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Cadman Plaza Towers Photo, Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn Heights was the first architectually landmarked area in the United States. In the 1950's ten blocks of beautiful hundred-year-old brownstones were destroyed to make way for Cadman Plaza, a complex of four 35 story-high concrete apartment towers and many cement-faced townhouses surrounded by barren private plazas. In response the residents of Brooklyn Heights formed a neighborhood association that fought for and achived legal protection covering all of the remaining brownstones.

Prior to the Civil War, Brooklyn Heigths had the same wrought iron railings and balconies that make New Orleans so charming. And they were created by the same New York State foundries. However during the War Between The States, patriotic Brooklyn homeoweners donated their metal decorations to be melted down and used for weaponry. The iron railings that exist today are modern replacements most installed during the neighborhood's affluent upturn of the last twenty years.

In addition to the Victorian townhouses, The Heights has two eccentric Queen Anne style homes on Willow Street. Also there are more than twenty wooden, Federal Era buildings, many of which are scattered along Hicks Street. The oldest home in The Heights is on the corner of Willow and Cranberry Streets. It is notable because it is the only wooden house that still maintains the separate back building that once housed servants.

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