who has ever lived in or visited NYC, this street view is a very familiar (and comforting) scene.

Oct 18, 2009 02:36 AM #3
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Hi Mitchell - I love these old brownstones! Beautiful and often artisic. The Dakota you mention is where John Lennon was living when he was shot - I did not know it was the first of it's kind.


Oct 18, 2009 04:06 AM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Mitchell - the brownstones of New York are among the most beautiful. Of course there are those in Boston's Back Bay which are not too shabby. A stroll or drive down these types of tree-lined streets is a treat. I could live there!



Oct 18, 2009 04:29 AM #5
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Mitchell..I was half expecting to see Carrie and her friends from Sex and the City come walking down the stairs..Great Photo's of NYC ..Thanks for the smiles..


Oct 18, 2009 05:43 AM #6
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

Hey, Mitchell. Great photo and great tidbit of information. Thanks, Jim

Oct 18, 2009 06:43 AM #7
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Mitch, this reminds me a bit of my old block on East 83rd off Madison.  We caledl it the Park East Poverty Pocket - it was the upper east sides most run down brownstone!

Oct 18, 2009 07:09 AM #8
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Mitchell... When I lived in NYC, I loved just wondering about the stories behind different brownstones.  They just always seemed to have a tale to tell from their past. 

Oct 18, 2009 10:00 AM #9
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

I grew up in New York City and like Brian said, "this street view is very familiar". Thanks for the bit of history to go with the scene.

Oct 18, 2009 10:07 AM #10
Mitchell J Hall
Compass - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Barbara, Thank you. I love NY too

Heath, Thanks for stopping by. I need to participate more.

Brian, Thanks. It is familiar and comforting to me because I walk by it almost everyday.

Debi, Thanks. I love the old world charm of Brownstones.

Jeff, There are many historic districts in various NY neighborhoods. The building facades' original details must be preserved.

Hannah, Carrie's brownstone in the show is supposed to be on the Upper East Side but it is actually on Perry street in Greenwich Village.

Jim, Thanks. I appreciate your comment.

Pat, LOL.  Diversity! 83rd off Madison is a pretty nice neighborhood. You're either between 5th Avenue or Park Avenue. Not bad!

Steve, Many stories. My first apartment was in a brownstone that was originally the Gimbel's family (from the department store) townhouse.

Lora, Thank you. I'm glad this street view is familiar to you. It's West 78th Street on the Upper West Side.

Oct 18, 2009 12:02 PM #11
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Mitchell, I love the old Brownstones, they are SO unique.  I didn't know the Dakota was the first, either...and I thought they shot SATC in the Upper East Side but gave a fictitious address....I had no idea it was in the Village.

Oct 18, 2009 12:37 PM #12
Mitchell J Hall
Compass - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Hi Carole, There is a Sex and the City tour. I hear it's fabulous! It stops at all the hot spots from the show.




Oct 19, 2009 03:49 AM #13
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