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Published: February 12th 2021
11th February - Brooklyn Heights
Our tour started overlooking the Former City Hall, I joined a little late so not sure if I missed any info about it, we then moved to Montague Street
Brownstone townhouses are among the oldest styles of homes in the United States.
The name is from a form of sandstone mined in the American northeast, which turns brown once it’s been weathered due to iron ore. Brownstone was plentiful and inexpensive during the 19th century, when New York City grew rapidly. By the 1840s, it was a popular choice for townhouse facades.
Jack Roosevelt Robinson was an American professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947
The former headquarters of the Brooklyn Trust Company, chartered in 1866 is a beautiful historic bank building & we were able to,pop our heads in the doors to view the magnificent interior. Built between 1913 and 1916 it was modeled after the Palace of the Gran
Guardia in Verona.
The 8 story Franklin Trust building has now been being converted to condominiums. I’m wondering how many $$ they went for !
There were a few churches along the way, one was built in 1847.
The Brooklyn Historical Society. The written history of the Heights and of Brooklyn remains in that another beautiful building.
As we gazed up we could see a frieze for busts of literary, intellectual and artistic geniuses. I recognised a few Beethoven, Shakespeare, Galileo & Christopher Columbus.
Located on Pineapple Street we saw a house that stands apart from its brick and brownstone neighbors, a wood-frame, Federal-style, a reminder of an earlier time in the neighborhood.
We were getting near the end of the tour but Aaron wanted to show us a special stone in a small garden, unfortunately it was covered in snow !
The stone marks the location of the Four Chimneys, a house that was George Washington’s headquarters during the Battle of Brooklyn 240 years ago.
The next sight was quite wonderful as we reached Brooklyn Heights Promenade, across the
river way in the distance was The Statue of Liberty and to the right the Manhattan Skyline.
A lady was sitting in a bench with the view in front of her & I thought how lovely it would have been if I could have sat beside her & said hello.
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