Hidden New York: Warren Place Mews

It’s no secret that I find immense joy in geeking out on NYC. Going on an expedition to explore one of the many nooks and crannies in this great city? Sign me up! To my great pleasure, last weekend my friend Monique and I did just that. She’s a Brooklyn-native, so if there’s a corner of the borough to check out, she knows where it is.

After catching up over plates of cheesy grits and biscuits at Cobble Hill eatery/market, Ted and Honey, we walked around a part of Brooklyn I had never stepped foot in: Warren Place Mews.

Until we reached our destination, this section of Cobble Hill looked like any other: tree-lined streets, Brownstones and brick row houses. (Swoon, swoon and swoon.) Then we reached Warren Place. A vision in mid-19th century architecture and charm, this gated block of town homes made me fall in love with New York all over again. Just when I think I can’t stand to look at one more glassy high-rise, I remember that there is plenty of charming beauty to be seen.

A quick Google search told me that these Cobble Hill town homes were built to house working class families in the late 1800’s. The level of detail, from the wrought iron gates and spiral staircases to the old school doorbells (actual bells with rope), had me reeling. I’m no authority on architecture, but why aren’t buildings designed like this anymore? I guess it’s too expensive/modern design just went in a different direction, but I think we’re missing out on something here. Anyone want to open a revival architecture firm with me?

Here are a few pictures from our jaunt through the mews. (Please excuse the “meh” photography. iPhone 4 problems.)

IMG_4156 How charming!IMG_4158 How quaint! IMG_4160 There’s one of those darling little bells.IMG_4162 If only I could get inside…

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I’m sold on the Warren Street Mews. Although, who am I kidding? A Curbed NY listing had one of these babies going for $1.4 mill in 2013. Back in 1976, just one of the town homes sold for the micro price of $63,000. That’s NY for ya.