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Much as we’re weary of the mallification of Bushwick’s art scene, tenants in the go-to gallery building at 56 Bogart—from the ever-reliable non-profits Momenta Art and NURTUREart to a solid set of commercial spaces that now includes Studio 10, Robert Henry Contemporary, Slag Gallery, and Fuchs Projects—are coexisting wonderfully and collaborating on impossibly packed mass openings while maintaining curatorial independence.
Cutest Private Street
Harrison Alley, Vinegar Hill
If you’ve never wandered through the strange few blocks that constitute Vinegar Hill, you really should. Like, just around the corner from the popular Vinegar Hill House restaurant is this alley, basically a driveway, long-since (always?) fenced off by the people who live in the house at its end. (A curious sculpture surrounds their mailbox on the public side of the fence.) Yet it still has an official city street sign, adorably hanging off a crooked pole.
Most Unusual Residential Block
Park Place, between Classon and Franklin avenues, Crown Heights
What a peculiar block: why, as you get nearer to Franklin, does the street decline but not the sidewalk? Leaving an almost two-foot height differential? Necessitating fences along the curb, and the occasional short staircase for access? Is it because of the S train stop? Why is there a shuttle-train station smack dab in the middle of a residential street?
Weirdest Elevated Block
Seeley Street, between 18th Street and Prospect Park Southwest, Windsor Terrace
We were walking around the Windy T one day when we came to the spot where Prospect Avenue crosses Seeley—or rather, crosses under it. Whaaa? Now, we ain’t no engineers, but we can’t think of another spot in the borough where two otherwise perfectly ordinary streets intersect without actually intersecting.
Weirdest Residential Highway Block
17th Street, between Fourth and Fifth avenues, South Slope
You’re walking up this block and then all of a sudden you’re crossing an on-ramp to the Prospect Expressway. In the middle of a residential street? WTF? We looked at an apartment once on the north side of this street, and its back windows looked right out onto the expressway, to which it was level. For noise, pollution and privacy reasons, we passed on that place.
Photo by Austin McAllister