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This tiny, hard-to-find street is part of the Albemarle-Kenmore Terraces Historic District and is lined with brick houses in the neo-Federalist style. Although they were built in the early 20th century, they look like they were built in the time of the Revolutionary War. And looks are what really matter.
Best Block To Pretend It’s the 1950s
E. 3rd Street, between Vanderbilt Street and Greenwood Avenue, Windsor Terrace
This is the kind of block where people hang out on their porches, saying hi to their neighbors who are walking their dogs. There are multiple block parties every year in which kids run around in water arcing up from opened fired hydrants. Friends play catch or hockey in the street because there isn’t too much traffic. There’s even a woman who all the kids think is a witch, because she’s inscrutable and has an aggressive dog. Probably she is a witch. It’s a little piece of Pleasantville right in the middle of Brooklyn.
Best Block To Pretend It’s the 1970s
Evergreen Avenue, between Bleecker and Greene, Bushwick
There’s no compelling evidence here that things have really changed much at all in the past several decades. The lived-in awnings on the delis and laundromat, the vinyl-sided houses that all have the exact same design—down to the white piping and identical fences—and the low-key traffic that would lend itself to kids roaming around on banana-seated bikes.
Photo by Austin McAllister