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Contents Introduction Downtown Around City Hall Brooklyn Heights North/Fulton Ferry/DUMBO/Vinegar Hill Brooklyn Heights South Fort Greene and Clinton Hill Williamsburg and Greenpoint Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens/ Boerum Hill Park Slope Prospect Park Institute Park General Index

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A sophisticated blend of ambience and attitude. From cobblestones to churches, row houses, fishing boats, and tree-lined streets, Brooklyn boasts enriching public spaces and diversely beautiful landscapes. The illustrious history of Brooklyn comes to life in this guide, which focuses on northern and central Brooklyn, including the oldest urbanized areas, the vast "brownstone belt," and some of the principal industrial areas such as: Downtown Brooklyn Heights Prospect Park Fort Greene and Clinton Hill
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  • Paperback: 481 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; First Edition edition (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586850474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586850470
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just bought this book and I absolutely love it. It's a treasure that I'm sure I'll take with me on many a weekend walk around Brooklyn. True to the title, this is an excellent guidebook to Brooklyn, but it's much more than this. It includes lots of historical and cultural information about the buildings, political figures and architects connected to the various neighborhoods and buildings that Morrone describes. Obviously the author feels the same love for the borough that many Brooklynites share, and this comes through in the affectionate and informative details he relates. The layout is very reader-friendly as well, and the photos (though black and white) capture many of the most noteworthy buildings. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in city architecture and history.
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Morrone's passion for urban life is infectious. He puts things in a broad historical and cultural context to give a real sense of how and why the neighborhoods of Brooklyn evolved. Few books of this kind even attempt to do that, let alone do it well. The book is well written, with many astute observations, and often very funny.
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Everything in this book is 100% correct: Mr Morrone is doubtless a perfectionist in his research and I mean that as a compliment. You want to know the history of a building, an area in Brooklyn or an architect, this book is the ne plus ultra.
I give it 3 stars because his writing style is a tad heavy. It reminds me of Frasier Crane, he of the tv show "Frasier".
But it is good enough to merit a double purchase: One you keep at home and the second you rip out pages at a time as you work your way through the various sections/chapters in Brooklyn. I am never in favor of destroying books, but given the size of this tome, buying two and giving one of them a good going over in the streets of Brooklyn is entirely acceptable.
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An elegant writer and gifted independent scholar, Francis Morrone has done his adopted home proud in An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn. With sharp descriptions and apposite facts, Morrone conveys both the complexity and vibrancy of one of New York City's largest boroughs. Readers may well disagree with a few of his assured opinions but what use is a guidebook without a point of view? Morrone's perceptive comments, illustrated by James Iska's graceful photographs, make An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn a boon for both the Brooklyn visitor and the armchair New York fan alike.
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