Nabe Blogger AgeBuster notes that many current brownstone renovators – most notably someone on Willow Street – are going too far when gutting their new homes:
AgeBuster: Endangered Brownstones: Lately, we’ve noticed something distressing. Hedge-fund moneymen (billionaires?) with dollars bulging in their pockets, are buying these brownstones and completely gutting them. They obviously love the Heights as an ideal home base to Wall Street, their business base, right across the river.There has been a case of a money man buying a house, gutting it, rebuilds the insides, finds he doesn’t like it, and moves to another house. Someone has just bought the beautiful Victorian house across the street from us. We watched as the sculpted walls, luxurious staircases, marble fireplaces were thrown like junk into a dumpster outside. Neighbors are upset. Watching the destructon through our windows, we are disconsolate.