(this building isn’t on the tour but it is in Clinton Hill, sorry)
This is a bit on the voyeuristic side of things but this weekend, the Society for Clinton Hill is leading their annual house tour. For those of you who don’t know, Clinton Hill used to be the home of all the Manhattan Magnates of the late 19th Century. They’d come out to the “countryside” of Brooklyn (which it was at the time) and hang out in their enormous spreads. The houses on Clinton Avenue and Washington Avenue are some of the nicest in Brooklyn. It’s not exactly romantic, but on one of my first dates with my current girlfriend we went out looking at apartments to buy — so this is definitely not any weirder than that.
The tour includes a bit of history on the neighborhood and tours inside of 12 private homes in Clinton Hill. They’ve been doing this for 30 years now, so they should be pretty good at it. Anyway, here’s the deal:
What: Clinton Hill House Tour
Where: 259 Washington Avenue, in Front of St. Luke’s. Buy Tix on the spot.
Directions: Take the C or G train to “Clinton-Washington” and exit at the front of the Train (You’ll be on Washington Ave).
When: Sunday, May 6, 2007, noon to 5:00 pm
Cost: $20 if you buy in advance, $25 if you don’t.
Tip: It’s five hours, so bring walking shoes and be ready to stand.
Tip: If it’s a nice day (It’s supposed to be nice all weekend!), afterwards you should stop by Pequena in near-by Fort Greene for some delicious Mexican out-door eating and frozen margarita drinking. It’s cheap, nice, the staff is friendly and the food is delicious.
Where: South Portland between Lafayatte & Fulton.
(the map is wrong about where the subway is — WTF google?!)