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99. LJ DAVIS
We were lucky enough to have the delightful Davis write for us
a few years back, before he died, and the forthright godfather of Brownstone Brooklyn didn’t disappoint. One of the earliest to see the value of the borough’s now-totemic townhouses, rehabilitating a Boerum Hill building in 1965, Davis also had a keen eye for the self-aggrandizing myopia of his fellow “pioneers” and wrote an essential account of first-wave gentrification in his wonderful novel, A Meaningful Life
(reissued in 2009 with an intro from Jonathan Lethem, a childhood friend of Davis’s son).