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55 Pierrepont Street, “Brooklyn Women’s Exchange”

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The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange is the oldest continuously operated exchange in our nation, dating all the way back to 1854. It operates as a retail store where artists and craftspeople have the opportunity to sell their one-of-a-kind items. As one of the most unique stores that I have been to, I can only say that it carries with it the essence of a long gone era that still permeates throughout. You’ll just have to visit and see for yourself. Here’s a video link.

There are adorable baby clothes and toys, craft items, books and special gifts. On the first sunday of each month, there’s always an inspiring craft project for children 3 and up. Another foregone era treasure is when the Artist Deborah O’Connor, who specializes in Silhouette Portraits, is in town. This year she will be visiting on April 19th, 20th, and 21st. Always best to make an appointment.  I was able to take my son to one of these sittings last year where they even had a camera crew filming. It’s a dying art and therefore quit a special experience.

The best part about the Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, is that you’re only 2 blocks away from a stroll on the Promenade. Before you go traipsing down that magical path, with Louis Stettner views, don’t forget to stop into “Connecticut Muffin”  (115 Montague St.) for a tasty treat.


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Written by agnesbstanton

April 4, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Posted in Boutique, Brooklyn

70 Willow St. (Brooklyn)

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Karen Heyman of Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing on this tranquil Brooklyn home for $18 million. The highest price ever paid for a single residence in Brooklyn was $12 million, so this home can in fact set a new record when it is sold. The townhouse is roughly 9,000sf with 11 bedrooms and 8 baths. It is the home where Truman Copote lived during the 1950’s/60’s. Copote never owned the house, but rather rented out the garden apartment. Having access to such a fantastic backyard with a Charleston porch and loads of greenery could sure inspire a writer-in-residence. In fact Capote penned many of his books while living in this Brooklyn Heights enclave. One such book “A House on the Heights” is little known, but clearly draws its inspiration from the neighborhood that Capote was so overjoyed to live in. He always said that he lived in Brooklyn “by choice”.

I decided to spend a little time on this lazy sunday, getting to know what makes Brooklyn Heights so special. There is definitely a twinkle, a little glimmer, especially during the evening hours when the sun is setting on one of the best views of Manhattan. Standing on the Promenade,  which I entered from Montague Street, I encountered a view like no other, and thankfully, a long row of benches stretching for 3 city blocks where one could sit down with a cup of chai and find some solace. I wanted to know if Truman Capote decided to live on Willow St. because of its close proximity to this view. I sure wouldn’t mind waking up to this in the morning.

The Henry Pierrepont Mansion located at one of the entrances to the Promenade “#2-3 Pierrepont Place” designed by Richard Upjohn in 1857

Written by agnesbstanton

January 16, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Posted in Brooklyn, Townhouse