|Along St. Mark's Avenue, near the intersection with Flatbush Avenue.|
|For example - on the left, Richard Meier On Prospect Park.|
1 Grand Army Plaza. Completed 2008. On the right, Brooklyn Public Library. 1941.
|From The building materials of Pennsylvania:|
I.--Brownstones by Thomas Cramer Hopkins of Pennsylvania State College (Busch, State Printer, 1896).
Several neighborhoods in Manhattan sport brownstones, with great ones on the Upper West Side, but Brooklyn has the bounty. Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Cobble Hill, Fort Greene, and Prospect Heights feature block after block of residential brownstones, many renovated in the borough's housing boom of the past couple of decades.
|A meandering path on the northwest side of Prospect Park.|
|Garfield Place, Park Slope|
Yes, the era was characteristically autumnal in color, as urban critic Lewis Mumford observed in The Brown Decades: A Study of the Arts in America 1865-1895 (originally published in 1931 by Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York; Dover edition, 1971):
"Brownstone began to be used in New York on public buildings in the early fifties, and just on the eve of the war it was first used as a facing for brick houses. With this alteration came dark walnut furniture, instead of rosewood and mahogany, sombre wall papers and interiors whose dark tones swallowed up the light introduced slightly later by the fashionable bay window. By 1880 brown was the predominant note." P. 4What better way to enter the fall season than to walk in the autumn of New York architecture?
The walk: This walk starts on Lafayette in Fort Greene, proceeds south through Prospect Heights to Prospect Park, takes a westward swing down along Garfield Place in Park Slope, ventures through Gowanus, winds up in Carroll Gardens and then swings up Smith Street in Boerum Hill. The stroll from the park to Smith Street takes a few curves, but it's all pleasantly downhill. Before arriving at Smith Street, you should have seen plenty of brownstones along the way, some applied to commercial buildings.
|Continuing on Garfield Place, Park Slope|
|Garfield Place at 7th Avenue.|
|Carroll Street and Fifth Avenue. Park Slope.|
|View of Gowanus Canal, Gowanus. This part of the walk gets interesting.|
|Intersection of Smith Street and Carroll Street, Carroll Gardens.|
The gentle slope down Garfield Place makes a nice virtual walk.
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|An ad for brownstone cutters and stone yards from Important events of the century: containing historical and important events ... By United States Central Publishing Company, New York, 1876.|