American Dream: An Interesting Neighborhood to Live in Not Far from Manhattan
By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft
One last look at Bedford-Stuyvesant, and then I'll bring you to my new Brooklyn neighborhood, Sunset Park.
Believe me, you want one of these brownstones. They will shoot up in value soon, as gentrification spreads out in concentric circles from Manhattan through Brooklyn. As I've said before, it's not all good: many good people will be displaced as rents go up.
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These have been here for generations. People have gotten up in the morning behind these windows, prepared themselves, and gone to work for, say, 100 years now?
Another attractive row.
A terrific mural...
And a close-up of its view of Shirley Chisholm, the first black American woman to be elected to Congress (it took us until 1969).
Some of the lovely doorways to these brownstones.
I love the stoops. They'll be full of neighbors chatting on hot summer nights. How about you? Are you a stoop sort of neighbor? What do you think of the great doorways? Comment below!