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Grace Court Alley

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Block of intact historic carriage houses

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Borough : Brooklyn
Neighborhood : Brooklyn Heights
Roadway/ Sidewalk, What New Yorkers Find Beautiful, Historic Site & Museum

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Everyday, countless tourists and New Yorkers casually walk by Grace Court Alley on their way to take in the view of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Promenade. Located off Hicks Street in the heart of Brooklyn Heights, Grace Court Alley gives the pedestrian a glimpse into a lost time in New York City and Brooklyn history.

Grace Court Alley was originally an unnamed horse stable alley used by the Remsen family, who lived in a nearby mansion. Its name came from Grace Church, built across the street from the alley in 1847. The architect Richard Upjohn, who just the year before had designed Trinity Church on Wall Street in lower Manhattan, designed Grace Church in a Gothic Revival style. The church used Grace Court Alley as a stable alley, or mews, for a period of time, and as development continued in Brooklyn Heights, it was also used as mews for mansions...

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Forgotten NY profile of Grace Court Alley


Peter Steinberg

This 1 block long, dead end street is one of the very few streets left in all of New York City filled almost exclusively filled with mid-19th century carriage houses that served the townhouse mansions of Joralemon and Remsen Streets. These are 2 and 3 story tall carriage houses, with a variety of styles and doors, almost all with the original "hay cranes" still intact. The very facades of these buildings are what make them special.

If this, and the few other streets like it in the city were to disappear, we'd have no visual understanding of how the lives of the well-off worked in the pre-automobile era. (January 2007)

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