Brooklyn News: Downtown Brooklyn Landmarks Sold

Landmarked Duffield Street Houses Unexpectedly Sold as DoBro Development Site for $10 Million

The landmarked quartet of early 19th century houses in Downtown Brooklyn known as the Duffield Street houses recently sold for $10 million, an Instagram story posted by the listing broker revealed. The marketing and sale of the property as a development site was unexpected because the houses were landmarks.

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Brooklyn Heights Wood Frame Charmer With Wood Burning Fireplaces, Central Air Asks $9.95 Million

One of the picturesque wood frames of Brooklyn Heights is on the market for the first time in decades, and in addition to its exterior charm, it has a location on one of the area’s fruit streets and counts Plymouth Church as a neighbor. Within the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, 69 Orange Street also has some interior details such as mantels, wood floors and a newel post that reflect several different eras in the over 190 year history of the dwelling.


Prewar Clinton Hill Fixer-Upper With Wood Floors, Picture Rails Asks $400K

The right buyer will need to have the vision and energy for a complete renovation and have an income that fits the requirements for this Clinton Hill walk-up apartment. It is on the third floor of 116 Cambridge Place, an early 20th century flats building that is now an income-restricted HDFC (Housing Development Fund Corporation) co-operative, one of the many properties taken by the city in the 1970s and 1980s and sold to tenants.

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Photo by Adam Kane Macchia

The Insider: Full-on Cobble Hill Townhouse Gut Transforms Unfinished Into Impeccable

When Michael Ingui, Amy Failla and Joey Chemello of the illustrious architectural firm Baxt Ingui first laid eyes on what would become their new project, the four-story brick row house was, quite simply, “a mess,” Ingui said. Their clients, a couple with two, then three, small children, had recently purchased it in a state of unfinished renovation. “A lot of detail had been removed,” Ingui recalled, “and the second floor was completely gutted down to the joists, with no floor and no sheet rock.”

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A faux paint treatment and flowers highlight a stair niche in an 1830s Greek Revival at the 2022 Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse. Photo by Susan De Vries.

The Mythology of the Coffin Corner

It is perhaps understandable that the term coffin corner has persisted as a bit of old house lore. “Stair niche” doesn’t quite have the same zing. A recess found at the turn of a tight staircase in the houses of the mid 19th century, the decorative detail has a much less somber use than its nickname implies.

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