Morrone to Document Every Brooklyn Heights Building



As previously reported in our coverage of the Brooklyn Heights Association's annual meeting, noted historian Francis Morrone will be collecting historical information on every building in the neighborhood.  The Brooklyn Paper reports on the project this week:

Brooklyn Paper: Historian…: “Brooklyn Heights is an encyclopedia of American urban architecture of the 19th century,” said Morrone, who has led walking tours through the neighborhood for 20 years and turns rhapsodic when discussing the district (though he is, gasp, a Park Slope resident).

“Few other neighborhoods anywhere in the world — let’s not mince words — are really as special or as beautiful,” said Morrone.

Morrone, who will rely for his research on old city records and lots of shoe-leather, is undertaking this mega-project because Brooklyn Heights, New York City’s first historic district, is also one of its worst documented.

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  • Andrew Porter

    Yeah, he’s standing at the entrance to that restaurant under the Brooklyn Bridge that would be out of business except for tourists and people getting married.

    I keep trying to tell my landlord my building was built in 1883, not 1919, showing 1886 landmaps and 1901 photos as evidence, but then of course I suspect they believe the ballyhoo about this Internet thing is likely really overdone. Who would believe evidence gleaned online from the NY Public Library? Me, paranoid? Nah…

  • Teddy

    A few years ago a neighbor on my block who owned her house before she sold it & moved away, told us that our building was built around the same time as her brick stone building in the 1830s. Our landlord tells us that it was built in 1897.