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A Walk Up Fourth Avenue

07/31/2016

A few weeks ago my wife and I took an evening walk from my office up Fourth Avenue to Tanoreen, a great Middle Eastern restaurant in Bay Ridge. Brooklyn's massive expansion occurred in the second half of the 19th century and Brooklyn consequently has a collection of thriving 19th century architecture. But Brooklyn's status as one of the largest cities in the US - Brooklyn is more populous than Houston - means that the main streets go on for miles and miles.

Here are a few of the more interesting buildings we saw:

A few blocks from the shop. I just love the name carved in stone above the door to this small apartment house.
A few blocks from the shop. I just love the name carved in stone above the door to this small apartment house.

The big (late 19th century?) lintels about the windows are most distinctive.
The big (late 19th century?) lintels about the windows are most distinctive.

The decorative brickwork on this former convent is wonderful.
The decorative brickwork on this former convent is wonderful.

A fancy stone sign on a garage.
A fancy stone sign on a garage.

A church in a former movie palace.
A church in a former movie palace.

Brooklyn isn't known as the city of churches for nothing. We must have passed more a dozen.
Brooklyn isn't known as the city of churches for nothing. We must have passed more a dozen.

This school is very cool. 1892? I think
This school is very cool. 1892? I think

A neo-Tudor apartment complex. Tally-ho!
A neo-Tudor apartment complex. Tally-ho!

Wonderfully nice row houses - so many people in Brooklyn live in set-ups like this.
Wonderfully nice row houses - so many people in Brooklyn live in set-ups like this.

More interesting row houses.
More interesting row houses.

I am pretty sure the building was built as a 1920's bank - might have been a movie house.
I am pretty sure the building was built as a 1920's bank - might have been a movie house.

In the distance the giant Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which you might remember from Saturday Night Fever, looms over the horizon.
In the distance the giant Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which you might remember from Saturday Night Fever, looms over the horizon.

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