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Cloth awnings hang over the doors of some 48th Street homes in the Central Sunset Park Historic District.

INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan

Celebrate Sunset Park landmarking with a summer stroll STELLAR ARCHITECTURE FOR WORKING-CLASS IMMIGRANTS OF YESTERYEAR — Continued from page 14INB — builder, Thomas Edwards, was the son of an Irish immigrant. As you stroll around these streets admiring the builders’ work, you’ll notice gardens and stoops lined with pots of flowers.

THE SUNSET PARK 50TH STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT A short walk away from the Sunset Park South Historic District, you’ll find the beautiful brownstones of the Sunset Park 50th Street Historic District, which is between Fourth and Fifth avenues. Once again, buildings on the corners of the two avenues are not part of the landmarked area. The 50 rowhouses in the 50th Street district — is there an echo in here? — were constructed between 1897 and 1899. LPC’s designation report about the Sunset Park 50th Street Historic District calls it “one of the neighborhood’s finest historic blocks.”

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There was some drama during the development of this block. The Waldron Brothers, who were builders, constructed 10 houses and then went broke and fled to Canada, the designation report says. The Hamilton Brothers, whom I mentioned a moment ago, built the other 40 houses.

THE CENTRAL SUNSET PARK HISTORIC DISTRICT A few blocks away, 47th Street and 48th Street blocks between Fifth and Sixth avenues comprise the Central Sunset Park Historic District. A stretch of Sixth Avenue from 47th Street to nearly 49th Street is also part of the district. Neo-Gothic-style Iglesia Presbiteriana Sion, which is on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 48th Street, is the only house of worship in Sunset Park’s four historic districts. It was built in 1921 and was originally called the Park Presbyterian Church. The LPC’s designation report about this new historic district says Eastern European Jewish families and immigrants from Italy, Germany, England, Scandinavia and Syria were the early inhabitants of its 140-plus, two-story rowhouses and small multifamily buildings. They were constructed between 1897 and 1907. Later, Norwegians became the area’s biggest ethnic group. And there was a large group of Syrian residents, “with many involved in the importing and retailing of lace, linens, kimonos and rugs,” the designation report notes.


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In 1908, Thomas Bennett designed a row of limestone houses with rounded bays and brownstone basements on 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. It’s a prime location — because the hilly recreation area that’s named Sunset Park is right across the street. These two-story homes are now part of the Sunset Park North Historic District. They’re dignified but not pretentious, beautiful but not intimidating the way really large limestone homes in rich people’s neighborhoods can be. The Sunset Park North Historic District also includes lowrise apartment buildings on the corners of Sixth Avenue. They were built between 1910 and 1914. These construction dates and lots of other helpful info can be found in a Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report. Brick rowhouses with flat facades on the 44th Street block between Sixth and Seventh avenues are also part of this historic district. Developer William Kay constructed them in 1903. In total, there are more than 50 buildings in the Sunset Park North Historic District.

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