From Karl Junkersfeld comes a new video “Modernity and Columbia Heights”. Here’s his intro:
Brooklyn Heights is a special locality. There is nothing like it anywhere in greater NYC. Two elements that can’t be matched are the tremendous views and the historic buildings that are prevalent throughout the Heights. One street that has more than its share of historic structures is Columbia Heights. For the purposes of this video, I will include Pierrepont Place as part of Columbia Heights considering that it was part of what was called Columbia Street before Pierrepont decided that he wanted a dedicated location named after his family.
Many of the buildings that were present then are still there today with a few exceptions such as the Cornell House and One Pierrepont Place. Fortunately, we had the Brooklyn Heights Association, with special mention to Otis Pearsall, to save the day by convincing Mayor Wagner to institute landmark status to the Brooklyn Heights district. Many districts were soon to follow.
After the Brooklyn Bridge was constructed, the ease of accessing Brooklyn Heights created a virtual stampede. Taller residential buildings were soon erected on Montague Street and Hotels like St George and Hotel Margaret attracted many visitors and residents alike.
Part One hopes to provide a glimpse into the past and Part Two a look at the present with particular attention to a new condo development at 183 Columbia Heights that recently came to market.