Brooklyn News: The Coffin Corner Explained


The Mythology of the Coffin Corner

It is perhaps understandable that the term coffin corner has persisted as a bit of old house lore. “Stair niche” doesn’t quite have the same zing. A recess found at the turn of a tight staircase in houses of the mid 19th century, the decorative detail has a much less somber use than its nickname implies.

bay ridge - living room with view into elevated dining area

Bay Ridge One-Bedroom With Foyer, Arched Doorways, Five Closets Asks $429K

An early advertising brochure promised “abundant closet room” in this six-story Bay Ridge building, and this unit does offer numerous closets along with a spacious foyer, wood floors, picture rails, and arched doorways.

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Top 10 Brooklyn Real Estate Listings: A Midwood Standalone, a Park Slope Co-op

The most popular listings on Brownstoner the week before Christmas included a Clinton Hill wood frame, a Midwood row house, and a Bay Ridge standalone.

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A fire broke out at Bushwick’s Lipsius-Cook mansion in September. Photo by Anna Bradley-Smith

Fire at Lipsius-Cook Mansion on Bushwick Avenue Damages Historic House, Leaves Tenants in Limbo

The historic Lipsius-Cook mansion on Bushwick Avenue has been left fire damaged after a blaze broke out in the 130-year-old landmarked house on Saturday, September 23. The fire department said one person was injured in the fire but refused medical treatment.

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The former brewery at 130 3rd Street. Photo by Susan De Vries

Former Gowanus Brewery, Clinton Hill Warehouse Slated to Become Migrant Shelters

Under emergency contracts relating to the migrant crisis, and with little public oversight, warehouses in Gowanus and Clinton Hill are being converted into large homeless shelters that could potentially operate for years.

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