Eye On Real Estate
By Lore Croghan
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A little bit of decay — or in some cases, a lot — can be absolutely eye-catching.
Brooklyn's got its fair share of buildings whose decrepitude is part of their charm.
The historic buildings at the Brooklyn Navy Yard's hospital annex, weather-beaten and astonishingly beautiful, are stellar examples.
Love Among the Ruins? For the real estate-obsessed, yes indeed. ( A digression: Which do you think of first when you read that title, the Robert Browning poem or the Katharine Hepburn-Laurence Olivier movie?)
Once these properties capture our attention, of course we want to know all about them.
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The storefront looks like it's been empty since the Middle Ages. But we can't take our eyes off this Bed-Stuy row house.
Say hello to 417 Tompkins Ave., on the corner of Hancock Street. In early-evening light, the red-brick upper floors glow. The locked-up shop seems mysterious.
City Finance Department records indicate it has belonged since 1974 to Patricia Wilcox.
It's at the other end of the block from a pair of worn-out but winning Bedford-Stuyvesant properties, 433 and 435 Tompkins Ave. See related story.